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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (aka Pan Chewies) – our family’s go-to Sunday Night Dessert! It’s your favorite cookie in bar-form served hot and perfect with ice cream.

If you love chocolate chip cookies, then you’ll love this bar form of the treat. It’s right up there with our sugar cookie bars and cake mix cookie bars.

Cookie Bars on Plate

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Over the years, we’ve come to find some go-to desserts for family gatherings. It may be a long list now, but today’s recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars aka “Pan Chewies” is one of those deserts.

We’ve decided you really can’t beat Chocolate Chip Cookies in Bar form, and because these are so easy, we make them all the time.

These cookie bars are quicker and easier than cookies but taste just as good and are best served while warm. We often serve them with ice cream, and I can safely say EVERYONE in the family loves them.

How to Make Cookie Bars - process shots

How to Make Cookie Bars

Just a few ingredients and steps are needed to make this chocolate chip cookie bars. Here are the ingredients needed:

  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • egg
  • vanilla
  • flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • chocolate chips

And with these ingredients, they only take a few minutes to put together. Begin by microwaving the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Let cool.

Add the brown sugar, vanilla and egg and mix well. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon and pour into a greases 9×9 pan.

Sprinkle with chocolate chips and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

Serve warm and eat by themselves or with ice cream.

Easy Bar Cookies Recipe


Can you double this recipe? Yes, and we do it all the time. If doubled, place in a 9×13 pan for a more thick bar and cook a few extra minutes. Or you can place in a large 11×16 dish.

How to store Cookie Bars? Just cover tightly with foil or saran wrap and store on the counter for up to 3 days. To reheat, just place in microwave for a few minutes to make them gooey and warm.

How to freeze Cookie Bars? Once cooked and cooled, you can freeze these cookie bars by placing a freezer-safe Ziploc bag and freezing for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight and reheat in the microwave.

Cookie Bar Recipes/Variations: This recipe is so easy to change up. There are so many ingredients you can add to change up the flavors. Here are some of our favorite ingredients to add that change up these bars:

  • White Chocolate Chips + Butterscotch Chips
  • M&Ms – and we change these up with different M&Ms for the holidays
  • Chocolate Chips + Toffee Bits

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I’m not sure were we first got this recipe since we’ve been making it for decades, but we promise you’ll love it.

For more bar recipes, check out:

Cookie Bars Recipe

4.88 from 31 votes

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (aka Pan Chewies) - our family's go-to Sunday Night Dessert! It's your favorite cookie in bar-form served hot and perfect with ice cream.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 238 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup sifted flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips


  1. Melt butter in microwave safe bowl until melted. Let cool.

  2. Add brown sugar, vanilla and egg - mix well.
  3. Add dry ingredients gradually. Blend well, and pour into greased 9x9 pan.
  4. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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    1. My only complaint would be to specify using light brown sugar. I made this with dark brown and light brown, and it truly makes a difference. Otherwise one of the best, easiest desserts.

  1. All of these bars look great. I especially love the chocolate chip one that looks uncooked in the inside. I love raw cookie dough and underbaking chocolate chip cookies. I am sure it’s just as delicious in a bar. YUM

  2. Wow!! These look and sound amazing!! These take me back to being a kid when my grandmother made some kind of cookie bar. Now I’m off to find that recipe 🙂

    Please come share these on Much Ado About Monday on Huckleberry Love!


  3. I saw these on my Facebook feed and decided to make them today since I’m at home sick (I needed something comforting!). So good and so much easier than cookies since I didn’t have to stand there plopping out balls of cookie dough. Yum!

  4. I just want to thank you for your recipes. I have tried several and they are always a hit with my family. Now, whenever I am asked to make something I always check your site first.

    1. Let me know if you try them – they are seriously our FAV!!! PS – It was great seeing you last night!! So glad I was able to come so I could see you gals one last time before we leave. 🙂

  5. I just got done makin these but mine don’t look like the picture. Are they a greasy cookie bar? THey look so good on the picture!

  6. Just found these pinned on Pinterest and decided to make them. They turned out perfectly! I topped mine with chocolate chips, pecans and a few leftover toffee bits….yummy!

    1. I am in the same boat. I just made a batch and its like chocolate chip soup…way too much liquid. I think the ratio of flour to sugar to butter is off. Can you double check your recipe to see if you mis-typed something?

  7. These look delish! I have a person question…Is your daughter’s name with a long E or short E? What is it short for? We are having a baby girl and thinking about the name Evelyn and calling her Evvy, but not sure how to spell the nickname.


    1. They are delish – you should try them!! As for the name, her real name is Eveline (ev-uh-line) and her nickname is Evie (Ee-vee). We LOVE the name. 🙂

  8. How do they do in a large sheet cake pan? I’m assuming you’d double the recipe you’d use for a 9 x 13 size. Will they cook in the middle without burning the edges? I’m wanting to try this today, but I just might do two cake pans just to be safe.

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  10. Making these for the 2nd time with white whole wheat flour I ground myself! The first time I put them in the small pampered chef bar pan & that was a big mistake! It overflowed all inside my oven & my kids were devastated. DH & I sent them to bed sad & we, being the good parents that we are, ate what we could from the middle before soaking the crust off the stone bar pan. Yes. It was ThAT good. This time it’s in the oven in a regulation pan. We love it.

    1. YAY! SO glad you love it and sorry for the mess it made the first time. Hopefully the second batch turns out better. 🙂

      1. My hubby asked for a cookie cake for his birthday. These were even better than the traditional cookies cakes I’ve made before. Thank goodness it makes a 9×9. Leftovers would be dangerous.

        1. Comments like yours make my day! So glad you guys liked the recipe as much as we do!! Happy Birthday to your hubby! 😀

  11. I tried these a few days ago and mine were really greasy. I used 1 cup of sifted flour and I think it should have been 1 cup of flour, sifted. Can you advise if you sifted then measured or measured then sifted.

  12. Just made these last night for my two boys (three if you count my husband!) and they LOVED them. So simple and so good. Thanks so much for posting this! A great recipe for those of us who are baking “challenged”!

    1. So glad your family liked them, Amanda. They are very easy and one of those go-to desserts my family makes at least once a month. 😉 Thank you for stopping by!

  13. OMGGG!!! this was the best thing ever. The flavour is a combination of a brownie and chocolate chip cookies! I was just wondering how this would turn out if you tripled the recipe (because some recipe just don’t turn out good when you)?

    1. Hmmmm, not sure. I’ve only doubled it before and put it in a 9×13. I think maybe tripling I would put it in an 11×14, and I think they’d turn out fine. 🙂

      1. Also, have you ever tried making the dough at night, leaving it in the fridge overnight, and then cooking it in the morning?

          1. I just made them with the m&m’s and they look delicious! They will be put to the test tomorrow. Thank you so much for sharing this really easy recipe

  14. I have these in the oven now….my home smells amazing and brought my hubby out of his snoring slumber lumbering into the kitchen. 🙂 I doubled the recipe to take some to my coworkers..and they look amazing…mine weren’t greasy at all…make sure your melted butter is completely cooled…and make sure your using real butter not margarine ..just a thought …mine turned out beautiful..hope there’s some left for my Coworkers..

  15. Just a note for people like me. I transcribed the recipe with two words mixed. I put sifted flour, instead of flour sifted. HUGE DIFFERENCE. I looked at it and thought, “Wow, that is just enough flour.” But, I wasn’t smart enough to go with my own instincts. I’m a huge proponent of following a recipe exactly the way it was written the first time. So my own mistake bit me in the butt!

  16. I am making these right now for the second time, so good!!! We added a scoop of peanut butter, and it adds that hint of peanut butter and makes them even more delicious!! Tonight I used self rising flour because I didn’t realize we had run out of regular flour… Don’t know what it will do but I’m sure they will still be yummy!

  17. These are delicious!! A super quick alternative to chocolate chip cookies. Yum! I was unknowingly out of chocolate chips so I used chocolate chunks and mixed them right in. I have some more in the oven right now!! 🙂

  18. Oh, my goodness! I just made these. They are fabulous! All the gooey deliciousness of chocolate chip cookies without the hassle of make individual cookies. I mixed the chips in with the batter. Thanks for posting!

  19. These look so yummy!!! I’m diabetic, so I’ll have to alter it a little, but I think it would make a nice little bite if I “need” to cheat! 😉

  20. found this recipe on Pinterest. Needed to make a treat for some company that was coming over. Made these for the first time (always risky business when you’re using a new recipe that you haven’t tried and tested yet). These bars were delicious! Came out perfectly! I’m holding on to this one 🙂 thank you!

  21. Made these bars for the first time tonight because I needed a quick treat for some company that was coming over. I was worried how this recipe would come out since I hadn’t tried it yet. Turned out perfectly! Very chocolatey, chewy, and absolutely delicious! Thank you!:)

  22. I made this tonight and it tastes yummy but is really, really gooey in the middle although the edges look like they’re starting to burn. I don’t have a 9×9 pan so I used 8×8 but they’re obviously too thick. Have you ever used a 7×11 brownie pan for this recipe? I wonder if I should have used that instead.

  23. I read so many reviews trying to see if anyone had doubled the recipe, and made it the the Pampered Chef Large Bar Pan (about 11×16). Well – no one had but I took a chance… and it’s the perfect size for double this recipe. If you tripled the recipe and put it in a bar pan it would definitely run over the edges while baking since the lip is only about 1 inch high!! It took about 20-25 minutes to bake still… until the center was done!!

  24. I made these cookie bars and they turned out great! I used 1 cup of all purpose flour and one cup of white whole wheat flour. I used mini mms instead of chocolate chips. The whole pan was gobbled up in one night. Thanks for sharing this easy and delicious recipe.

  25. Great recipe and super easy to make. I always have the ingredients on hand! My friends were hooked and wanting more, I might have to make a double batch next time!

  26. With 2 daughters and a grandchild, and my sweettooth i am always looking for an easy, tasty snack. I cant wait to digging into these recipes!

  27. 4 stars
    I was looking for a chocolate chip cooke to make tonight that wasn’t my usual (very involved) recipe and these were great! The only thing I will do differently next time is add more chocolate chips, but that may just be me! Thanks!

    1. Hi. My family loves these cookie bars but everytime I make them they rise nicely and then fall. Anyone know why? Am I over mixing and putting too much air in there?

  28. Hey. These look SOOO soft and chewy. I’ll have to try the recipe out. But is there a shortcut way to make these using cake box mix?? I coupon and have stocked up on a few boxed mixes awhile back. Would love to use them up. Thanks.

  29. 5 stars
    These were perfect for the sweet tooth I was having! Quick and easy with hardly no mess. I didn’t have a the right pan but this worked in a rectangular one perfectly! Great recipe! This one is a keeper in my recipe box!

  30. Hey, just made the cookie bar recipe…I think it could use a lot more flour and possibly less butter! Just wondering if the recipe needs to be checked???

  31. Hi just wondering if you can use self raising flour instead of the baking powder and soda as I don’t own either of these!


    1. Unfortunately, I’ve never tried it with the self raising flour. You could give it a try, but I’ve never made it without the powder and soda. If you try it, let me know. Would love to know how it goes. 😉

    1. I agree! We made them last night again with the DelightFUL chocolate chips that are filled with caramel. Definitely a new favorite way to make them. 😉

  32. Hi!! Tried this today as we’ve never had cookie bars before. Tasted good….but is the centre supposed to be slightly underdone? Is that the way it always is?

  33. Hello!
    I’m looking forward to making (and eating!) your chocolate chip cookie bars. Can the recipe be simply doubled for a 9 X 13 pan?

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  35. This did not turn out. I checked it out at 20 min and it was completely liquid still. I put it in for over 40 minutes and it still was runny and not done. Not sure what I did wrong.

  36. I tried your recipie and got a mess. I followed it word for word and the middle is a mushy puddle and the outside is squishy and too greasy to eat. I’ve read other reviews that had issues but could find a fix. Do you have any idea??

    1. I’m not really sure what could have gone wrong? I do know that all ovens are different…some take longer, while others cook faster, so the time is shortened. Maybe try cooking a little longer? Leave in there for 30 minutes and maybe every minute or two after that, check it. Hope that helps! I’m sorry it was a mess!

  37. I make these exactly according to the recipe, but I bake it in a cupcake pan. I started doing this 2 years ago when I first found the recipe. These make the best soft chewy chocolate chip cookie “cakes” ever. People ask me to make these all the time. One batch makes 11 or 12 cookies, but the baking time is less: 10-15 minutes until golden brown round the edges. Let sit in the pan for a minute or two when you remove it and don’t forget to spray the cupcake pan with cooking spray!

  38. A little part of me hates you because I ate half the pan, however a huge part of me loves you for introducing this delectable treat into my life !!!!! IT’S SOOOOOOOOO GOOD OMG!!!!!!

  39. 4 stars
    Hello! I just found your site and love it! The picture of your daughter is so cute! I had a question about the recipe please. My cookie bar did not taste quite as good. The dough did not taste very good and I was wondering if you could advise me in what I might have done wrong? I cant remember if I used unslated or salted butter, could that have an impact? Thank you!

    1. Oh, thank you!! I always use unsalted butter and I take my eggs out beforehand, when I know I’m baking. Make sure your ingredients are fresh. Those are the tips I know. Hopefully, they’ll come out next time! Let me know!

    1. Depending on how big you cut them, you could get at least a dozen. We usually double the recipe and put in a 9×13, because everyone loves them! Hope that helps and hope you like them!

  40. Delicious! Next time I make these I’m going to try to use white and brown sugar! Family wasn’t to keen on the molasses taste but I thought they were yum! ❤️

  41. So I thought I halved this recipe and used the whole batch amount of butter!! Came out of the oven, tasted it and cried. But as my husband and I stared at it with sad and heavy hearts while I went to dump it in the trash he said, “what if we added oats?” So I stopped.. I smooshed up the baked bars and added a hand full of quick cooking oats, a sprinkle of old fashioned oats, mixed in a bit more brown sugar and whole milk so it resembled wet oats and back in the oven it went for another 20 mins.

    Out came heaven.

    My question is…… how many servings is this? I came back to the recipe to find out to no avail. The pan is empty.????

  42. Made these with my daughter yesterday and I honestly don’t think I’ll ever make regular cookies again! These are so easy and so soft and chewy. We’ll definitely be making these for a long time!!!

  43. Made these today. Turned into a fallen, greasy mess. We r at 9000 ft. So that probably had something to do with it. Might try again at a lower altitude.

  44. 4 stars
    I mUst have done something horribly wrong because when i finished mixing everything and started to pour it into my 9×9 pan, i realized there was simply not enough batter to cover the bottom! I tried spreading it as much as i could but it waS spread so thin there were holes everywhere. I decided to double the recipe and add it to the same 9×9 pan. Then it came out fine?? I am seriously not a great cook or baker, so i know it HAS to be my fault somehow haha im always messing things up! I Triple read your recipe and i swear i made no errors! Story of my life though, things not working out quite precisely! Haha ? Tastes great though!!

  45. 5 stars
    The best dessert that resembles a warm giant chocolate chip cookie! Only differeNce is its served as a bar with the chocolate chips on top. We like to serve it ice cream and sometimes hot fudge.

  46. 5 stars
    These are by far my favorite!! We’ve tried them with butterscotch chips & m&m’s, too! They are always gone within minutes & I even double the recipe!

  47. 5 stars
    These are my dads favorite cookie! I Like that I dont have to bake them in batches Like regular cookies. That means he gets to have them a lot!!!

  48. I can no longer find the regular “chewy chocolate chip cookies” Recipe. When I click on the name and picture for it (where the recipe should be) I am taken to this recipe instead. I have tried e mailing you about it, but haven’t heard back yet. Thank you.

  49. A great recipe and easy to make. One problem. You forgot to say to add the melted butter. I ALMOST FORGOT. ADDED IT WHEN I WAS ALREADY STIRRING THE DRY INGREDIENTS IN.

  50. 5 stars
    Always Enjoy your recIpes! Is there any way you can re-post your cookies and cream Magic bars loVed that recipe in addition to this one

  51. 5 stars
    I made them with my sp ed kids at school ~ they agreed that they were the best that they have ever had!!! Thanks so much for the easy and most delicious recipe!! ~

  52. 5 stars
    Perfect!!!!! I made these for my 91 yr old mom. She and i had a delicious late night snack. And i found a new, ‘go-to’! Just… Wow!

  53. 5 stars
    This is the absolute BEST recipe. It is my go to for fast treats. Don’t know if I’ll ever make regular chocolate chip cookies again.

  54. 5 stars
    These are delicious and so easy. After i made them the first time my family requested them three More times that week. I Sprinkled sea salt on the top when they were done!