Chocolate Chip Bars

Never satisfied with just one. An immediate need to eat another before the last bite and 10 cookies later you do not know how the package depleted. These cookies are addictive.

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I caved. I bought a box! The little boxes of death…the cute little girls sweetly offering you cookies. I had been so good. I continued to walk past and not buy any. Part of the self control came from the fact that I never carry cash. It was an easy decision and I did not feel like I was missing out. Then they got me. I was at a brewery, of course, and they were accepting payment by credit card. Really!?!

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For those that can maintain the self control, I am providing a “healthier,” homemade, possibly just as addictive ;), substitution. It is not a thin mint recipe but Cara over at Fork and Beans has a gluten-free thin mint recipe and tagalong recipe. Then Heather at Sweet Precision has a delicious looking recipe for Samoas. Samoas are my favorite but I love thin mints too 🙂

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Here is a soft, chewy, and chocolaty cookie bar recipe that will satisfy the sweet tooth. Though I caved and bought thin mints, I had been craving chocolate chip bars. Don’t ask why. It is a random craving but sometimes you just want simple and easy 😀

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Though it is a basic recipe, I didn’t have a personal one that I use. Laura over at Real Mom Kitchen had a great recipe. Her cookie bars looked better than mine but they tasted just as amazing 🙂

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2 1/8 cups 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 light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips

1. Melt butter. Set aside to cool.
2. Combine flour, salt and baking soda.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk sugars and butter together.
4. Add eggs and vanilla and mix again.
5. Fold in flour mixture.
6. Fold in chocolate chips. I used milk chocolate chips but semi-sweet works too.
7. Scrape dough into a 9×13 in. greased baking pan. The batter is just like regular cookies dough so you will have to spread it around.
8. Bake until the top of the bars are light golden brown, slightly firm to the touch, and edges start pulling away from sides of pan, 24-28 minutes.

These are SO gooey and amazing. Fresh out of the oven with a large glass of milk is the best. If these are just as addictive and unhealthy then at least they are cheaper on your wallet? 🙂 I typically always have these ingredients on hand!

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Music Monday:

~Milk by the Kings of Leon

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39 responses to “Chocolate Chip Bars

  1. These made my stomach growl — they look perfect in taste and texture. And how nice that the butter is melted; that makes it easy to make them without planning in advance (perfect for cravings! yeah!).

  2. Mmmm I love girl scout cookies too! I totally know what you mean when you say the cookies are addictive 😉 The choco chip bars look amazing and I think I can’t stop at one too… mmm!

  3. looks good! lol the thin mints–thinking along the same lines. just this morning, posted on deLiz fb page a picture of the strawberry smoothie my husband made for bfast. He whirred thin mints into an otherwise healthy “shake.” I laughed so hard. Have tried to make a homemade version of samoas, but not even close to what the GS’s sell. Will follow your links in hopes of better luck. Though we have cases of the cookies hanging around right now. There really is too much of a good thing! Always love your stories, photos, recipes. Oh, and did you catch my version of your nutella-stout pudding? (tagged you on fb) loved the combination of deep and dark and sweet and rich. Awesome idea!

    • Liz! You are awesome! That healthy smoothie gone wrong or right 😉 sound delicious! I want one 🙂 I actually thought of making cookie bars out of thin mints but thought that would be too much! Lol i didn’t see the tag…I still don’t get the whole fb thing completely (i know im young and suppose to but its not my favorite) and still catching on with twitter lol. I will check it out though! I’m so happy you tried it! 🙂 Thanks for the tag. I’ll return the favor as soon as I make the peanut butter.

  4. well you did better than I…bratty little girls cost me $30 worth of cookies…really, who lets them carry an iphone w a credit card swipe on it! kids these days…. (btw cookie bars look great, will make once i can fit into pants again…..sigh) lovely post..sarah

  5. I’m so jealous of your Thin Mints!! They are definitely a top favorite of mine… I could probably eat 10 at a time 😉 The chocolate chip cookie bars look gooey and delicious. I was craving cookies and got some frozen ones this weekend, gasp!

    • ha ha I swear I didn’t do it on purpose…I wish I was that clever. After picking it I thought of the irony lol. I just love that song though! Thanks for commenting 🙂 Have a happy Monday!

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