Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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
Makes 9-12

1/2 c. butter, softened
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 egg
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.


6 comments:

A Year on the Grill said...

Maybe only 9 cause the cook likes the raw dough... that's what happens in my kitchen... looks great, and so happy the wedding weather was nice.

What did they serve, never heard of food at the service

angelinthekitchen said...

The wedding was in a historic theater, so the guests were served popcorn and soda from the concession stand. (I almost bought some Milk Duds, but I figured I'd spill them all over the stage.) The ceremony was in the middle of a mini-concert by various local musicians. This has now set the precedent for every wedding I will attend from now on. :)

LittleMissBaker said...

Oh yum yum, I love anything with chocolate :P

Sophie said...

These cc cookie bars look great!!

MMMMMMM,...Thanks for sharing!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I so thought about making these tonight! I did brownies instead though. Gosh, these look really good, I should have come to your site earlier! Thanks!

Real Food for Real Life said...

So easy...so amazing. My 3-year-old and I had a great time wiping these up as soon as I saw them posted here. You can see him in action here:
http://web.me.com/decanio/Real_Food_for_Real_Life/Main_Menu/Main_Menu.html