Cookie Bars Recipe

Brownies & Bars · Cookies · April 22, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (aka Pan Chewies) - our family's go-to Sunday Night Dessert!

Every other Sunday we go to my parents for dinner. My mom always makes the main dish and then all of us girls bring a side or dessert to go with it. Every once in awhile we get lazy and will not bring a dessert to share, and when that’s the case we always pull out one of our favorite quick and sweet recipes to have for that night (cuz we just can’t go a Sunday night with NO dessert). πŸ˜‰

Any way, one of our favorite go-to dessert recipes for Sunday nights is Pan Chewies – a Cookie Bars recipe. My sister, Tara, is always the ones who makes these and I have to admit – they are just so darn good! They are quicker and easier than cookies but taste just as good and are best served while warm. I promise you will love these!

I’m not sure ewe got this recipe… we’ve been making it for so long! Here is the Cookie Bars recipe for you to enjoy too!



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Cookie Bars Recipe
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup flour sifted
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ 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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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (aka Pan Chewies) - our family's go-to Sunday Night Dessert! Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (aka Pan Chewies) - our family's go-to Sunday Night Dessert!


Can be doubled and put in a 11×16 – baked for 20-25 minutes. πŸ˜‰

You can also change things up by adding different kinds of chips. I like to throw in white chocolate and butterscotch chips and my sisters like to do semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips. It’s easy to change up and can be made to anyone’s liking. πŸ™‚

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Britney Mills

Ummm….those look absolutely AMAZING! Chocolate chip cookies/bars are my craving of choice right now….Thanks for sharing!

    Lil' Luna

    You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚


Looks so delicious!! I love your daughter’s crinkled nose smile. So cute!! Thanks for the recipe!!

    Lil' Luna

    Thanks, Crystal!! πŸ˜€


These look AMAZING! πŸ™‚

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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

These look rich and delish. What a great fast bar!

    Lil' Luna

    Thanks, Dorothy! We are always looking for quick and yummy desserts. Have a great week, friend! XO

buttercream bakehouse

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

Dezi A

Oh my goodness, your little girl is TOO cute! And I love cookies in bar form, can’t wait to try these!

Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats

Oh I love these bars! And that’s exactly what my daughter does when she smiles. The scrunched nose smile πŸ™‚


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 πŸ™‚

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Amanda W.

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!


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.

Liz @ I Heart Vegetables

I just stumbled across this on pinterest! Those cookie bars sound amazing!

Cindy Harris

I might have to make these–immediately! They look wondderful.

Katie {Sweet Rose Studio}

These look amazing Kristyn! Definitely on my must-bake list!

    Lil' Luna

    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. πŸ™‚


These looks delicious!

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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!

Lori L.

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!


I made the chocolate bars twice and they turned out like Kristi’s. Is there a trick?


    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?


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.


    Lil' Luna

    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. πŸ™‚

Katie S.

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.


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.

    Lil' Luna

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

      Jennifer Reiter

      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.

        Lil' Luna

        Comments like yours make my day! So glad you guys liked the recipe as much as we do!! Happy Birthday to your hubby! πŸ˜€

Betsy Pfaller

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.

    Lil' Luna

    Hi Betsy… you are correct. It’s suppose to say 1 cup flour, sifted. I will change the recipe now. πŸ™‚


Hi! For your cookie bar recipes, how many servings is it suppose to be?

    Lil' Luna

    This is made in a 9×9 and makes about 9 servings. πŸ™‚


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”!

    Lil' Luna

    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. πŸ˜‰ Thank you for stopping by!


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)?

    Lil' Luna

    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. πŸ™‚


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

        Lil' Luna

        Unfortunately, I’ve never tried that before. :/


Hi I am 11 years old. And I love to bake !!!! This was soooo good. I loved it

    Lil' Luna

    Hi Hailey! I’m so glad you love to bake and that you loved these!! Hope you can try more of my recipes. Most are very simple and very delicious. πŸ™‚


Can you add m&m’s to it?

    Lil' Luna

    Don’t see why not – I think they’d be a GREAT addition! πŸ˜€


      Awesome! I was gonna add the pink, red, and white m&m’s for valentines day. This is so easy and fun!

        Lil' Luna

        That’s perfect! I’m doing adding the Valentine M&Ms to my Chocolate Oat bars to make them a little more festive too.;)


          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

          Lil' Luna

          Curious what everyone thought… hope you guys liked them!!


I just made these, they came out wonderful!

Tammy Lewis

I have these in the oven now….my home smells amazing and brought my hubby out of his snoring slumber lumbering into the kitchen. πŸ™‚ 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..


Must we preheat the oven ?

    Lil' Luna

    Yes… it needs to be 350 before you can put it in. πŸ™‚


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!

    Lil' Luna

    So sorry about that!! If I ever used flour that is sifted for any recipe I always measure it first and THEN sift. Hopefully you can try it out again. πŸ™‚


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!

    Lil' Luna

    Curious how these turned out… I’ll also have to try these with peanut butter – sounds like a great addition!!


      They came out a little different than the first time because of the flour, but still really yummy!


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!! πŸ™‚

    Lil' Luna

    I just love hearing that they were a hit!! We LOVE these pan chewies and make them TOOOO often because they are so easy and just so delicious!

Stacy Myers

Ohmygoodness. These were AH-mazing!!!! Going straight into my Favorites file. And so much easier than making cookies!!!!!!


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!

    Lil' Luna

    We LOVE them too. They are one of the “go-to” desserts when I need a quick one. πŸ˜‰

Heather D

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! πŸ˜‰

    Lil' Luna

    Oh, they are definitely addicting! It’s a great recipe for a little “cheat.” πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by!

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Ohhhhh yummmy! I can’t wait to make these little bits of yummy goodness for my little fam!

    Lil' Luna

    They will love them, Michelle! Seriously – an ALL-TIME family favorite treat!!


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 πŸ™‚ thank you!


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!:)


    Eeek! Sorry for my double comment. I thought I accidentally deleted the first one. Haha


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.


    I used a 7×11 the first time I made them… worked perfectly!!

      Lil' Luna

      Glad they worked great. They’re such a great and simple treat, huh!? Thanks for stopping by!


    I also used an 8×8 pan the first time, just now, because I don’t have a 9×9. Wish I’d gone with my 7×11. They look over cooked around the edges and soft and barely cooked in the middle. Hope they’re still good.

      Lil' Luna

      I’m sorry you had problems with this. We usually make it in the 9×9 without any problems or double it and put it in the 9×13. The edges usually do get a little more cooked but never over cooked and the middles are nice and soft. Did they still taste okay?


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!!

    Lil' Luna

    Ooooh – good to know!! I will need to add that to the recipe so others know as well. Thanks! πŸ˜€


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.

    Lil' Luna

    LOVE the idea of adding M&Ms instead!! YUM! So glad everyone liked them. πŸ˜‰


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!


I tried these tonight with OUR family dinner…they are fabulous! Easy to make too. Kids can’t stop eating them.
Thanks so much for posting

    Lil' Luna

    YAY!! So glad you guys liked them. They’re definitely easy and delicious and we make them ALL the time. Thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚


These were delicious! Thanks!


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!


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!


    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?


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.


Followed the recipe exactly, baked 25 minutes 1 cup sifted flour and only the edge cooked. Tried to continue cooking but only made the edge browner. Taste great we loved it but kids weren’t sure about them. Help!!

    Lil' Luna

    Hi Celena. I’m sorry you had problems with the recipe. Was your butter all melted? And what size of pan did you use?


      Luna, I used a lightly grease 9×9 and my butter was melted and started cooling/turning back to solid. The edges were perfect, the top of the whole pan was starting to turn to cookie but the middle/bottom was like soup πŸ™ It was still delicious!! We ate around about a 4 inch square!!!


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!

    Lil' Luna

    SO happy to hear that, Jennifer!! We are all about simple and quick desserts. πŸ˜€


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???

    Lil' Luna

    We’ve been making this for years and it always turns out perfect. All recipes though can be modified to your liking. πŸ˜‰


Can’t wait to try theses

    Lil' Luna

    You’ll love them!! Definitely one of our “go-to” dessert recipes. πŸ˜€


These look delicious. Are they prepared with an electric mixer, or mixed by hand?


Can u give eggless reciepe too as I’m a pure vegetarian.


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!


    Lil' Luna

    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. πŸ˜‰


Thanks so much! Way easier than making cookies πŸ™‚

    Lil' Luna

    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. πŸ˜‰


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?

    Lil' Luna

    What size of pan did you use? The centers are a little more gooey but not real underdone. They’re more soft and chewy. πŸ˜‰


Made them today for my hubby. They were a bit too greasy. I will try to tweak the recipe and use less butter.

    Lil' Luna

    Sorry, Lenore! We’ve never had a problem with them but I highly encourage my readers to modify recipes to their liking. πŸ˜‰


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?

    Lil' Luna

    Yes, we double it all the time and cook in a 9×13. πŸ˜‰


Hi I just made these and they are a bit greasy. I followed the recipe exactly. I think the butter ratio is too much.

    Lil' Luna

    I’m sorry they were too greasy for you. Maybe next time minus a few Tablespoons. πŸ˜‰


I made these last night &they were delicious!Thank you! I will make many more times! Yum

    Lil' Luna

    So happy to hear that Stephanie! Thanks for stopping by!!

Baking Queen

Yum! Yum! Yum! My only problem is that theyre very thin. Maybe I added too much chocolate…..But these are a keeper!


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.


Can you just use the refrigerated dough, put it in a pan & bake it?

    Lil' Luna

    I’m sure that will work, but I’ve never tried it. We just love the homemade cookie dough so much better. πŸ˜‰


I live in England and would love to make these please can you give me the recipe in grand? Many thanks


Should these be kept in the fridge?

    Lil' Luna

    We don’t, but if there are leftovers we just cover with Saran Wrap. πŸ˜‰


I want these right NOW!!!!!!

    Lil' Luna

    LOL!! I know what you mean…they are the best and the perfect go-to dessert!!


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??

    Lil' Luna

    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!


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!

    Lil' Luna

    Oh, that sounds so yummy!! I’ll have to try it as a cookie “cake”. Thanks so much for sharing your change!!


Oh my goodness these chocolate chip cookie bars are fabulous!

    Lil' Luna

    YES, they are:) I’m glad you think so!! Thanks for sharing!


Can’y wait to try all of them. they really look good.

    Lil' Luna

    They are our favorite!! Hope you like them, as much as we do! Thanks!!


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!!!!!!

    Lil' Luna

    LOL..don’t hate me πŸ™‚ Glad you like them!! It’s one of our go-to desserts! Thanks so much for trying them!


I have a BBQ I am attending next week,and these are going to be perfect!

    Lil' Luna

    These are perfect for that!! Thank you for giving this recipe a try! Have fun!


Can Yu convert me the ingredients in grams pls!


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!

    Lil' Luna

    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!


For how many portions is this recipe?

    Lil' Luna

    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!

Kirti Yadav

These cookies with those chocolate chips are soooo delicious. I love those chocolate chips and its so easy to make.

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