Stack of chocolate chip cookie bars with a glass of milk
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Last updated on September 12, 2020 by Liza Hawkins

Chocolate chip cookie bars make an already simple recipe even easier — because, as we know, making chocolate chip cookies from scratch isn’t difficult. 

But, even I can be lazy enough to not want to spend time plopping dough by the tablespoonful onto cookie sheets, batch by batch. And that’s why cookie bars were invented! All of the cookie dough bliss, with none of the individual cookie fuss!

Freshly baked chocolate chip cookie bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Here’s a quick run-through of the steps; the full recipe card is just after:

First you cream butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl until they’re soft and fluffy, and then mix in the eggs and vanilla.

Next you sift flour, baking soda and salt into the butter mixture and then stir it just until a dough is made, lastly folding in the chocolate chips. Then press the dough into a buttered 9×11″ baking dish.

Chocolate chip cookie bar dough pressed into a buttered glass baking dish

Then just bake it for twenty to twenty-five minutes at 375°F, or until it’s golden brown and set.

Chocolate chip cookie bars on a plate with a glass of milk

After you pull the baking dish out of the oven, make sure to let the it rest on a cooling rack for ten to fifteen minutes before cutting, otherwise you might have a crumbly, gooey mess on your hands.

Close-up of cut chocolate chip cookie bars

Not that a gooey mess would be a bad thing, it could actually be quite good! Just not the “bars” you envisioned…

Stack of chocolate chip cookie bars with a glass of milk
Yield: 18 bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

The taste of classic chocolate chip cookies, but even easier to make!


  • 2 sticks salted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (12-ounces)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Using a mixer, cream the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar together in a large bowl until the mixture becomes light and fluffy. Add the eggs and the vanilla, and continue mixing until they’re combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking soda and salt together. Add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture about 1/4 cup at a time (just eyeball it), making sure to incorporate fully before adding more. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Press the cookie dough evenly into a lightly buttered 9x11" baking dish. Bake the bars for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the center has set.
  5. Remove the chocolate chip cookie bars from the oven and let them cool for 15 minutes before cutting.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 275Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 278mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 4g


Hi, I'm Liza — a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting lost in whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life and am always on the hunt for good eats, easy recipes, binge-worthy shows, relaxing road trip destinations, the perfect fizzy gin cocktail, and time to finish my novel!

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