Saturday, July 28, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookies Bars

Easy and Delicious.

















These bars are really easy to make and incredibly delicious as I mentioned above.  Sometimes you need  or want to bake something and just don't have time for the fuss or muss.  Well, these are your cookies.  They taste great too, so it is a win win.  I made these in a half sheet pan, 11x17, and think it would be fun to make as a birthday cookie cake.  I also think a fun alternative to slicing squares would be to use cute cookie cutters since the bars soft and quite easy to slice.  I used a Martha Stewart recipe and it is a good thing I read the comments first.  I baked these for 20 minutes and you can see they came out perfectly.  The original recipe said to bake them for 40-45 minutes and they would have been completely burnt.  Please keep that in mind when you try them.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
recipe from Martha Stewart

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
4 cups  all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoons salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanille extract
1 (12-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, with rack in center.  Generously butter a 11x17 rimmed baking sheet; set aside.   In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

in a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Add eggs and vanilla; mix until well combined.  Add flour mixture; beat on low speed until just combined.  Beat in chocolate chips.

Spread dough on prepared baking sheet.  Bake, rotating sheet halfway through, until edges are brown and top is golden, 20 - 25 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack; cool completely on baking sheet before cutting.