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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (aka Pan Chewies) are our family’s go-to Sunday Night Dessert! It’s your favorite cookie in bar-form, served hot. They’re perfect with ice cream!
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 love these because:
- SO easy. These are so simple and classic, we make them all the time.
- Delicious. If you love cookies, then you will love these in bar form.
- Great for gatherings. We love to make these for parties, holidays like Easter and Christmas and family outings.
We often serve them with Vanilla Ice Cream, and I can safely say EVERYONE in the family loves them.
Just a few ingredients and steps are needed to make this chocolate chip cookie bars. Here are the ingredients needed to make the cookie dough:
- brown sugar
- baking powder
- baking soda
- semi-sweet chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips
How to Make Cookie Bars
- PREP. Begin by greasing a 9-x-13-inch glass baking dish and setting it aside.
- WET INGREDIENTS. In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla. Mix well with a wooden spoon or a mixer on the lowest setting.
- DRY INGREDIENTS. Gradually add flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Stir until well combined and pour into the prepared baking dish.
- BAKE. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and bake for 24–28 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan before cutting.
- SERVE. Serve warm and eat by themselves or with ice cream.
Getting perfectly baked cookie bars:
- Make sure your oven is preheated to 350 degrees before you put your bars in to avoid underbaking.
- When you remove them from the oven you’ll be able to tell that they are done if they have a slightly dull surface that when you lightly touch it a slight imprint remains. The edges of the crust should also begin to harden and slightly pull away from the surface of the baking dish.
- If your bars are undercooked, return them to bake in the oven immediately and check them for doneness at 5 minute intervals.
- White Chocolate Chips + Butterscotch Chips
- M&Ms – and we change these up with different M&Ms for the holidays
- Chocolate Chips + Toffee Bits
- Chocolate Chips + Chopped Nuts (Peanuts or Walnuts)
- To STORE, 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.
- 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 Bars Recipe
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-x-13-inch glass baking dish and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla. Mix well with a wooden spoon.
- Gradually add flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Stir until well combined and pour into the prepared baking dish.
- Sprinkle with chocolate chips and bake for 24–28 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan before cutting.
Variations: You can swap out the chocolate chips for a variety of other toppings to change up these bars. Here are some of our favorite combinations:
o White chocolate chips + butterscotch chips
o M&M’s (we love to use colored M&M’s for the different holidays!)
o Chocolate chips + toffee bits or peanut butter chips
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.