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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”

  1. Anne — December 6, 2011 @ 11:33 pm

    Hello! These look delicious. Quick question – did you mean 2 tablespoons of butter, not 12? 😉

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  3. Erin — December 24, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    These were absolutely delicious! They’re beautiful and turned out perfect. Love your blog!

    • Two Peas replied: — December 24th, 2011 @ 11:35 pm

      Thanks Erin!

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  5. shrink on the couch — January 11, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

    These look dee-vine and exactly the recipe I was seeking. Making after school snack for my kids. Thanks!

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  7. HFriedman — January 23, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    Made these on Saturday at 5:30 pm. Pan was empty and cleaned by Sunday at 5:30 pm. They were incredible. Thank you so much for sharing!

  8. koren — January 31, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

    what kind of mixer attachment are you using to mix the dough ?

    • Two Peas replied: — January 31st, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

      Use the beater blade.

  9. Sue — February 19, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    Made my home smell so good On this rainy day! I had all the ingredients on hand. Delicious and easy!

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  11. NRS — March 3, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    These are so yum!!!! Thanks. What brand chips do you like for these?

    • Two Peas replied: — March 3rd, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

      I like Guitard semi-sweet chocolate chips.

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  13. Wendi — March 6, 2012 @ 10:19 am

    These were so delicious !!!! I loved the salt on top– (my first time doing that)
    YUMO !!! Thank you !

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  16. Mike — April 26, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

    These cookies rock!

  17. Holly — May 1, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

    I found these awhile back while searching for this exact thing and just never commented. My husband and I bought a hardwood lumber business and the previous owners always had brownies and coffee on hand. As busy as I am, brownies still get so boring and these are so easy!! Ironically, I always lose the recipe so I have to come back and print it off again. (quite frequently) So I decided to just say thanks while I’m here. Until next time….

    • Two Peas replied: — May 1st, 2012 @ 11:34 pm

      You are very welcome! Glad you like the bars!

  18. Emily — May 12, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

    We just made these and they are amazing. You never disappoint!!!

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  20. Liz — May 21, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

    This recipe is kick *ss . As a nutritionist – this is definitely a treat bar – but it turns out beautifully and I only use 1 cup of mini-choc chips.
    I make mine with spelt flour and turns perfectly!

  21. Denise — June 10, 2012 @ 6:03 pm

    My mother used to make the congo bars 40 yrs ago and still wonderful. If you use
    a cookie sheet they will be perfect every time and bake evenly

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  23. Lynn heckman — June 12, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    This is a easy and wonderful tasting recipe! Keep coming back to make it! Thanks.

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  27. Robert Harris — June 23, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    My wife just made these and the kids cut them in the star shapes. They taste great.

  28. Khristina — June 29, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

    This recipe is great!
    I made them the other day and they were amazing! Best recipe i’ve found. I actually packed them up and sent them to my husband who is deployed in Afghanistan!
    Thank you so much!

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  30. Abbey Dupuy — July 23, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

    Thanks for sharing this recipe – these look delicious. I can’t wait to try making them with my son.

  31. Courtney — July 29, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

    As I’m sitting here, trying not to drool… just outta curiosity, would I be able to sub half whole wheat flour and have them still turn out? I’m thinking about taking these on vacation for my family next week but am interested in making them a tiny bit healthier…

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  34. Clarita — August 23, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    These are amazing!! I’ve made them a couple times for different events, and both times I’ve had such a hard time making sure the ENTIRE pan makes it to the event before I can snitch one (or three)! Last time, I adjusted it a bit: just 2 cups flour and I added between 1/2 and 3/4 cup of rolled oats. Still sooooo yummy and they felt a little less “naughty” for our health :)

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  36. Lauren — September 18, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

    Oh my goodness. This is THE best C.C. Recipe ever! I make these weekly for my husband’s crew at the dairy and they fight over the last bar. Thank you!!

  37. Mollie — December 24, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

    The best chocolate chip cookie bars ever!!! They are so SUPER easy to make and taste incredible! I have made them multiple times, and am now making them to give as Christmas gifts. Thank you so much for having posted this recipe!

  38. Fiona — January 22, 2013 @ 10:15 pm

    Can’t wait to try these!!! Does anyone have any idea how much 8 tablespoons butter might be?

  39. Kristen — February 4, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I’m an Army wife, and bar cookies (which I’ve never made before) are sturdier to ship overseas. My soldier will love these!

    • Two Peas replied: — February 4th, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

      Please give him our best. I hope he enjoys the cookie bars!

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