Rich and chocolatey, these Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are a satisfying treat perfect for any occasion.
I used to dream of being the mom with an always filled cookie jar, ready for the kids to return home from school. I even bought myself what I considered the perfect cookie jar a few years ago. And for a little while, I was successful.
But at some point, I stopped baking every week. Turns out we didn’t need that many treats in our lives. And, along the way, I accepted that it’s okay if I am not that mom. I don’t have to be.
That doesn’t mean I don’t love to bake up sweet treats now and again though. And these cookie bars? They are an excellent sweet treat. Better yet, they are so easy to make.
Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are rich, chocolatey and buttery bars that are perfect cut into small pieces. That’s all you need for the sweet satisfaction. But with small pieces, you can also have a little extra if you really, really want it.
Making these bars is simple. I like the mix the cookie dough in my stand mixer. Butter and sugar goes in first, followed by eggs and vanilla and the flour and other ingredients are added. The chocolate chips round out the dough making.
Once the dough is ready, you spread it out into a greased and floured glass baking pan. A rubber spatula works wonders for this step.
Then it’s all baked to perfection.
Once the bars are out of the oven, let them cool for about 20 minutes. Then cut them into pieces. I typically aim for 24 squares. It’s really the perfect size, even if you might think they are a wee bit small at first.
Now, you’re ready to devour these bars. Dig in and enjoy.
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- 2 cups dark chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour a 9x13-inch baking pan. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the softened butter and brown sugar, until it's uniformly light brown. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat well on medium speed to combine (about 1 minute).
- Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. With the stand mixer running on low, add a little at a time to the butter mixture until just incorporated. Add the chocolate chips and mix briefly to combine.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread out into one even layer.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden. Let cool for 20 minutes before cutting into 24 bars. Enjoy!