Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Super soft and extra chewy chocolate chip cookie bars are incredibly easy to make. No dough chilling, mixer, or rolling into balls required! Sprinkled with sea salt for a little something extra, these cookie bars are a chocolate chip cookie lovers’ dream.

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

Taste testers gave these chocolate chip cookie bars a stamp of delicious approval– and I’m so glad because this cookie dough actually makes my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies, too. We’re talking the softest, chewiest, thickest chocolate chip cookies to ever come out of my oven.

And if you can believe it, baking chocolate chip cookies as cookie bars transforms them into something even better! Plus, 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?

Why You’ll Love These Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

  • Dense and buttery
  • Extra chewy and extra soft
  • Made with basic ingredients
  • Just like chocolate chip cookies, but they don’t spread
  • 100x easier than making cookies– no individual cookie dough rolling
  • A quick no chill cookie recipe
  • Prepared with simple kitchen tools– no mixer required
  • Can be easily doubled for a larger pan
  • Topped with sea salt for a little something extra
  • Still soft and chewy on days 2 and 3 (if they last that long!)

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

Ingredients in Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

If you’ve tried my beloved chewy chocolate chip cookies, you are already familiar with how easy this recipe is. We’re using the same cookie recipe, just baking them as bars. Here’s what you need:

  • Flour: All-purpose flour is the base of this recipe.
  • Baking Soda: Baking soda helps these bars rise as they bake.
  • Cornstarch: Cornstarch gives the cookie bars that ultra soft consistency we all know and love. Plus, it helps keep them wonderfully thick.
  • Salt: Salt adds flavor.
  • Butter: Use melted butter in this recipe for the chewiest cookie bars. Because we use melted butter, there’s no need to use a mixer!
  • Sugar: I like to use a mix of brown sugar and white granulated sugar this recipe. More brown sugar than white granulated sugar promises an extra soft and chewy cookie bar because there’s more moisture in brown sugar.
  • Egg & Egg Yolk: 1 egg binds everything together and 1 extra egg yolk adds richness and chewiness.
  • Vanilla Extract: Pure vanilla extract adds flavor. Try using homemade vanilla extract.
  • Chocolate Chips: 1 cup of chocolate chips ensures tons of melty chocolate in each bite. Instead of semi-sweet chocolate chips, try using dark, milk, or even white chocolate chips.

Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

9 Inch Pan of Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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. Even better? There’s no risk of cookie spreading with this recipe– the edges of the pan completely contain the cookies from overspreading. If you are having spreading issues with your regular cookies, here are my 10 guaranteed tips to prevent cookies from spreading.

One batch of these chocolate chip cookie bars fits perfectly into a 9-inch square pan. I love using this size of pan because it yields a nice, manageable batch– about 16 super thick bars. If you want a larger batch, double the recipe and bake the bars in a 9×13 inch pan– make sure to review my recipe notes.

I like to line my baking pans with aluminum foil or parchment paper. This way, you can lift the entire cookie bar mass out then easily cut into squares. Also makes for quick clean up!

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

How to Freeze Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Homemade chocolate chip cookie bars freeze beautifully so they’re a great make-ahead dessert option. Follow these instructions and no one will know they aren’t freshly baked the day you serve them:

  1. Bake and cool the cookie bars. Make sure they’re completely cool before moving onto step 2.
  2. Slice the bars into squares. If you lined your baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, simply pull the slab of bars out of the pan, place onto a cutting board, and cut into squares.
  3. Layer the bars between sheets of parchment paper in a freezer-friendly container. The parchment paper ensures that the bars don’t stick to each other and that the tops of the cookie bars stay intact.
  4. Thaw bars overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before serving. Enjoy!

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

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.

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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

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

270 Comments

  1. Tried these recently and they were perfect and actually stayed soft for a few days. One of my guilty pleasures is the Mrs. Field’s cookie cups, and I wonder if these bars with your vanilla frosting would taste similar? Or you could do a recipe. 😉

    1. Mrs. Fields makes amazing cookies! I’ve never had one of their cookie cups but you can definitely try it with this dough and vanilla buttercream. Let me know how they compare 🙂

  2. Sally,
    I must admit I didn’t inherit my mom’s cookie Mom gene but this recipe is my “go to” when I need to satisfy my chocolate chip cookie cravings. It’s so insanely easy I can throw it together and have my husband drooling while it cools in no time. My favorite is that it’s soft & chewy and each person can pick their favorite piece. Imma side or center gal myself. Thanks for this classic!

  3. Made these cookie bars today after the kids got home from school and O.M.G. They are amazing!!!! Soft and chewy and utterly delicious. My new go to for quick cookies!!!! Thank!

  4. Oh my goodness!!!!!! Made these today as an after weddding treat ‍♀️‍♀️❤️.
    Such an easy recipe to follow & so delicious . Yum!.
    What’s not to like? Don’t really know how long these are going to last in the tin though.

    1. What a fun treat for wedding guests!! If you won’t be serving them right away they freeze well. If they are wrapped tightly they should last at room temperature for up to a week!

  5. I mixed the chocolate chips with the dry ingredients first, before adding the wet. Made it much easier to stir everything together

  6. Hi Sally this might sound like a stupid question but here goes .. does the cornflour/cornstarch be added to the mixture as a dry ingredient or should it be of a paste consistency?

    Thanks

  7. Tried these today and although I was looking fir a fudgy bar recipe, these were really good. I would also call them butterscotch CCC bars. Will make them again but maybe bake the less next time

  8. Stuck inside on a rainy day and my little girl wants to make something sweet today. Only one problem… I only have brown sugar. I know chemistry plays a big part in baking (though I don’t completely understand it). Will this recipe turn out okay if I but the 1/4c white sugar for light brown sugar?

    1. Hi Christina! For these cookie bars, you’re completely fine using ALL brown sugar. It’s usually more of an issue with cookies or cakes. Cookie bars, brownies, blondies, etc are much more forgiving.

  9. I don’t have any cornstarch (I’m in South Korea and don’t know where to find it either). Can I use tapioca (powdered)? Or what else can I use?

  10. Hi Sally,
    I have a couple of questions about a similar recipe in your Cookie Addiction cookbook – Super Chewy Chocolate chip cookie bars.
    1) It calls for butter softened to room temp but in the instructions says that you should whisk the butter and brown sugar. I’m wondering if this is an error and the butter is actually supposed to be melted.
    2) I’m a bit confused about the differences in quantities of ingredients between these 2 recipes. If I double this recipe (Soft and chewy) to make it in a 9×13, I would be using over 4 cups of flour, 2.5 cups sugar (brown and white), 1.5c butter. If I make the Super Chewy recipe from the cookbook (9×13), I use almost 3c flour, 2c sugar, 3/4c butter. The ratios are quite different. Is the texture very different between the two? Is the online recipe thicker?
    Any guidance would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Hi Jennifer! Thank you so much for asking. The cookie recipe should call for melted butter. Though they taste wonderful with softened butter, as the recipe calls for, melted butter is what it should read. That has been fixed with future prints. I apologize for the error and confusion. These online bars are much thicker.

  11. Hello Sally, first I would like to thank you for this recipe. This is now a staple at the home. I am not a good baker as you, I just happen to be good at following instructions (lol!) and these always came out perfectly (the taste, the texture is just perfect!) and have made this countless times since I came across your recipe.
    I just have a question though and I really hope you will respond. I would love to make these in a big batch ( and give them to my son’s classmates before their Christmas break and put them on cute giveaway bags). What adjustments should I make for a 9×13″ pan or what size of pan would you suggest? Also, what adjustments in the recipe should be done? Lastly, will they be good with walnuts? I was thinking of adding something else aside from the chocolate chips.

    1. Hi Lalaine! We all start somewhere and YES you are a baker! See my recipe note about a 9×13 inch pan. You can definitely add walnuts, I would use 1 and 1/2 cups total if you double the recipe.

  12. Hi! Is this an updated version of an older recipe? I had a recipe for soft and chewy cookie bars. I was certain they were from your recipe. I have searched everywhere for my recipe but I can’t find it. I know for sure they had a whole tablespoon of vanilla extract and I’m thinking they were baked in a 9×13. Does this sound familiar to you or am I crazy? Lol

  13. I love this recipe. When I’m in a pinch for a quick treat to bring to a party or family gathering I always make these. They are delicious and super soft and delicious. This past Christmas someone had given me some Toffee Bark and I crumbled it up and threw on top. OMG everyone flipped out over it. I love when adding an ingredient on a whim pays off! (Of course they are super yummy just as they are!)

  14. Sally, I loved these bars and how easy they were to make. I often use a box from Trader Joe’s to make bars, but didn’t want to make the trip to the store when I knew I had the ingredients at home. Wow, so glad I searched your site, my favorite go to, and found this recipe. Easy, delicious and I know exactly what’s in it. Thank you.

  15. Hi Sally made these wonderful chocolate chip cookie bars … they turned out AMAZING just like all your recipies … I added peanut butter and chocolate chips …. THANKS

  16. These were delicious, and way les fussy than making chocolate chip cookies. Served with sliced strawberries for Sunday dinner. I’m not sure why the prep time says 2 hours plus cooling. Thanks for a great recipe!

  17. Hi Sally! A little tip, try dusting the chips before mixing them into the batter with some of the flour mixture, it keeps them evenly spaced throughout the bars!

  18. BEST chocolate chip bars I’ve ever made!! I didn’t even get the chance to take a picture because they were gone in less than a day!!

  19. Hi, I LOVE your site & yummy recipes! Sincere Thanks : ) Quick Question: a nice woman who works in an office next to mine shared that her cookies come out best when she does 1/2 butter & 1/2 Crisco. Your thoughts? Thank you!

    1. Hi Patty! I prefer to use all butter in most of my cookie recipes, chocolate chip cookie bars included. Crisco makes cookies thicker, but you lose the browning, caramelization (with sugar) and flavor from butter.

  20. I made these today, and they’re wonderful! What are your thoughts on subbing coconut oil for the butter? I imagine they’d be crumblier and the baking time might be shorter, but since both are solids at room temp, the substitution might work?
    Thank you!

      1. Great – thank you! I just posted a shot of them on Instagram this evening using brown butter. Coconut oil is up next!

  21. Oh my. I have always been a cookie baker, but I may become a bar baker after making these. So easy, and so yummy! I went all out and used Kerrygold unsalted butter. The sea salt is a nice touch. Thank you so much, Sally!

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