Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
It can’t be Valentine’s Day without a sweet treat to end a meal. I spent the morning baking these yummy chocolate chip cookie bars so that I wouldn’t disappoint my kiddos when they ask what’s for dinner tonight since it’s a special day.
Last year I served lobster, steak and crab and that was really a lot of work for a Tuesday night, so this year I kept it simple with a delicious Greek style Salmon and Orzo Dish. With Lent starting, I wanted to keep the tradition of no meat on Ash Wednesday for my kids and since they love salmon, I figured they would love the dish. But I digress, let me get back to the dessert!
Over the holidays I attended our neighborhood’s annual cookie exchange. I always try a new cookie recipe for these events because I like to experiment with different cookies, but when I asked my husband and kids what they wanted me to bake, the answer was surprisingly simple – chocolate chip cookies. I guess we’ve all gotten so carried away at making fancy and unique cookies, but my kids are always wanting the tried and true chocolate chip cookie. Rather than bake lot’s of individual cookies, I went for a cookie bar recipe instead and cut it into smaller pieces. I doubled the batch and made two trays and ended up with about 90 bars, which was perfect!
Since it is Valentine’s Day, I had the best intentions to bake these with the red and pink M&M’s, but to my annoyance, the entire package was missing this morning when I went to add them to the mix. They were in the pantry just yesterday, but somehow they magically disappeared in a day. I can just guess that my husband threw the bag away trying to prevent me from baking as he has the worst sweet tooth and zero self control and he’s trying to keep his shape for spring break. I baked them anyway, but without the M&M’s. Instead I topped with vanilla ice cream and sprinkles – which just makes the cookie bar a true dessert!
I did use milk chocolate chips rather than semi-sweet, but they taste great either way! Take advantage of the hot deal on Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips at Safeway and make these for dessert this week!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup 2 sticks butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels
- Preheat oven to 375° F. Grease 15 x 10-inch sheet pan.
- In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips with a wooden spoon or spatula
- Spread into prepared pan, using a knife to smooth the top
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack.
- Cut into bars.
- Serve with vanilla ice cream
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