Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Bittersweet Chocolate Chip Bars

Want chocolate chip cookies but dont feel like standing at the oven making cookies?  Want a recipe for chocolate chip "cookies" that you melt the butter rather than waiting for it to get to room temperature?  Want a chocolate chip cookie bar recipe that mixes up in a pinch so you can bring it to a party?  Enter the bittersweet chocolate chip bar!  Wahoo!  Cheers! Celebration!  Chewing! Hmmmm, dah-licious Lori!  Why thank you!

Yup.  It's all good people. Give it a try.

Bittersweet Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

2 cups plus 2 tablespoons (10 1/2 ounces) unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
12 tablespoons butter (1 1/2 sticks), melted and cooled slightly
1 cup (7 ounces) light brown sugar
1/2 (3 1/2 ounces) cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips (or whatever you like)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9X13-inch baking pan with foil, letting the excess hang over the edges of the pan by about 1 inch so you can grab the edges and pull the bars from the pan after they have baked. Spray the foil-lined pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Mix the flour, salt, and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside. Whisk the melted butter and sugars in a large bowl until combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix well. Using a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture until just combined; do not overmix. Fold in the chocolate chips and turn the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with the spatula.

Bake until the top of the bars is light golden brown, slightly firm to the touch, and edges start pulling away from sides of pan, 24-28 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Remove the bars from the pan by lifting the foil overhang and transfer them to a cutting board. Cut into 2-inch squares and serve.



Girl, you had me with chocolate chips! I hear (read) chocolate and I'm all in!

Jessica {The Novice Chef} said...

These sound awesome!

MaryMoh said...

These look very delicious. I love the uneven top...looks cool :D Thanks very much for sharing. MaryMoh at

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Haha great introduction, and I'm with "Marymoh" I love the uneven puffy looks really appetizing! I can imagine sinking my teeth into this, ohh :D

Joanne said...

Bars are my favorite way to make cookies! Love how little hassle they are.

Justin said...

i could really go for one of these bars right now

How To Be Perfect said...

These look so freakin' delicious! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe x

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm trying this with PB chips.

grace said...

i can't even tell you how much i prefer bars to cookies--SO much more quick and simple. :)

Megan said...

Cant go wrong with these bars! I made them at Christmas with mint chips or extract, I cant remember. It's hell getting old! ;)

kat said...

Those all sound like good reasons to make these!

Ingrid said...

You talkin' to me? Sure sounds like it Lori! As a matter of fact this has Ingrid written all over it! :) Thanks, you know I've got this bookmarked.

Ingrid said...

Hey, Lori! Can I just add in 2 eggs instead of 1 egg plus one yoke? What am gonna do with just one egg white? I'm trying to make this now. You're probably busy with the girls and cleaning up dinner....rats guess these will have to wait for tomorrow. Thanks for your help!

Ingrid said...

They are semi-cooled and sitting on my counter. There might be a piece or two missing. :) They are very good but they would have been off the hook good if I had remembered to add the vanilla instead of finding it hidden behind the flour canister. :( Like you suggested I went ahead and added the whole egg instead of just the yoke.

Thanks, Lori! Hope you guys are having a super Saturday!

Dandy said...

These are just coming out of the oven... and they smell divine.

suzybel56 said...

I have been into baking lately and will definitely make these. Sometimes cookies are finicky to shape & if I can save a step I will.