Soft and chewy, these Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars take just 10 minutes to make! Enjoy the soft, buttery texture of cookies loaded with semi-sweet chocolate chips, without any of the fuss of scooping the dough or waiting for batches to bake.
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Chocolate chip cookies have always been a favorite with everyone in our house and they are requested often. But, sometimes life is just a little crazy and I don’t have the time to stand in the kitchen and cook multiple batches of a dessert – no matter how easy that actual dessert may be to prepare.
But these chocolate chip bars? (Aka chocolate chip blondies.)They keep everyone begging for more AND the dough takes a whole 5 minutes to prepare. Plus, it keeps us from eating all of the cookie dough while waiting on batches to bake.
In fact, this recipe is so easy that we like to call these cookies “lazy bars.” No scooping or chilling required! These are perfect for when you are needing to make a quick dessert and everyone always raves over these bars! Shh…we won’t tell them how little time and effort these are to make.
The end result is cookie bars that are perfectly buttery and chewy – just the way a good chocolate chip cookie should be – without any of the work.
What You’ll Need
These cookie bars are made with almost the same ingredients as a regular chocolate chip cookie.
- Butter – Use unsalted to control the amount of salt in the recipe.
- Brown Sugar
- Vanilla Extract
- Baking Powder
- Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips – You can use milk or dark chocolate chips as well.
How To Make Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
These easy cookie bars require just 5 minutes of prep!
- Make the dough. Whisk the butter and sugars, then add in the eggs and vanilla. Slowly add in the dry ingredients, following by the chocolate chips.
- Bake. Spread the dough in a prepared baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes. The top should be lightly browned and the middle should be set.
How Do You Know When Cookie Bars Are Done?
Unlike baking cookies where you might actually want to underbake them a bit, you do want these chocolate chip bars to be set before you remove them from the oven. The edges should be slightly golden brown and the center should appear set, not gooey, when you remove them from the oven.
As long as the center itself isn’t already browning, you should end up with cookie bars that are firm and sturdy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside.
Tips for Success
For the best chocolate chip blondies, consider these few things.
- Line the pan with parchment paper. To achieve clean cuts to bars, I like to line pan with parchment paper. Let the foil overhang on the long sides of the pan so you can easily pull the bars out of the pan and cut easily.
- Use melted, not softened, butter. Make sure the butter is melted. This gives the bars the extra chewiness and flavor that makes them so special.
- Cookie bars only – not regular cookies! This recipe is better left in bar form, so do not try to make traditional cookies with this recipe.
- Properly measure the brown sugar. We use more brown sugar than regular sugar for a chewy cookie bar. Make sure you pack the brown sugar in your measuring cup. This goes for the flour as well!
- Use whatever chocolate chips you prefer. I usually use semi-sweet chocolate chips, but I have made them with milk chocolate chips and white chocolate chips. Chocolate chunks or even butterscotch would be delicious as well!
Mix-Ins & Variation Ideas
Want to try something new? Here are some ideas for mix-ins to these chocolate chip bars, either in addition to or in place of the chocolate chips.
- White chocolate chips
- Dark chocolate chips
- Butterscotch chips
- Reese’s pieces or crushed Reese’s cups
- Chocolate chunks instead of chips
- A sprinkle of cinnamon
- Sea salt flakes (added to the top)
I love these cookie bars plain with a glass of milk. We also love to serve these with a scoop of ice cream, especially right out of the oven when they are all warm and the chocolate is melted – YUM!
How to Store
To keep your cookie bars from drying out, transfer them to an airtight container as soon as they cool. They’ll last for about 4 days on the countertop and should stay nice and soft during that time.
Can I Freeze These?
Yes! Once the cookie bars cool completely, wrap in plastic then in foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw on the countertop and enjoy!
More Chocolate Chip Recipes:
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie Bars
- Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars
- Edible Eggless Cookie Dough
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
- Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Lightly grease or line with parchment paper a 9×13 inch pan.
- In a large bowl whisk or beat (using a hand mixer) together the butter, brown sugar & white sugar. Mix in the eggs and vanilla extract. Carefully add in the flour, baking powder and salt and combine until blended. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned and the top looks set.
- Let cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting into squares.