Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Super soft and extra chewy chocolate chip cookies as bars! No dough chilling, no mixer, and no rolling into balls! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Happy national chocolate chip day!

But maybe that was yesterday.

And maybe I meant to post these soft & chewy chocolate chip cookie bars yesterday but I got all into lemon blueberry poppy seed muffins instead. And then lost myself while packing what seemed like 800 cake stands. My kitchen is a stockpile of Home Goods cake serveware and every time I tell myself I don’t need any more polka dot cake stands, a green, orange, pink, teal even though I already have teal, or yellow lands in my cart. Every single time.

Super soft and extra chewy chocolate chip cookies as bars! No dough chilling, no mixer, and no rolling into balls! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Also packing for Salt Lake City this week! Have you ever been there before? I’m going for a couple reasons: (1) book signing on Wednesday night. Would love love love to meet you! and (2) the Everything Food Conference where I’ll be baking lava cakes with a group of bloggers and answering all sorts of blog questions. I’ve only met a handful of fellow food bloggers in the past 5 years, so I’m thrilled to be meeting many more in only a few short days.

Speaking of book signings, I brought these chocolate chip cookie bars to one last month. This is actually a recipe I’ve made a handful of times in the past 3 years and I’m kind of embarrassed that I’ve never shared it with you before.

*runs and hides*

*probably behind cake stands*

Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Taste testers gave these a big ol’ stamp of delicious approval– and I’m so glad because this cookie dough actually makes my favorite ever chocolate chip cookies too. We’re talking the softest, chewiest, thickest chocolate chip cookies to ever come out of my oven. Baking chocolate chip cookies as cookie bars sort of transforms them into something even better. And then there’s the whole EASY factor because we don’t have to chill the cookie dough and we don’t need to roll the dough into individual cookies. So they’re homemade soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies, only easier to prepare. A lazy girl’s cookie if you will. Because sometimes we don’t want to lift a finger, right?

And it gets even better: no mixer needed! You’ll use melted butter instead of using a base of creamed butter. I melt the butter to give the cookies a little extra chew, and you’ll get the same irresistible chew in the cookie bars as well. I also add an extra egg yolk for more chew– and chat about it all right over here. I find these cookie bars are extra chewy on day 2 or 3, if you have the patience to wait.

Super soft and extra chewy chocolate chip cookies as bars! No dough chilling, no mixer, and no rolling into balls! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Since we’re not creaming the butter and sugar, the cookie dough comes together entirely by hand. Then you’ll just press it into a baking pan. I like to bake these in a 9×9 square because this size produces super thick bars. A larger pan will thin the bars out, but your cook time will be faster if you’re in a hurry. TIP: I always line my baking pans with aluminum foil. This way you can lift the entire cookie bar mass out then easily cut into squares. Also makes for quick clean up.

You know what I really love though? These cookie bars aren’t cakey. They’re soft, for sure, but oh-so-buttery, dense, and chewy. If you’re an edge kind of person (me! me!), you’ll love the crisp corners. In fact, go ahead and call dibs on all 4 right now.

And the sea salt! A sparkly finishing touch is always welcome. And its little crunch on top is A++++.

Super soft and extra chewy chocolate chip cookies as bars! No dough chilling, no mixer, and no rolling into balls! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Dare I say these are better than their cookie counterpart? I’m going there. And maybe you should add nuts to the cookie dough. Going there too.

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Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 16 bars
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

No mixer required and there’s no waiting for cookie dough to chill with these soft & chewy chocolate chip cookie bars!


Ingredients

  • 2 and 1/4 cups (280g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 cup (200g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (180g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • optional: sprinkle of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line the bottom and sides of a 9-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment, leaving an overhang on all sides to easily lift the bars out of the pan when cool. Set aside.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until no brown sugar lumps remain. Whisk in the egg, then the egg yolk. Finally, whisk in the vanilla extract. The mixture will be thick. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together until combined. The dough will be very soft, yet thick. Fold in the chocolate chips. The chips may not stick to the dough because of the melted butter, but do your best to combine them.
  4. Transfer dough to the prepared baking pan and press/smooth into an even layer. Sprinkle the top with sea salt if desired. Also, I like to press a few more chocolate chips on top of the dough before baking (I do this just for looks!). Bake for 32-35 minutes or until lightly browned on the sides. Use a toothpick to test for doneness; if it comes out clean from the center of the pan, the bars are done.
  5. Allow the bars to cool in the pan set on a wire rack for at least an hour. Once relatively cool, lift the foil out of the pan using the overhang on the sides and cut into squares. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.


Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: You can make the cookie dough and chill it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Allow to come to room temperature and continue with step 4. Baked cookie bars freeze well for up to 3 months. Thaw bars overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before serving.
  2. 9×13 Pan: You can double this recipe to fit into a 9×13 baking pan. The bars will take longer to cook through, about 40 minutes at 350°F (177°C). Use a toothpick to test for doneness.

Keywords: chocolate chip cookie bars

This cookie dough in a 9-inch bake pan, same temperature, same bake time. Do it!!

No mixer required and there's no waiting for cookie dough to chill with these soft & chewy chocolate chip cookie bars!

221 Comments

  1. Just made them with almond flour. When cutting into them, the center is melted chocolate. The outside is more like a cookie, but if you love chocolate this is for you.
    Bring it tonight for a dinner party. Doesn’t look like yours, but it is soooo good.
    Oh! I added nuts. Thank you.

  2. Hi sally I just made these chocolate chip bars using 3x the recipe and they smell and look fabulous! I baked them in 2 9×13 pans they won’t be as thick as yours but thick enough for the grandchildren.

      1. Hi sally they still came out thick, great recipe! Thank you so much for the foil tip, I’ve been baking for years (I’m 67) and would have never thought of that! Wow they really do lift out of the pan easily and no pans to wash! Now I just have to figure out how to veganize them….my daughter and her family are vegans so I adapt a lot of recipes so my two grandchildren aren’t left out. Thank you again I love your recipes! Have a great week!

  3. Love this recipe! Easy to make. Family and neighbors love it too. I use different chips depending on my mood and what’S available in the pantry!

    1. I’ve made these bars with different types of chips and add-ins and love how versatile they are! I’m glad your family and neighbors enjoy them!

      1. I always recommend unsalted butter because different brands of butter contain different amounts of salt so you never really know how much you are adding! However, you can use salted butter if that is what you have and just lower the amount of salt you add to the dough.

  4. I’ve made this recipe a few times and it’s always delicious. The last time I made them, I was going to a friends house out of town and didn’t want to show up empty handed. I made these the week before my trip and froze them. Grabbed them from the freezer right before going to the airport, put them in a gift box, then in my carry on. By the time I got to my destination they were thawed and ready to eat!

  5. Hi Sally,

    I shook the chocolate chips up in a bowl with a tiny bit of flour and they adheres to the dough perfectly

    Love your blog, I’ve learned so much about baking from you!

  6. If I pressed this dough into a 9×13-inch pan, how long would you estimate the bake time to be? I want to create a chocolate chip cookie bar dessert for National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (it’s a holiday worth celebrating, right?), and I was thinking of layering your chocolate chip cookie dough fudge over these bars and then spreading a layer of chocolate over top. Do you think this would work? I’m assuming I would have to refrigerate the bars after I add the cookie dough fudge layer so it can set, then add the chocolate layer. Do you think these will stay relatively firm at room temperature? Thanks for the advice, Sally! 🙂

    1. Now THAT sounds like a way to celebrate! Unfortunately, this just isn’t enough dough for a 9×13 pan, so I recommend doubling it OR stretching it super thin to fit the 9×13 inch pan (which might be the better option since you’re making a layered dessert). Fudge in the center, then chocolate on top would be divine! They should stay pretty firm at room temperature and hold their shape. Let me know how they turn out!

  7. So, I did make those chocolate chip cookie dough layered bars I asked you about. They turned out SO well, and I was immensely pleased. I pressed the dough into a 9×13″ pan and baked for 20 minutes, which turned out to be the perfect amount of time to achieve a slightly under-baked appearance. I let the bars cool completely before topping with the fudge (which tastes just like cookie dough!). After letting all that set in the fridge, I topped the bars with ganache and returned to the refrigerator. Everyone at our connect group loved them! And, they were tons of fun to make 😀

  8. Got this email today and just cut them into squares. So soft so delicious! They were very easy to make too!

  9. Sally Sally Sally, now you’ve gone and done it.
    Chocolate chip cookies have always been our favorite but I’m usually disappointed by the batter oozing into thin cookies. THEN BAM!!! ALONG COMES SALLY AND THIS AMAZING RECIPE!!! It is the BEST and also the EASIEST recipe EVER! Thank you for this! My hubby thinks you walk on water! I’ve made your recipe three times for us already and today I made a batch for my boss who’s headed out on a road trip for the holiday weekend. I’d say my job is secure
    Happy baking!

  10. Sally, I am a huge fan of your recipes. These bars are delicious but every time I make them they fall in the middle. My oven is calibrated, the toothpick is clean so I’m at a loss. Is this normal?

    1. Hi Linda! Unfortunately, it’s par for the course with cookie bars. Because of the high fat content and dense structure, they’ll always sink in the middle.

  11. Lovely recipe sally.. i have always tried these soft and chewy recipes but it comes out soft but undercooked all time even with the desired temperature.

  12. Made this recipe (doubled, per instructions in the notes) and it was a huge hit at the family bbq. My kids are requesting them almost daily now! Thanks, Sally!

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