Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are as good as a cookie but so simple to make without the extra step of individually scooping the cookies onto a cookie sheet.  Great for desserts, lunch boxes or snacks.

Who doesn't like Chocolate Chip Cookies?  Even I, who can skip over just about anything chocolate, love Chocolate Chip Cookies. These Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are so easy to make and have the added advantage of not needing to be scooped out individually on a cookie sheet.  Just mix, spread, bake and cut into desired size. Simple as that!  

I am a "nuts in" person when it comes to Chocolate Chip Cookies. My father, who made the absolutely best cookies, always put nuts in his CCCs, so my earliest memories of these delicacies have that nutty flavour mingled with the sweetness of the cookie and chocolate.  Over the years I stopped putting nuts in CCCs because the boys couldn't take them to school with so many people allergic to nuts and peanuts.  But if you can put in the nuts, do so.  They add so much to the flavour of the cookie.  This recipe specifically calls for pecans but walnuts will taste just as good (unless you don't like walnuts).  

I don't know where this recipe came from but wherever or whomever it comes from, I thank you.  

Note: These cookie bars use butter in the batter but because there are no eggs in the recipe it is easy to convert these into vegan cookies if you use a vegan margarine or butter substitute.  

Printable recipe at bottom of post.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
¾ cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).  Lightly grease or line with parchment paper, a 15x10-inch jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with sides.

Mix or sift together the flour and salt.  In a large bowl, beat together the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the flour into the creamed butter mixture a little at a time. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts, if using. Mix until well blended. Press and press batter into prepared pan.

Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven an place on cooling rack. Immediately score the bars, using the tip of a sharp knife, into the amount of bars you want.  Let cool 5 minutes and cut along the score marks.  I cut mine 6 by 4 to give me 24 bars. Finish cooling in pan on the wire rack.  

When completely cool, store in airtight container.  I suppose they'll last at least 2 weeks but they'll be long gone before that!  The bars can also be frozen.  

Makes about 24-36 bars, depending on the size you want. 



Prepare the pan by lightly greasing and/or lining with parchment paper.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.


Mix or sift the flour and salt together.  Place the butter, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl.  Today I pulled out my trusty hand mixer to beat everything together until fluffy.  This will take about 5 minutes with a hand mixer.  Gradually add the flour.  (No need for a flour shower when gradually adding.)  Stir or mix in the chocolate chips and the nuts.  


Spread and press the batter into the prepared pan.  Smooth out the top and pop it in the preheated 350 degree oven.  Bake 20 minutes or until the top is golden.


Place the hot pan of bars on a cooling rack and immediately score the surface into the amount of bars you want.  I scored mine 4 by 6 to produce 24 bars. You can make them a little smaller if you cut them 6 by 6 for 36 bars.


Let the pan of bars cool 5 minutes then completely cut through the score marks. Let the bars cool completely in the pan.


 Ah. . . the coveted end pieces.  Lucky Don!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
If you are serving the bars at a family gathering or party, pile them nicely on a pretty plate.  Store any uneaten bars in an airtight container.  But they won't last long. . . trust me!


Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
You know I'm not a chocolate lover so I had to force myself to try one. . . just so I could tell you they are FABULOUS!


Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
All the great taste of a Chocolate Chip Cookie!
Yum, yum, yum!



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