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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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Are you craving your favorite chocolate chip cookie, but want one with half of the work? These easy chewy chocolate chip cookie bars are soft, packed with chocolate chips and are a super easy way to enjoy chocolate chip cookies with less work and less mess! Made with pantry ingredients like brown sugar, flour, and butter, you can eat these cookies today!

Chocolate chip cookie bars with Mickey Mouse shaped chocolate chips.

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I love a good chocolate chip cookie, but sometimes there just isn’t enough time to bake multiple batches of cookies.

The great thing about making chocolate chip cookie bars, is that you can cut out half of the work, and time, but putting all of the delicious cookie dough into one pan, so it bakes all at once!

Chocolate chip cookie bars with Mickey Mouse shaped chocolate chips.

What is a Cookie Bar?

A cookie bar is made when you bake cookie dough spread out in an 8×8 or 9×13 baking dish instead of as a cookie. When the bars are done baking and have cooled, they can be cut into squares or rectangles.

Chocolate chip cookie bars with Mickey Mouse shaped chocolate chips.

Why Make Cookie Bars?

Cookie bars are a great way to make cookies because you don’t have to worry about forming them into balls and then flattening them out – the dough just goes into the pan and bakes that way. This is also a great way to make a big batch of cookies for a party or potluck!

Chocolate chip cookie bars with Mickey Mouse shaped chocolate chips.

How Do You Know When Cookie Bars are Done?

These chocolate chip cookie bars will be baked for about 25-30 minutes. You will know that the cookie bars are done when the edges begin to brown and the center of is set.

You can also test to see if they are done by inserting a toothpick into the center. If it comes out clean, they’re done!

Chocolate chip cookie bars with Mickey Mouse shaped chocolate chips.

How To Store Cookie Bars

The best way to store chewy chocolate chip cookie bars, is in an airtight container for 5-7 days at room temperature.

How to store chocolate chip cookie bars in an airtight container.
Cookie Bars stored in an airtight container.

Can you freeze cookie bars?

Yes, you can freeze cookie bars! I recommend cutting the cookies into bars and wrapping the individually in plastic wrap before freezing. They should last up to 3 months in the freezer.

Chocolate chip cookie bars with Mickey Mouse shaped chocolate chips.

How to Cut Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

The easiest way to cut these bars is to leave them in the 9×13 pan and cut and serve them from there.

Chocolate chip cookie bars with Mickey Mouse shaped chocolate chips.

If you want the cookie bars to have a more uniform look, you can place parchment paper in the pan before baking, then remove the cookies. Cut off the edges then cut the remaining cookie into bars.

Chocolate chip cookie bars with Mickey Mouse shaped chocolate chips.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars cut into Squares

What Makes a Chocolate Chip Cookie Chewy or Hard?

There are a few things that determine if cookies will come out chewy or not. One is the sugar to butter ratio. If there is more sugar than butter, cookies will be chewier.

The other is the baking temperature and time. If you bake cookies at a higher temperature for a shorter amount of time, they will come out chewier. If you bake them at a lower temperature for a longer amount of time, they will be harder.

Cookie Dough in a 9x13 pan.
Cookie Dough

What Size Pan is Used for Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars?

For this recipe, you will use a 9×13 baking dish. I always use a glass Pyrex-style baking dish, but you can find more options for baking here.

A 9x13 glass baking dish on a Mickey Mouse towel.
9×13 Baking Dish

What is the Best Brand of Chocolate Chips to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies?

I have been making chocolate chip cookies for many years and have tried a lot of different brands of chocolate chips. My all-time favorite brand to make chocolate chip cookies is Ghirardelli.

They make a really good, rich chocolate chip cookie. You can use semi-sweet chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, or milk chocolate chips in this recipe with great results.

A bag of Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Chips
Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips

Helpful Kitchen Tools

A spoonful of cookie dough and stand mixer.

Ingredients for Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

*Ingredient amounts are located in the recipe card at the end of this post.

All-Purpose Flour- Standard all-purpose flour is used to make chewy chocolate chip cookie bars.

Flour, baking soda, salt, and a Mickey Mouse whisk to make chocolate chip cookie bars.

White Sugar- White sugar is used in this recipe to make the cookie bars a bit more chewy.

Sugar needed to make chocolate chip cookie bars.
Sugar

Brown Sugar- Brown sugar is a staple in chocolate chip cookies and is used in this recipe to add moisture and chewiness to the bars.

Brown Sugar needed to make chocolate chip cookie bars.
Brown Sugar

Salt- Salt is added to the dough to enhance the flavor of the cookies.

Salt needed to make chocolate chip cookie bars.
Salt

Baking Soda- Baking soda helps to leaven the cookies and makes them softer and chewier.

Baking Soda needed to make chewy chocolate chip cookie bars.

Vanilla Extract- Vanilla extract is used to add flavor to the bars. I prefer to use pure vanilla extract, but imitation vanilla will work as well.

A dish of vanilla extract.
Vanilla Extract

Butter- Unsalted or salted butter can be used in this recipe, whatever you prefer.

Softened butter on a plate over a mixing bowl.
Softened Butter

Eggs- Eggs are used in this recipe to add moisture and richness to the cookie bars.

Three eggs in a white bowl.
Large Eggs

Chocolate Chips- Chocolate chips are a must in any chocolate chip cookie recipe! I like to use semisweet chocolate chips in these bars, but you can definitely use milk chocolate chips, or a mix of the two.

Ingredients needed to make Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar Ingredients

How to Make Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

[1] Add the flour, salt, and baking soda to a mixing bowl and whisk together.

A bowl of dry ingredients for chocolate chip cookie bars.
Dry Ingredients

[2] In the bowl of a stand mixer, or with a hand mixer, add the softened butter, white sugar, and brown sugar and beat together.

Butter, sugar, and brown sugar mixed together in a mixing bowl.
Butter, Sugar, & Brown Sugar

[3] Mix in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract.

Eggs and vanilla extract added to cookie dough.
Vanilla & Eggs

[4] Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat until combined.

Cookie dough dry ingredients in a bowl with mixed butter and sugar.
Dry Ingredients & Wet Ingredients

[5] Stir in the chocolate chips.

Chocolate chips in a mixing bowl with cookie dough.
Chocolate Chips

[6] Place the cookie dough in a greased 9×13 baking dish and spread with a spatula.

Cookie dough being spread in a 9x13 pan.
Cookie Dough in a Baking Dish

[7] Bake the chewy chocolate chip cookie bars at 325 degrees for 28-30 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown and the center is set.

Chocolate chip cookie bars with Mickey Mouse shaped chocolate chips.
Freshly Baked Cookie Bars

[8] Remove the pan from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Allow the cookies to cool before being cut and served.

Chocolate chip cookie bars with Mickey Mouse shaped chocolate chips.

More Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes:

So what are you waiting for? Whip up a batch of these easy chocolate chip cookie bars today. They’re sure to be a hit with your friends and family! And if you do make them, be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below. I love hearing from you all.

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Yield: 18 Cookie Bars
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

These easy chewy chocolate chip cookie bars are soft, packed with chocolate chips and are a super easy way to enjoy chocolate chip cookies with less work and less mess! Made with pantry ingredients like brown sugar, flour, and butter, you can eat these cookies today!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1-1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 Cups Butter, softened
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Cups Chocolate Chips

Instructions

  1. Add the flour, salt, and baking soda to a mixing bowl and whisk together.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, or with a hand mixer, add the softened butter, white sugar, and brown sugar and beat together.
  3. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat until combined.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  6. Place the cookie dough in a greased 9x13 baking dish and spread with a spatula.
  7. Bake the chewy chocolate chip cookie bars at 325 degrees for 28-30 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown and the center is set.
  8. Remove the pan from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Allow the cookies to cool before being cut and served.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1 Cookie Bar
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 356Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 322mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 2gSugar: 26gProtein: 3g

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