Chocolate chip cookie bars are an easy-to-make dessert that is great to serve on any occasion. Indulge in these quick-to-make, mouth-watering cookie bars that will satisfy your craving.
Treat yourself to our best chocolate chip cookie bars with this recipe. This recipe combines the perfect balance of sweetness with a rich, flavorful taste. Crispy on the outside with a soft and chewy center, these cookie bars are amazingly satisfying. The recipe is easy to follow, so anyone can make them with ease. Enjoy these cookie bars for dessert, afternoon tea, or whenever you feel like indulging in something sweet and easy to make. Best of all, this recipe only uses one bowl!
What is a Cookie Bar?
Cookie Bars are basically cookies that are baked in a square or rectangle pan and then cut into squares to serve. And it is thicker than a traditional cookie.
They are good for a crowd because they can be cut into squares and served in different sizes. They are also easier to make and there are many varieties making them perfect for almost any occasion.
What’s the difference between cookies and cookie bars?
The difference between the two is how they are baked and served.
Cookies are scooped into individual servings before baking. They are usually round and flat. And cookies usually have a crispier texture on the outside and chewy inside. Making traditional cookies takes more prep time because you have to scoop the dough into smaller portions.
Bars are baked in a pan similar to baking brownies and they are then cut into squares or rectangles after baking and cooling. This makes them denser and chewy. They are also a larger serving portion than a single cookie. Baking bar cookies take longer in the oven than typical cookies.
How do you serve cookie bars?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars can be served on their own. They are easy enough to grab and go and taste great just like they are.
You can serve them warm. They are great warmed up with a scoop of ice cream on top. Or drizzle hot fudge or caramel over them. Or do both ice cream and hot fudge or caramel.
Dusting the top with confectioner’s sugar gives them a more elegant look.
And whether you’re a tea drinker or you prefer coffee, either one goes well with these Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars. A tall glass of cold milk is also a good choice.
It doesn’t matter how you decide to serve these cookie bars, they are a crowd-pleaser.
Are cookie bars easier to make than cookies?
Cookie bars can be easier to make than a batch of cookies because of the way they are baked.
When you’re baking cookies, the dough needs to be scooped into individual pieces before baking. And most recipes make two dozen cookies or more. To finish off a batch of cookies in the oven, you may need to use a couple of pans and they need to be baked separately for best results.
With a batch of cookie bars, all you need is one pan. The dough is spread evenly in the pan and baked. It takes longer than 12-15 minutes, which is the average time for cookies, but you are only baking one pan.
There are easy ways to change up the recipe for different flavours.
In December, I top these with red and green M&M’s for a festive look.
For Easter, I add Mini Eggs to the top of the bars for a spring/Easter look. I especially like using Micro Mini Eggs.
The kids love when I swap out half the chocolate chips for Salted Caramel or Butterscotch Chips.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
- ½ cup melted butter, cooled
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350℉ and line an 8" by 8" pan with parchment paper
- In a large bowl, beat melted butter and sugars together until smooth and creamy.
- Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla until fully combined.
- Add flour and baking soda and stir until all flour is combined.
- Fold in chocolate chips.
- Spread evenly in prepared pan.
- Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until cooked through in centre.
- Cool in pan 10 minutes.
- Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely before cutting into 9 squares.
- Store in an air-tight container.