Making chocolate chip cookies from scratch is not difficult. In fact, it’s quite simple. But, even I can be lazy enough to not want to spend time plopping dough by the tablespoonful onto cookie sheets, batch-by-batch.
And that’s why cookie bars were invented. All of the cookie dough bliss, with none of the individual cookie fuss.
First you cream butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl until they’re soft and fluffy, and then mix in the eggs and vanilla.
Next sift flour, baking soda and salt into the butter mixture and then stir it just until a dough is made, lastly folding in the chocolate chips. Then press the dough into a buttered 9×11″ baking dish, and bake it for 20-25 minutes at 375°F, or until it’s golden brown and set.
Make sure to let the cookie bars rest for about 10-15 minutes after pulling them out of the oven before cutting them, otherwise you might have a gooey mess on your hands.
Not that a gooey mess would be a bad thing, it could actually be quite good! Just not the “bars” you envisioned….
- 2 sticks salted butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup light brown sugar (packed)
- 2 eggs (room temperature)
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (12-ounces)
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Using a mixer, cream the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar together in a large bowl until the mixture becomes light and fluffy. Add the eggs and the vanilla, and continue mixing until they’re combined.
- In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking soda and salt together. Add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture about ¼ cup at a time (just eyeball it), making sure to incorporate fully before adding more. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Press the cookie dough evenly into a lightly buttered 9x11" baking dish. Bake the bars for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the center has set.
- Remove the chocolate chip cookie bars from the oven and let them cool for 15 minutes before cutting.