Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

It looks like we're finally getting down the back to school routine.  Funny how easily we settle back into our routines and honestly it's for the better!  Things run so much smoother in our home when the kids know what to expect and when they have little time for being bored or arguing with one another.
My early mornings are the hardest though...so thankful for strong coffee!

Here's a recipe I made from King Arthur Flour and I have to say, they were delicious, but I think I cooked them about 5 minutes too long.  I like the gooeyness of a cookie bar and I know if I had taken them out sooner they would have been gooey.  They were so good right out of the oven! Perfect with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and some hot fudge on top :)

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars {recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour }

INGREDIENTS: {Makes about 2 dozen bars}

  • 2/3 Cup butter
  • 1 1/2 Cups brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 3/4 Cup All Purpose Unbleached Flour
  • 2 1/2 Cups chocolate chips
  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9 by 13 pan.  Melt the butter, and stir in the brown sugar.  Add the salt and vanilla, stirring until combined.  Allow the mixture to cool slightly, then add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Scrape the bowl and sides halfway through.  
Add the baking powder and flour, stirring to combine.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Scoop the batter into the prepared pan and, with a wet spatula, or wet fingertips, spread evenly to the edges.
The recipe says to bake for 30-32 minutes, but I suggest baking for 25-30 minutes or until they're risen and they're top is shiny and golden.  A cake tester won't necessarily come out clean, but let them sit in the pan until they are almost cool, then cut and serve.  

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