COOKIES

Bars of Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bars of Chocolate Chip Cookies

Indulge in the delightful simplicity of Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars, offering the classic taste of a chocolate chip cookie with the convenience of a bar. These bars boast the perfect balance of soft and chewy textures, complemented by the irresistible melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chips.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (about 12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • Optional: 1 cup chopped nuts, such as pecans or walnuts

Bars of Chocolate Chip Cookies

Instructions:

  1. Preheat Oven and Prepare Pan: Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease or line a 9x13-inch baking pan with parchment paper, allowing some overhang for easy removal.
  2. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a medium bowl, combine flour and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. Cream Butter and Sugars: Using an electric mixer, cream together butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and salt in a large bowl until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla extract and beat until incorporated. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  4. Incorporate Dry Ingredients: Gradually add dry ingredients to the butter mixture, mixing until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts (if using) until evenly distributed throughout the batter.
  5. Spread Batter in Pan: Transfer batter to prepared baking pan, spreading it evenly with a spoon.
  6. Bake: Bake in preheated oven for 24 to 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and slightly firm. Be careful not to overbake to maintain softness.
  7. Cool and Cut: Allow bars to cool for at least 10 minutes in the pan on a wire rack. Then, use the parchment paper overhang to lift the bars out of the pan and onto the rack to cool completely. Cut into squares or rectangles once cooled.

Tips for Perfecting the Recipe:

  • Use high-quality ingredients for best results.
  • Ensure eggs and butter are at room temperature for easier mixing.
  • Choose the right size pan for ideal bar thickness.
  • Line pan with parchment paper for easy removal.
  • Avoid overmixing to prevent tough bars.
  • For gooey bars, remove from oven when edges are set but center is slightly soft.

Ideas for Serving:

  • Enjoy warm bars on their own for a classic treat.
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream for a delightful dessert.
  • Drizzle melted chocolate over bars for extra indulgence.
  • Create a dessert platter with various sweets for a buffet-style presentation.
  • Pair with coffee or tea for a cozy treat.

Tips for Storing:

  • Store cooled bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
  • For extended freshness, refrigerate bars in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
  • Freeze individually wrapped bars in a freezer bag for up to three months.
  • Reheat leftover bars in the microwave for a few seconds to revive their softness.

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