I know many of you are planning your holiday baking, so I wanted to share an easy recipe for bar cookies today. Last year, the kids and I were trying to find a faster way to make one of our favorite treats, and we came up with some goodies we loved so much that we called them the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Ever. Of course, that’s what we thought, but they really were very good. Anyway, we decided to try a chocolate version of the same recipe, and these Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars were born.
The bars look like brownies, but the center is much chewier, and the good part is that you only need one bowl to make them — that’s right, one bowl. And the bad part? Well, there really isn’t a bad part, except that you’ll be tempted to eat them all up. And, because you only need one bowl, you’ll want to make them as often as possible!
To give them as much chocolate flavor as possible without being too strong, I added both dark chocolate and regular unsweetened cocoa powder. You could probably use only the regular cocoa, but the Dutch-process cocoa powder gives these bars an added richness.
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon Dutch-process cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark)
- 1 teaspoon natural, unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Powdered sugar for dusting over the top of the bars
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In the microwave, melt butter in one large microwaveable bowl
Add the sugars, and stir. The batter will be stiff, but that’s normal.
Add the eggs, one at a time and mix well after each egg.
Then, mix in the vanilla.
Add the flour, cocoa powders, salt, baking powder and cinnamon, and mix together.
Add the chocolate chips, and press mixture into a greased 13×9 baking pan.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
The exact baking time may vary, depending upon your oven, but just be sure not to overbake the bars — You want them to be soft and gooey!
I sprinkled some powdered sugar over the bars before serving, and I found that this was a nice contrast to the cocoa flavor.
These did not last long at our house. I want to blame that entirely on the kids, but that wouldn’t be fair. I may have had a few of these goodies myself.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to begin our holiday baking! When do you start?
Thanks so much for visiting. Happy baking to you!