Thursday, April 25, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Sometimes you need to make dessert. You know? You're craving some home-cooked goodness, or a little bit of sugar is what you need to get your mind off a rough day (or night) at work. I recommend you makes the chocolate chip cookie bars. It's simple as that.
Just a few lovely, basic ingredients and you are off and running. Sort of like you're making basic chocolate chip cookies but in bar form. 
After creaming the butter and sugars, you get this golden brown goodness. This is one of those moments where I feel like licking the beater should be better than it actually is. Just hold out until we add the flour. 

See, that's the good stuff. Feel free to eat a spoonful, or two. You deserve it!
After folding in the walnuts (which are optional) and the chips is also a good place to do some taste testing. 
Now we have it spread in a well-greased pan. And we bake. Waiting is hard.
After 28 minutes, I took mine out a few minutes too early because I wanted them a little gooey. They're delicious slightly warm. I also froze half of them and have been eating them that way and MAN are they good. Hope you enjoy!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Makes 12 bars
  • 2 sticks butter (1/2 lb), slightly softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 12 oz chocolate chips (semi-sweet or dark)
To Make:

1) Preheat oven to 350. Grease a baking pan (I used 9x13 but 8x12 would also work)

2) Using an electric mixer, or hand mixer, cream the butter, brown sugar and granulate sugar, until smooth. About 2-3 minutes. Then add vanilla and eggs, one at a time. 

3) In separate bowl, whisk together flour, soda, and salt. Add slowly to wet ingredients, scraping down the sides of the bowl as you go. Finally, fold in walnut or chocolate chips. Pour into the pan and spread evenly. 

4) Bake for 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan and cut into bars. Enjoy!

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