Cookie Bars

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.

How to make cookie bars process pic


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

Cookie Bars recipe stacked on plate

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.

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Cookie Bars Recipe

4.88 from 39 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


  • Melt butter in microwave safe bowl until melted. Let cool.
  • Add brown sugar, vanilla and egg - mix well.
  • Add dry ingredients gradually. Blend well, and pour into greased 9x9 pan.
  • 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. 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!!!

  2. 5 stars
    These are AMAZIng! My favorite part of a cookie is the dough. These are so chewy and just like i like them!! Great recipe!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

    1. Thank you!! I am not sure which bars you are talking about. Do you remember exactly what they were called & it was from my site?

  6. 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!! ~

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. I measured the ingredients exactly except for adding 2/3 cup chocolate chips instead of 1/2 cup. Unfortunately, my bars were flat and too moist. Do you think that was the problem or could it have been my oven temp? They were better at the edges than in the center. Thanks for any tips you can offer!

    1. I typed the above before realizing that I remembered the amount of chips incorrectly. I did use 3/4 cup. It was a fudge recipe that I made at the same time where I changed the amount of chips. So, I didn’t actually alter the ingredients. I am thinking my oven temp wasn’t hot enough. They taste great, though, even if they are flat. 😊

    2. I am thinking it needed to be in longer. Depending on where I am baking these, the time varies. Hope you will try them again 🙂

  11. 5 stars
    This is one of the best and easiest desserts. We love it so much that I usually double it. I can’t wait to try it with m&m’s.

  12. 3 stars
    I love these cookies, but I got them from somebody else on Pinterest. One glaring mistake you made was that you omitted adding the butter. I sincerely hope nobody ended up with a flour-y, horrible cookie because of that error. Please fix it so others can enjoy this as much as my family does. Also, I mix the chips in with the dough at the last moment & I think it’s much better than sprinkling them on top. Mixing them in the dough creates a chewy brownie-type cookie. Thanks for the recipe. It’s awesome. But please re-write it so nobody forgets the butter that may be cooling across the kitchen & forgot about it. It can happen.

  13. 5 stars
    I Googled “Friday night easy desserts,” and this was one of the top results – and I know why! Took no time to prep and bake, and they are deeeelish! No modifications needed. The family loves them & they’ll likely be gone before the end of the weekend. Thanks for sharing! ☺️

    1. Thank you so much for sharing! I’m so glad you enjoyed the cookie bars. They are a favorite over here too!

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