Chocolate Chips are probably the most popular cookies in the world. I know they’re my favorite. I also know that there are many recipes out there and we all have our favorites.
The original creator of the chocolate chip cookie is said to be Ruth Graves Wakefield. She first made it in the late 1930’s when she and her husband owned the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts. The Inn was a popular restaurant known for its home cooking and desserts. She created the cookie to serve to her guests, the recipe was published in the Boston Herald-Traveler and she was featured on a radio program hosted by Marjorie Husted aka Betty Crocker. She later gave her recipe to Nestle and was paid with a lifetime supply of chocolate. The recipe was also published in the 1938 edition of her cookbook “Ruth Wakefield’s Tried and True Recipes”. It rapidly became a favorite cookie in American homes. As they say the rest is history.
As much as I love homemade chocolate chip cookies (I have several favorite recipes), I’m not too fond of making them. Actually I’m not a great fan of making any type of cookie, not because it’s difficult, more so because I find it tedious.
I find that dropping, cutting, or pressing cookies on to sheet and baking for less than 10 minutes is tiresome. The only time I really enjoy making cookies is when I do my Christmas baking when I devote a couple of days in the activity with my grandchildren. That’s why I absolutely love bar cookies!
Cookie bars are so easy to make. You mix the dough, spread into a pan, bake, cool, and cut into bars. It’s a wonderful way to get your homemade cookie fix without spending the day in the kitchen. And chocolate cookies are no exception. Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are just as yummy as any Chocolate Chip Cookie you can make. So here’s a recipe so you can make some today. You probably already have all the ingredients in you kitchen!
One thing I’ve found when baking chocolate chip cookies, or actually when baking anything, that’s to use the best and freshest ingredients available. I never use generic brands so for this cookie stick with Nestle’s Toll House Semi-Sweet chips, Guittard, or Gharadelli brands.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
2 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
1 Tsp. Baking Soda
1 Tsp. Salt
1 Cup Butter, softened
3/4 Cup Sugar
3/4 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
1 Tsp. Vanilla
1 12-0z Package Semi Sweet Chocolate chips
Nuts are optional, but if you want to add them use 1 cup of the nut you prefer, chopped up of course.
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
Lightly oil a 9 x 13 baking pan
Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.
Cream together butter and both sugars using the paddle attachment of your stand mixer. If you don’t have a stand mixer you can use a hand mixer.
Add vanilla and mix until creamy.
Add in eggs one at a time while continuing to mix.
Gradually add in dry ingredients making sure to mix it well.
Stir in chocolate chips and nuts if you’re using nuts.
Spread evenly in the pan.
Bake for about 25 – 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Cool for about 10 minutes then cut into bars.
I use flip the pan over onto a large sheet and use a pizza cutter to cut it into bars. I find it easier to cut into even pieces.