Since The Good Guy came back into town a few weeks ago, he has mentioned about 8 times that he'd really like some chocolate chip cookie bars. Instead, he got cupcakes, key lime pie, a homemade version of Entenmanns, brownies, molasses cookies and just about everything under the sun but those cookie bars until a few days ago.
My favorite thing about cookie bars is than instead of having to scoop out individual cookies and wait for each batch to get done, the dough goes into one pan and is baked all at once. Poof! They're done. My husband's favorite thing about them is that the edges can be dunked in milk while the inner parts are gooey and chewy. It's like getting two types of cookies in one batch. My kids, who indiscriminately eat any sugar filled treat I put in front of them, are just happy to have dessert.
In amongst all of my baking chips, I found a partially used bag of chocolate covered caramel bites that I threw in along with the regular chocolate chips. They added a little extra chewiness to the bars and a little surprise for the unsuspecting eater. These bars are perfect. I have made some in the past that were really dry. I have made others that were too gooey (okay, that may have been my fault for taking them out of the oven too soon). These, however, turned out just right.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars:
2 sticks butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
12 ounce package chocolate chips
Cream butter with sugars. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients and mix into the sugar mixture. Stir chocolate chips into the dough. Spread dough into a greased 9 X 13 pan and bake at 325 for 30 minutes or until golden brown and done. Let cool in pan 15 minutes before cutting.