Saturday, April 5, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I don't always have time to make cookies, you know stand there and watch the oven every 10 minutes, then put the cookies on a drying rack and reload the cookie sheet to cook more.  This doesn't at all fit my life most days.  So I make cookie bars instead, and my family likes them even more.

Mix up the cookie dough just like you would for regular cookies.

Butter up a nice oblong baking pan generously with butter.

 Spread the dough evenly over the bottom of the pan.  Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 30 to 35 minutes.  You want the center to be firm but soft.  (No Jiggle when you move the pan)

 Place on a rack to cool.  As you can see, they rise beautifully to create generous bars.

 Let cool and then cut into 24 bars.  I saved some for us and I put the rest in a freezer bag for later.  Always nice to have something to pull out of the freezer for company. ( or in case I get a sweet tooth attack.)

So how about you, do you like cookie bars are do you prefer to bake them as cookies?

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  1. I prefer to make bar cookies too, but I've never known how to convert a recipe! Awesome!

  2. Yum! Thanks for the recipe Marty, and thanks so much for the shout out! ~Ann
    Tarnished Royalty

  3. Look so good and such a time-saver. I doubt that my sugar cookie recipe would rise like that, but I may try another kind.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  4. I always make cookie bars. Sometimes I have a problem with recipes "spreading." I'm not that knowledgeable about baking, so putting the dough all in one pan solves problems for me. BTW, love your blog (read it every day) and love the sweet-faced cow figurine (a few posts back.)

    1. Oh wow, thank you so much, such a very gracious compliment. I really appreciate it.

  5. These look so yummy! Great idea to keep some in the freezer, too.

  6. Marty this is such a good idea. I know what you mean about the time it takes to keep reloading that cookie sheet. I'll have to try it this way. Maybe in our next kitchen hahaha...BTW--I wanted to thank you for the incredibly sweet comment you left on my blog. Sometimes you read something that really lifts you and your words did that. It sounds like you can relate to our current move and it helps to know that.
    I sure appreciate your friendship.

  7. Your cookie bars look delicious (and so does your batter)--they'd be perfect for a snack or served scone-like at a tea. I love a versatile dessert. Thanks so much for adding this great recipe to Foodie Friday. Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. I have never used cookie dough to make bars, Marty. I have to say, yours look delicious, so I might just have to try this!

  9. I like the cookie bar idea, Marty! I kind of lose the enthusiasm for baking once I have to load up the second tray for the oven. : )

  10. Marty they look so good!!! I love the cookie bar idea also.


  11. They sound perfect Marty! Cookies are one of my cooking nemesis... These would work out great:@)

  12. Loved your post! I don't have the attention span to make cookies. I'm always running all over the house to do something else while they are in the ove and, of course, they burn. Bars are the way to go!!

  13. Yum! I could go for one of these with my coffee. xo

  14. These look so yummy!