Thursday, November 10, 2011

Easy Choc. Chip Bars & Black and White Brownies

With the holidays nearing, time to start thinking about some of that baking you will need to do.  Also, there will be a ton of parties, neighbors and friends that you will need to give a gift to and I love to do it with baked goods.  This is when I pull out two of my favorites that everyone loves and both are so easy and quick.

Instead of cookies which take a lot of time, (you know, all those cookie sheets at 10-12 minutes each) I like to make chocolate chip bars. 

My recipe is super easy and is one of those dump recipes.  (Everything goes in the bowl at once)

2 1/2 c. flour
1 c. brown sugar - packed
1 c. softened butter
1/2 c. gran. sugar
2 lg. eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Put all in a large mixing bowl and beat on medium high until well mixed.

Stir in 1 pkg. choc chips and 1 c. chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 375, lightly grease bottom only of 9 x 13 pyrex baking dish

Spread dough evenly in baking dish and bake approx. 30-35 minutes. Don't overbake.  As soon as center is set, remove from oven, they should shrink a little as they cool.  Bars will be soft and gooey like soft baked cookies.  Cool completely, cut into bars and cover with saran.  Can be placed in single layers in freezer bag and stored in fridge for several weeks.    So good and guaranteed to disappear instantly.

The next one looks amazing and is the easiest of all:
Black and White Brownies

(Sorry, I didn't bake these this time, but wanted to include the recipe.  They really do look just like the pic and they are absolutely delicious. )

l pkg. Fudge Brownie Mix
1 pkg. white baking pieces
1 c. semisweet chocolate pieces
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1/4 c. melted butter
3 tblsp. hot water
2 c. sifted powdered sugar
1/4 c. cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. pecan pieces

Preheat oven to 350 and grease bottom only of 9 x 13 baking pan.
Prepare brownie mix according to directions, then stir in half of the white chocolate pieces, all of the chocolate pieces and the 1/2 c. pecan pieces.  Spread evenly in baking pan.

Bake approx. 30 minutes or until center is set.  Sprinkle with the remaining white baking pieces and then return to over for 1 minute more.  Remove pan to wire rack to cool.

In a small bowl combine melted butter, hot water, powdered sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla.  Stir by hand until smooth.  Spoon over top of brownies.  Sprinkle with 3/4 c. pecan pieces.  Let cool 1 1/2 hrs. or until frosting is set.  Cut into bars. 

Just like the chocolate chip bars, these can be stored for several weeks in fridge.

Both are tested winners and fabulous for dessert and for gifts.  Enjoy.

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  1. I am copying both of these recipes over for the Holidays. My mother used to make chocolate chip bars all the time. I had kind of forgotten about them. Thanks! xo Diana

  2. Oh those all look so good! I love simple recipes that taste like you spent a long time in the kitchen. Ha! I may have to try those. Choc chip cookies do take a long time, so the bars would be a nice shortcut. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I hope I'm your list of recipients! LOL These look so yummy. I'm going to make the choc chip cookie bars for sure. Thanks for sharing!


  4. Marty, both of these sound delish and easy. I so like easy! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.


  5. Yum. Can't go wrong with brownies.

  6. Both recipes look wonderful. I love to bake cookies, but I love to chow down on a big thick cookie bar. Yum.

  7. Oh my, Marty, both recipes sound so wonderful...which one should I try first?!!! I love making bar cookies, much easier!!

  8. These seem much easier to bake then cookies. I love that! I will have to give these a try and take them to my sisters over Thanksgiving. They seem like they'd travel well too.

  9. I have a recipe for chocolate chip bar cookies that I was intending to make yesterday!... Maybe tomorrow!
    I certainly enjoy your blog.

  10. Those look so good right now. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Both sound great Marty! Nothing better than a yummy baked goodie:@)

  12. These look super yummy and easy and is there anyone who doesn't love chocolate? Thanks, Marty.--------Shannon

  13. I like them both Marty and right now I wish I had a piece, I'm so craving some sweet thing and got none! No...I'm not pregnant, lol!
    Thanks for sharing the recipes, they sure look great! Have a super weekend. FABBY

  14. Those brownies look delicious. The rocky road brownies look good. I've been wanting to make rocky road fudge. Thank you for sharing recipes. Pat

  15. I have a house full of little boys here that I imagine would just love these! I even have all of the ingrediants. I'm off to bake!

  16. These look really good. I will be adding these to my list of goodies to make this Holiday season. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Those look sooooo good Marty! I'm sitting here with my cup of coffee wishing I could grab one of your chocolate chip bars LOL!! martina