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You are absolutely going to LOVE these easy and delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars, along with 500,000+ others who have pinned this recipe.
Be sure to check to check out the FAQ at the end of this post, photo instructions + recipes for a few other crowd favorites you’ll want to have up your sleeve.
MEET THE BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE BAR!
It’s pretty bold to claim something as the best, but these chocolate chip cookie bars really are the. very. best.
Especially if you want the deliciousness of homemade cookies with only 10 minutes of hands-on-time.
These cookie bars have been a favorite in our house forever now…and I’m so excited to share this recipe with you.
YOU READY TO SAVE TONS OF TIME IN THE KITCHEN?
We get it! You are not alone in wanting to create a delicious dessert without spending all day in the kitchen. Because between work, homework, and housework, there just always isn’t time to have hours creating a masterpiece.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t show up with a homemade dessert with very minimal effort on your part.
That is why you’ll love these Chocolate Chip Cookie bars.
You can still enjoy the comfort of homemade cookies without needing to roll out each one! Seriously.
COOKIE RECIPE PERFECT FOR ANY OCCASION
This chocolate chip cookie bar recipe is one you’ll want to pin, print and keep up your sleeve all year long. It’s the perfect go-to treat recipe when you need one for:
- lunchboxes & after-school snacks
- baby & bridal showers
- family gatherings
- cookie exchange
- Sunday night desserts
- quick dessert for a new mom
- the first day of school
THIS RECIPE + COOKIE BAR PAN = THE EASIEST GIFT IDEA!
This recipe is loved by hundreds of thousands of people, so why not give this as a gift? This recipe paired with this perfect inexpensive cookie bar pan would IS the easiest gift ever. It’s perfect for:
- a bridal shower
- a housewarming gift
- a Christmas gift
- a wedding gift
- a Favorite Things party (because these are quickly going to be your favorite thing. )
Save this recipe for ANYTIME you need a fast homemade dessert!
NO NEED FOR ROLLING OUT INDIVIDUAL COOKIES!
Personally, I have never been a huge fan of chocolate chip cookie bars. Most of the recipes I’ve tried are dry, crumbly, and the flavor doesn’t do it for me.
I was flipping through our family recipe book when I came across this cookie bar recipe from my Aunt Sherol. I needed a quick dessert, so I decided to give this chocolate chip cookie recipe a try.
It was love at first bite! I know you’ll love it, too!
WHY THIS RECIPE WILL BECOME YOUR NEW FAVORITE:
- They turn out perfect every single time I make them in my favorite inexpensive 9×13 pan.
- These cookie bars have a delicious flavor.
- The consistency is perfect-not too soft, not too hard, just right.
- They look pretty perfect when you cut them up.
- The bars can be made in advance and stored for a day or two.
- All of the ingredients are standard, basic ingredients you’ll have on hand in your pantry.
- These cookie bars are freezer-friendly! You can make them ahead of time and freeze them.
Like I mentioned before…
I use this easy and quick recipe when I need a treat in a hurry. Need a treat to take to someone? Or a last minute party dessert? I promise you, you will not be disappointed!
YOU CAN HAVE A FEW DOZEN COOKIES MADE IN 30 MINUTES!
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE BARS
You don’t need to be a professional baker to have success with these cookie bars, but here are a few steps you’ll want to be sure to follow to ensure they turn out perfectly.
Cream the butter and sugars for a few minutes until you get a mixture that looks like this. Make sure it’s light and fluffy.
Then add in the flour and dry ingredients and give it a good mix. Your dough should now look like this:
Hint: I never sift the flour and dry ingredients together first because that’s just one extra bowl to clean. However, just make sure that you add the flour first, and then add the other dry ingredients onto the pile of flour. Stir quickly with a dry spoon to “sift” and then mix all together.
Stir in the chocolate chips. There is no need to measure the amount of chocolate chips out. Just pour straight form the bag until you’ve added enough to your liking. I usually use about 2 cups.
This dough only takes about 5-7 minutes to make! Super fast and easy!
With the dough all made, you’re ready to bake! Spray your 9×13 pan pan with your favorite cooking spray. I use Vegalene cooking spray because it has less junk in it than typical spray. And the big can lasts forever.
Firmly press your dough into the pan so that the dough is evenly distributed. Sprinkle a few more chocolate chips on top for good measure!
Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes. *See the FAQ for more details about this temperature and time!
WAYS TO SERVE THESE COOKIE BARS
Eat the cookie bars straight from the pan. Or try serving them warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Store the rest for your party or gathering. Just pop the 9×13 pan lid on top and you’re set to go!
HOW MANY COOKIES DOES ONE RECIPE MAKE?
This recipe will make 24 (2 dozen) good-sized cookie bars. You can cut them smaller to make bite-sized portions that are cute for baby showers or gatherings.
WHAT KIND OF PAN SHOULD I USE?
I always bake my cookie bars in this 9×13 Nordic Ware baking pan from Amazon. I have tried a few other pans, but without question, they always turn out better in this pan. A great pan makes all the difference!
I’ve had this pan for 12 years now and it’s still holding up strong.
CAN I USE A GLASS PAN?
A glass pan will make the cookie bars turn out on the soggy side. If soggy cookies are your thing, go for it. But I prefer the firm, crisp edges that my aluminum pan give these cookie bars. After all, I want them to turn out like cookies. And I’m betting you do, too.
CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED?
Yes, of course! This recipe doubles well. Just make sure you use a large enough mixing bowl to hold all the ingredients. Add about 3-5 extra minutes to the baking time.
And use a large baking sheet or 2, 9×13 pans.
WHAT KIND OF BAKING CHOCOLATE CHIPS DO YOU USE?
Other good combinations:
- milk + semi-sweet
- butterscotch + semi-sweet
- semi-sweet chocolate or dark chocolate + toffee bits
- white-chocolate chips
- holiday colored M&Ms
So Festive Tip: Keep chocolate chips in the freezer to keep them fresher longer.
WHAT IF THE DOUGH IS TOO CRUMBLY?
I have had a lot of readers telling me their dough is too crumbly. I have never had this problem. But, if you do, you can add an extra egg or reduce the flour. I live at high altitude, so if you are at a lower elevation, you may need to adjust how much flour you use.
HOW LONG SHOULD I BAKE MY COOKIES?
I’ve had the best turnout baking these chocolate chip cookie bars for about 25 minutes. I live at high altitude, so you may need to adjust the timing just a bit. A lot of readers have left comments below, so you could read what others say. Mostly, just watch for the bars to be golden brown in color. It won’t hurt if you overbake them a few minutes. It’s all up to your preference.
I also love giving this 9×13 aluminum baking pan as a wedding, favorite things, or housewarming gift with this Chocolate Chip Cookie bar recipe, which you can get right here:
OTHER “BEST” RECIPES TO ADD TO YOUR COLLECTION:
Caramel Oatmeal Cookie Bars (quick and simple and ohhh so good!)
THE BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE BAR RECIPE
GET THIS PERFECT COOKIE BAR PAN FOR YOU OR AS A GIFT
2 dozen chocolate chip cookies with no rolling out! This recipe will quickly become a go-to when you need to feed a crowd in a hurry.
- 1 cup butter or margarine, at room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups flour
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 3/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1 cup chocolate chips (or more if desired)
- Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream butter, sugars, and vanilla together until light and fluffy.
- Add in eggs. Mix well.
- Stir in flour, salt and baking soda until combined.
- Gently fold in chocolate chips and nuts if desired.
- Spread on greased 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, or until lightly golden brown on top.
Feel free to substitute any type of baking chip you like. Great varieties include: butterscotch, dark chocolate, white chocolate or even holiday m&m’s are great mixins.
- Category: Desserts
Keywords: cookie bars, chocolate chip cookie bars