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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Sweet Saturday!

Happy Saturday, my sweet friends! I hope you're having a lovely weekend. :o) My wonderful mom's birthday is on Monday, so I am finishing up her card and finalizing her birthday dessert plan! (Just wait until you see the frosting. Oh my.)

For today's Sweet Saturday, I'm sharing an amazing recipe that is a guaranteed success for anyone who loves cookies. Many of us have a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, but sometimes there just isn't enough time to form all of those dough balls... bar cookies to the rescue! This has already been a repeat dessert in my home, thoroughly enjoyed by all. A new staple: Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars!

Do not let this photograph deter you. In fact, I encourage you to check out my source listed below to see accurate pictures of this. These are thick and chewy, with a plethora of chocolate chips. So many melty chocolate chips. There is essentially an entire layer of chocolate in the middle due to the humongous amount of chips! Delectable. They come together quickly, providing a perfect option for those last-minute desserts. I've made them with semi-sweet chocolate chips and also a combination of semi-sweet and milk chocolate. Both variations are amazing. These will surely be made throughout the summer, upon request and simply because we love them. :o) I highly recommend this recipe, my friends!

Thank you for swinging on by! Have a gorgeous day, filled with sunshine and smiles. :o) (And cookie bars!)

Note: If you're like me and do not have a measuring cup for 1/8th of a cup and also do not like approximating... measuring spoons save the day! 1/8 cup= 2 tablespoons. 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Yield: 24 cookie bars

2 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
12 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips
Sea salt, for sprinkling over bars (Optional; I do not do this)

Preheat oven to 325º F. Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the melted butter and sugars together on medium-high speed until combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract and mix until smooth. Reduce the speed to low and slowly add the dry ingredients, mixing just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Pour cookie dough into the prepared dish, smoothing the top with a spatula. Sprinkle cookie bars very lightly with sea salt, if desired. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top of the bars are light golden brown and the edges start to pull away from the dish. Cool bars on a wire rack to room temperature. Cut bars into squares and serve.

Source: Two Peas and Their Pod


  1. Oh my Karen - you are making my taste buds go alittle haywire this morning....This is something my hubby would enjoy. I will have to go and try this out now, I wonder if this would be interesting to add in marshmallows too?
    Enjoy your weekend my friend....Love your baking recipes..

  2. Oh wow does that ever look delicious right now!! I will definitely have to try this.
    Thank you!!!!

  3. Oh l'll need to give this a go it looks so yummy:)x

  4. Happy, happy birthday to your wonderful Mom, Karen!! I hope her day is filled with much love and happiness!! And oh my goodness, the chocolate chip cookie bars look so amazingly delicious!! Oh yum...I could eat the entire pan!! I am always so inspired to bake when I visit for Sweet Saturday :) I hope you are having a fabulous weekend my sweet friend!!

    Hugs, Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. Karen my dear friend, I had to stop by to see what you have been cooking, and my oh my I'm glad I did. These look so good! I always copy your recipes so I have them. Soon I will have enough to make a book:))

    Happy Birthday to your Mom! I pray her day is filled with blessings over flowing! Have a wonderful week-end and make some sparkly memories to tuck away for when you have a trying day.

    Hugs and more hugs, Pam

  6. Oh Karen you are going to cause me to become a bake yet. Lol.

    Please tell your sweet mom I am wishing her a very very happy birthday, she is so blessed to have such a wonderful daughter as you are so blessed to have your mom..

  7. Ooooooooooo!!! Hello super delish chocolatey chippies!!! Can I gobble you all up? TEE HEE HEE! *devour chomps all the yummy bars in record time* WHEEEEEEEEE!!!

    Happy Sweet Saturday Everyone!!! *tosses chocolate chippies in the air to celebrate*

    Gosh Sunshine...I am beyond in love with this recipe! I sooooooo can't wait to try it one day soon. Will you help me make them?! *begs* I need your sparkling hugglers and magical baking amazingness to make them just perfect!

    Tomorrow is your mommy's birthday!!! SQUEEE!!!!!!!! *gets par-tay hats ready* I will be sending you both all the hugglers my heart can hold and asking God to shower your whole beautiful family with rainbows of sparkling love! I know it will be the most special ever, sis. Your mommy is the luckiest ever to have the most extra extra extra special daughter in the universe. *hugglers you both soooooo super tight*

    I LOVE YOUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    *forever sparkling chippie and birthday squishies*
    ~~~Christina :)

  8. Happy happy birthday to your Mom, Karen!! These chocolate chip cookie bars are my favorite!! Your recipe is almost the same as mine. You have a little extra flour and my recipe calls for 2 eggs. I am anxious to try yours. I am sure they are yummy!!
    Ok, so after this recipe, I have to stop visiting you on your sweet Saturdays as I am on a mission to stay away from sweets for awhile-Shape up a bit before my daughters wedding, lol! No, I will for sure visit ya...just cannot look long at your yummy pictures of sweets as they always look so good and of course....tempting!
    Have a great night my friend!!
    Sherrie K

  9. These look super yummy! I hope your mom had a wonderful birthday! :)


  10. i just wanted to pop in for a minute and say i hope your mom's birthday was a very special one... hugs

  11. What a great idea!! I will certainly give these a go. We laugh at our house as I have to lock up the chocolate chips (literally!). My daughter LOVES chocolate chips so when I go to bake, there are none left. Now that they are under lock and key, I always have some on hand for my baking so as soon as our current cookie supply is done, these will be next on the list.
    I'll bet your mum loved her birthday cookie bars! Thanks for sharing the recipe!


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