It seems that no matter how creative I get with recipes, I always find my way back to the classics, like these Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars. I’m not sure that I’ve found anything that I like better than a buttery chewy cookie studded with chocolate morsels, especially fresh out of the oven, when the chocolate is soft, melted, and gooey. Sometimes I don’t want to mess around with creating something new and worrying about whether or not they are going to turn out as I had imagined. The cookies are dependable, we all like dependable right? These cookies are perfect every time. They never leave me hanging which is good because sometimes I just need a cookie. I don’t want store bought cookies, I want freshly baked homemade cookies, but I don’t always have time to hang out in the kitchen setting timers, pulling cookie sheets in and out of the oven, and most importantly fending off my toddler from getting burnt. Have you ever tried switching cookie sheets with a toddler swarming the oven? Yikes, she scares me to death and though I love my cookies, I love that sweet little face more and just can’t chance letting her get burned. I don’t have to worry about any of that with this recipe for chocolate chip bar cookies, once in and once out. They come together in a snap, with pantry ingredients we all keep in hand, so that you can have fresh baked chocolate chip cookie in a flash when you need them, or more importantly when you just need a cookie, or two. Okay three, but don’t tell. What about you? Do you find comfort in the classics?
- 2 2/3 cups flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup butter softened
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups chocolate chip divided
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray or grease the bottom only of a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in a small bowl and set aside.
Beat butter on medium speed until light in color and creamy. Beat in sugars. Beat eggs in one at at time adding vanilla with last egg, until combined. Add dry ingredients half at a time, scraping bowl in between halves, and beat on medium speed until combined. Stir in 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips. Spread batter in prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining 3/4 cup of chocolate chips evenly over the top of the bars and lightly press them into the top of the cookies. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until just starting to brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely and cut into bars.