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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe | Grandbaby Cakes

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

These Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from The 8x8 Cookbook are an absolute winner.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword classic recipes, crowd pleasers, kid-friendly recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 16 bars
Calories 239kcal
Author Kathy Strahs of The 8x8 Cookbook - Reprinted with permission


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 stick
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided


  • Heat the oven to 350° F.
  • Line an 8x8-inch metal baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Beat the butter and both sugars together for several minutes until they’re light and fluffy, either with an electric mixer or by hand with a wooden spoon in a large bowl. Beat in the egg and vanilla until they’re well combined. Separately, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until they’re well combined. Fold in 1 cup of the chocolate chips.
  • Pour the dough into the prepared pan, spreading it to the edges and corners (it doesn’t have to be perfect—the dough will further spread in the oven). Bake until the bars are fully set and lightly browned on top, about 25 minutes. Allow them to cool completely in the pan on a cooling rack.
  • In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat the remaining chocolate chips in the microwave at 50% power in 30 second increments, stirring after each heating, until they’re fully melted (alternatively, you can melt the chocolate in a double-boiler on the stove). Drizzle the melted chocolate over the cooled cookie bars before cutting and serving.
  • BETTER YET: Cutting a pan of chocolate chip cookies into bars takes a whole lot less effort than scooping individual drop cookies!


Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 116mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.7mg