Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars-chocolate chip cookies are made in ONE pan! These easy cookie bars are a family favorite dessert!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookies Made in ONE Pan

Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite dessert. You can’t beat a chocolate chip cookie, unless the chocolate chip cookies are made in ONE pan. Have you made Chocolate Chip Cookie BARS? If you like chocolate chip cookies, you are going to LOVE chocolate chip cookie bars because they are SO easy to make. You press all of the chocolate chip cookie dough into one pan. You don’t have to scoop the dough into individual cookies and bake pan after pan, you just put the one pan in the oven and voila, chocolate chip cookie bars magically come out of the oven.

Chocolate chip cookie bars dough

How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

  • The cookie dough is easy to make, you should have all of the ingredients at home.
  • For this cookie bar recipe, you melt the butter so you don’t have to wait for the butter to soften at room temperature, which is nice. You just melt the butter in a pan on the stovetop or in the microwave.
  • Use more brown sugar than regular sugar for a chewy cookie bar. Make sure you pack the brown sugar in the cup.
  • I use one large egg and one large egg yolk. The egg yolk makes the bars extra chewy.
  •  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 press the cookie dough right into a greased 9×13 pan, the joy of bar treats.
  • Before baking, I like to sprinkle the cookie bars with flaked sea salt. I love the hint of sea salt in my cookies.
  • The chocolate chip cookie bars bake up in about 30 minutes. They are done when the cookie bars are golden brown and the edges are puffed against the side of the pan.
  • Let the bars cool completely before cutting them into squares.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe

Family Favorite Dessert

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 made them for my boys. They love them just as much as I do. They are the perfect dessert for any occasion. They are perfect for taking to a party or potluck because the pan of cookies is easy to transport and everyone LOVES them. They are also good served warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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.

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Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Chocolate chip cookies made in ONE pan! These easy cookie bars are a family favorite dessert!
4.6 from 5 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Total Time
40 minutes
24 cookie bars


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • Sea salt flakes 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.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 225 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 110mg5%
Potassium 28mg1%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 230IU5%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

chocolate chip cookie bars

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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….

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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!

  5. 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…

  6. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 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!!

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. I tried these today for a quick bar to take to a friends house. I have made chocolate chip bars before, but these are outstanding! Thanks for a great recipe and I will definitely keep this as my go-to-bar recipe!

  11. Thank you so much for this recipe! I looked up chocolate chip cookie bars because I needed something super easy to make…and everyone I gave them too was raving over them.

  12. I found this recipe on Pinterest a while back and I really must thank you. My 14-year-old son and I frequently make these and they’re always a hit. We’re making them with 1/2 semisweet and 1/2 butterscotch chips tonight. They smell amazing!

  13. I was just wondering if the brown sugar is packed or not? Most chocolate chip recipes call for the brown sugar to be packed. Thank you for the recipe

  14. I have made your recipe many times as written, and I wanted to thank you for a perfect recipe! It is my ” go to” recipe for any occasion.

  15. These were amazing! I used mini chocolate chips so they were really throughout the bars. I loved the sea salt on top and will be adding a little bit more next time I bake them. I am writing this recipe down to use many times in the future. Thank you!

  16. Love this! Have you ever come across a chocolate chip cookie cake recipe? I made one when I was in 4-H and can’t find a recipe now. Must’ve eaten at least 10 while practicing back then ๐Ÿ˜‰ All I can find are recipes calling for boxed mix.

  17. Thanks for the wonderful recipe! I made these today for Valentine’s Day using Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips and Heath Bar crumbles. I cut them into hearts using a cookie cutter while they were still a little warm, then dusted them with confectioner sugar once they’d cool. They’re delicious and adorable! If I could figure out a way to post a picture, I would…


  18. These are delicious! I made them last week and took some to work. Everyone loved them. I sprinkled sea salt on top but probably not enough. I’ll be a little bit more generous next time. These are very addicting! I used about 1/2 bag of Trader Joe’s chocolate chunks (which also are delicious!)

  19. Thanks for this amazing recipe, I’ll make them this way forever now. Mine were very soft and fell apart trying to cut but they were soo good like that!

  20. Do you have any recommendations into turning this into a cookie cake? If I bake it in a 9″ cake pan, should I leave the recipe as is. What if I try a 12″ pizza pan. Thanks!

    1. It does make a whole pan of cookies:) We do have some healthier cookie recipes on our site too! You can use coconut oil if you wish.

  21. I LOVE these bars and have made the older version on your site 100 times. Did you change the flour amount from 2 and an 1/8 cup from the old version of the recipe to this version? Just curious why you made that change ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Yes because I was getting complaints that people didn’t have an 1/8 cup so I tried it with 1/4 and the results were still super tasty:) Just trying to make it easier to measure:) Glad you like the recipe!

  22. 5 stars
    This is by far my family’s favorite chocolate chip recipe! I am looking for a peanut butter cookie version, no frosting, just simple. Any chance you have done this before in a 9 x 13 pan?

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