Chocolate chip cookie bars are a delightful twist on the classic cookie. Combining the chewy texture of cookies with the convenience of bars, they are a must-try for any baking enthusiast, home cook, or chocolate lover. This guide will walk you through each step of making these delicious treats.

chocolate chip cookie bars

Ingredients

Here's what you'll need to get started:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Preheat and Prepare

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan or line it with parchment paper for easy removal.

2. Mix Dry Ingredients

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. This ensures that the leavening agents are evenly distributed.

3. Combine Wet Ingredients

In a large bowl, mix the melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until smooth. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.

4. Create the Dough

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix. Fold in the chocolate chips.

5. Layer and Bake

Spread the cookie dough evenly into the prepared baking pan. Smooth the top with a spatula to ensure even baking. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Optional Add-Ins and Variations

  • Nuts: Add 1 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans for a crunchy texture.
  • Different Chips: Substitute half of the chocolate chips with white chocolate or butterscotch chips.
  • Fruit: Fold in 1/2 cup of dried cranberries or raisins for a fruity twist.

Serving and Storing Tips

  • Serving: Allow the bars to cool completely in the pan before cutting into squares. This ensures clean cuts and perfect squares.
  • Storing: Store the cookie bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. For longer storage, freeze the bars for up to three months.

Conclusion

These chocolate chip cookie bars are a crowd-pleaser and incredibly easy to make. Perfect for any occasion, they are sure to become a favorite in your baking repertoire. Give this recipe a try and share your delicious results with us!

Happy Baking! šŸŖ

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