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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

One of my all time favorite bar treats is the classic chocolate chip cookie bar. Are you surprised since I am obsessed with chocolate chip treats? I love chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip muffins, and I even created a chocolate chip cookie milkshake:) I’ve been making these bars since I was a kid. My brother, sister, and I liked to whip these up when we were allowed to make a mess in the kitchen. I was craving them the other day and realized I never shared the recipe on our site. Oops! Everyone needs this easy recipe for chocolate chip cookie bars!

The cookie dough is easy to make. You should have all of the ingredients at home. Feel free to use whatever chocolate chips you like. I usually use semi-sweet chocolate chips, but I have made them with milk chocolate chips and white chocolate chips. If you are a butterscotch lover, feel free to throw those in as well. I love that you don’t have to form the cookies into dough balls, you just pour the cookie dough right into the pan-the joy of bar treats. Before baking, I like to sprinkle the cookie bars very lightly with sea salt. I love the hint of sea salt in my cookies. If you are not a salt fan, feel free to skip this step.

The chocolate chip cookie bars bake up in about 30 minutes. They are great for when you are short on time and need a killer dessert. Everyone loves these bars. They transport well and are also wonderful with a scoop of ice cream on top.

If you are a chocolate chip cookie fan, you will love these chocolate chip cookie bars. The bars are thick, chewy, and loaded with chocolate chips. Our family loves them and I am sure yours will too.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Yield: 24 cookie bars

Cook Time: 25-30 minutes


2 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
12 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips
Sea salt, for sprinkling over bars-optional


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the melted butter and sugars together until combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract and mix until smooth. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix on low, just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

4. Pour cookie dough into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with the spatula. Sprinkle cookie bars very lightly with sea salt, if desired. Bake cookie bars for 25-30 minutes or until the top of the bars are light golden brown and the edges start to pull away from the pan. Cool bars on a wire rack to room temperature. Cut bars into squares and serve.

If you like these Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars, you might also like:

Congo Bars from Bakerella
Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures
Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n’ Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar from Kevin & Amanda
Chocolate Toffee Cookie Bars from Two Peas and Their Pod

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165 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars”

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  1. Erica — June 24, 2011 @ 5:32 am

    I actually prefer bars over cookies! These look so yum! I’m a semi sweet girl too- but I like the chunks vs. the chips. Great recipe :) Hope you’re feeling welll

  2. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 24, 2011 @ 6:03 am

    These bars look wonderful and I’m a huge fan of sea salt on my desserts:-)

  3. Maria, they look SO GOOD!

    It’s like a blondie in cookie form. Or bar cookies. My mom used to make something like this growing up.

    The look so moist and perfect and semi gooey on the inside. LOVE IT!

  4. Karinvd — June 24, 2011 @ 6:10 am

    Oh boy, these are so going to be made this week. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. making cookies is one of my frustration , I am not gifted when it come to baking…cookies look so good.

  6. Kim in MD — June 24, 2011 @ 7:05 am

    These look so easy and yet so delicious! I love the sea salt on top. Your addition of the blue ribbon is so cute! :-)

  7. I can see why they’re your favorite! They look incredible!!! I would like a full batch of those a.s.a.p.! 😀 Yum!

  8. Heather (Heather's Dish) — June 24, 2011 @ 7:36 am

    oh my gosh, i love cookie bars! especially the ones with chocolate chips in them :)

  9. Blog is the New Black — June 24, 2011 @ 8:03 am

    I love “bars!” These look wonderful!

  10. Fallon — June 24, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    I’m all about chocolate chip anything as well. These look so delicious! Great for big crowds too.

  11. Meghan — June 24, 2011 @ 9:12 am

    I was just thinking about a similar recipe yesterday! My best friend from grade school’s dad used to make “pan cookies” – I think this is the same idea. They were SO good! I’m glad to have a recipe now :)

  12. Lori @ RecipeGirl — June 24, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    So yummy- I’d drizzle chocolate on top, because I’m a drizzler!

  13. TidyMom — June 24, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    YUM!!…….I love cookie bars more than cookies some times…….and you can’t beat how easy they are!!

  14. Amanda — June 24, 2011 @ 9:38 am

    Beautiful!! I love looking at all your chocolate chip creations… you are so talented and creative Maria!

  15. Jenny Flake — June 24, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    Yum! I love cookies in bar form….or any form for that matter :) They look great!

  16. The Café Sucré Farine — June 24, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    I am imagining these warm from the oven – they sure wouldn’t las long around my house, YUM! Thanks, Chris

  17. Cait's Plate — June 24, 2011 @ 9:51 am

    Oh my! Those look AMAZING! I love bar cookies – they’re so simple to make and there’s no scooping required! :)

    I may just have to make these today….

  18. Ashley — June 24, 2011 @ 9:53 am

    These look wonderful and simple! Awesome! :)

  19. Love these! Adorable styling and presentation. Can wait to see you in a few weeks

  20. marla — June 24, 2011 @ 10:19 am

    A perfect weekend treat! xo

  21. I love all your chocolate chip desserts. Will definitely try these. :)

  22. Sarah — June 24, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    This is one of my favorite desserts ever! I love chocolate chip bars.

  23. Cookbook Queen — June 24, 2011 @ 11:02 am

    Perfect timing!! I’m having a cook-out tonight and was going to make a sheet cake…this is even better!!

    Me thinks we’ll be having this instead.

    (sorry, I was just on How Sweet blog and she’s got me saying this me thinks thing now. )

  24. One of my all-time favorites! I’ve never tried the sprinkling of salt, will do next time!

  25. susan — June 24, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    cookie + a bar = yum

  26. kelley — June 24, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    Too funny, Maria, I made almost the exact same bars this week to share on my blog. I go a little crazy with the salt at the end. I love the salty-sweet combo! Your pics are beauty!

  27. These look perfect! I love all things chocolate chip cookie, and this is no exception. Your pictures are gorgeous as well!

  28. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — June 24, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    Now I want to go make some blondies! They’re one of my fav homemade treats next to cookies :)

  29. Katrina — June 24, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

    So yummy looking. I love cookies and I love bars!

  30. Malisa — June 24, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

    I was just telling a friend this morning that I needed to start making cookie bars because I can’t seem to get the traditional cookie perfect. YEAH! I hope to try these out this weekend.

  31. Lucy Lean — June 24, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

    I have never made a bar before – well lemon squares does that count? These look divine and can’t wait to make them – and more importantly gobble them up!

  32. Jamie — June 24, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

    These look delicious. Will have to try them soon but my husband told me to stop baking because we have too many treats in the house right now! What can I say, sometimes I just get the urge to bake something!

  33. Katrina — June 24, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

    I do love a perfectly simple bar cookie from time to time. I don’t think I told you about a month ago I made three different caramel treats for a goodie plate for my SIL’s birthday and was later told the biggest hit were your caramel blondies (and those were up against DL’s dulce de leche brownies!) 😉

    • Two Peas replied: — June 25th, 2011 @ 11:25 am

      So glad the caramel blondies were a hit. I need to make those again:)

  34. Lydia — June 24, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

    Yum! These look delicious. This is a recipe I will definitely be trying out soon!

  35. Joanne — June 24, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

    I love that with this recipe you get more chewy cookie center. The best part.

  36. Urban Wife — June 24, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

    Cute ribbon! Chewy cookie bars are always a winner in my book. I love the versatility of bars and how easy they are for baking in a hurry. :)

  37. brandi — June 24, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

    we love anything with chocolate chips :) these look great, Maria! Hope you guys have a fantastic weekend!

  38. Emily — June 24, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

    These look amazing! You always have the best recipes and pictures.

    P.S. I received my kefir. yogurt, sour cream products last week. They’re all so good!

    • Two Peas replied: — June 25th, 2011 @ 11:25 am

      Glad you are enjoying the GVO products!

  39. Connie — June 24, 2011 @ 3:39 pm


  40. Brooke Hill — June 24, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    I just pulled these out of the oven…. i hope they cool oh so fast so I can eat them up!!! Yummy!

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