We love baking cookie bars at our house- the recipe is simple, so it is easy to get the kids involved. And I love that you just pat the dough into the pan to bake- nothing to roll into balls or cut out with cookie cutters. We prefer to make a triple batch of the dough and then divide it up to make chocolate chip cookie bars, butterscotch chip cookie bars, and plain cookie bars (without chips). This favorite family dessert recipe makes a single batch of dough, which bakes in a 9×9 pan:
When making it with the kids, I usually have one mix the wet ingredients while the other one preps the dry ingredients. Then we add the flour mixture to the sugar and butter mixture:
Mixing until just combined before pressing the dough into a pan. (I doubled the recipe for this 11 x17 pan):
Bake until golden brown on top, and allow to cool completely before cutting into squares:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe:
- 2 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
- ½ cup of sugar
- ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1½ cups chocolate chips (or any kind of chip, or even none at all!)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- Place the butter and sugars into the mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes).
- Add the egg and vanilla and mix until they are fully incorporated. Add the flour mixture and beat until just combined.
- Press the dough into a 9×9 inch baking pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until golden brown on top. Allow to cool, and then cut into squares to serve.
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