Happy fall-ish! We've had lovely weather here for the past few weeks, and it couldn't have been more well timed.
The hubby and I spent the weekend celebrating the wedding of one of my college roommates, Sarah, who traveled all the way to Fargo from Alaska for her nuptials (bringing some of her wedding party with her). It was a multiday celebration, and the weather cooperated beautifully. The weekend ended with the most unique and entertaining wedding I've ever been to. (I'm a fan of anyone serving me food during a wedding ceremony.) Congrats to supercouple Sarah and Doyle!
Labor Day dawned cool and rainy, and although I wanted nothing more than to stay inside and bake cookies all day, we were playing catch-up and running errands. So instead, I whipped up a small pan of cookie bars to tide us over. This is an adaptation of a good ol' Nestle Tollhouse recipe, and these bars are less like chocolate chip bars and more just like a pan cookie. They're perfect and yummy and they disappear quickly. (I have no idea why Nestle claims this makes two dozen bars. In our house it makes 9.)
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
1/2 c. butter, softened
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. plus 2 Tbsp. flour
1 1/3 c. chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9" square baking pan.
I'm lazy and unprepared. I sprayed an 8" square pan with cooking spray, and everything turned out OK. I'm having pan issues these days. But more about that in a future post.
2. Combine butter and brown sugar until creamy. Add vanilla and egg, and mix well.
There should be additional pictures here. But the hubby was uploading wedding pictures to Facebook and he wouldn't let me have the memory card. He's mean. I still let him eat bars.
3. Stir in baking powder and salt, and add flour and combine. Stir in chocolate chips.
4. Pour mixture into prepared pan and spread mixture evenly.
This might require the use of your hands. Which you might have to lick off afterward. It's torture, I say.
5. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until bars are golden and center is set. Let cool before cutting into squares.