September 24, 2014

Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Easy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars via | @forkknifeswoon

We fell asleep to rain and woke up to… rain; There’s still a novelty to the persistent precipitation in our new locale (though ask me in a few weeks…). A gentle drizzle continued to fall in the background as I brewed a big pot of coffee and busied myself with a morning of recipe testing.

I spend a good chunk of my work days in the kitchen, the pup underfoot, developing recipes, photographing ingredients and dishes, and of course cooking regular meals for the Honey and me. It’s my very favorite place. Today was no different.

Easy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars via | @forkknifeswoon

Only today, by early afternoon, I had almost nothing to show for my efforts. I had over-proofed a batch of cinnamon roll dough, and was still struggling to perfect a new pumpkin ice cream recipe. Then the pup, normally happy at my feet or pressed against the warm stove, but today full of anxious, rain-induced excess energy, licked a chicken recipe mid-shoot.

I needed a cookie. A chocolate chip cookie.

With the kitchen a disaster, and my sheet pans and silpats in use, I opted for a simpler version: chocolate chip cookie bars. Or would you call these blondies? Either way, they’re the sort of simple, tried-and-true dessert that are easy to whip up in a snap, and perfect for rainy afternoons.

Easy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars via | @forkknifeswoon

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Easy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars via | @forkknifeswoon

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

  • Author: Fork Knife Swoon
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 12 Bars 1x



  • 11/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 8×8-inch baking pan with cooking spray or grease with butter. Set aside.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a stand-up mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the melted butter and brown sugar on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add the vanilla, followed by the egg, and mix until completely combined, and the mixture has slightly lightened in color, about 30 seconds.
  4. Turn the mixer down to low, and add the cinnamon, followed by the flour mixture. Mix until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula, as needed. Mix in 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips.
  5. Turn the dough out into the prepared baking pan, using a spatula to even out the top and smooth the dough into the corners. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips on top, and bake until the top is golden brown and the cookie bars are cooked through, about 20-25 minutes. Let the cookie bars cool in the pan before slicing. Serve warm.


  • Serving Size: 1 Bar
  • Calories: 253
  • Sugar: 24g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Protein: 2g
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  • Reply
    Cat V
    November 7, 2019 at 10:57 am

    I love this recipe, I used a pie pan and it was the perfect size. However I found it contained a wee bit to much butter. Can you help me by suggesting a reduced amount of butter. Possibly 1/3 cup butter instead of 1/2 cup? Would that affect the recipe poorly?

    • Reply
      November 8, 2019 at 9:30 am

      Hi Cat! I haven’t tried using a lower butter ratio, but 1/3 cup sounds like a good start. Would love to know your results if you try! 🙂

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    wendy browne
    January 29, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Thank you for the 8×8 pan recipe. I don’t think I’ve ever owned a jelly roll pan as called for in most bar recipes!

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    Lisa Ritter
    February 11, 2015 at 6:28 am

    My daughter would love these but she has an egg allergy, what would you suggest as a good substitute. I haven’t found one yet that works well in a “brownie” type dessert.


    • Reply
      February 11, 2015 at 9:03 am

      Hi Lisa! I usually try banana, pumpkin or applesauce if I’m going egg-free, but I haven’t tried any substitutions on this particular recipe. Any of those options will change the flavor of the cookie bars, but maybe are worth a try?

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    November 6, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Those look wonderful! If I wanted to make in a larger pan, would I just double the recipe and how much longer to bake?

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    Annalise @ Completely Delicious
    September 27, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I think anyone’s day would be made better by these cookie bars – they look fantastic!

    • Reply
      October 3, 2014 at 9:51 am

      Thank you, Annalise!

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    September 26, 2014 at 10:37 am

    This is exactly what I need on a Friday afternoon. I need to make them now!

    • Reply
      October 3, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Thanks, Kelly!

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    Heather @ My Overflowing Cup
    September 25, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I need one, Laura! Too bad we can’t send food via the internet, huh? Thanks so much for the recipe. It’s raining here, too, so I guess I better make these.

    • Reply
      October 3, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Oh, Heather, I wish we could!! Hope you enjoy!

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    jenna @ just j.faye
    September 25, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    I love the addition of cinnamon into the batter! I’m sure it gives the flavor that extra little something special.

    • Reply
      October 3, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Thanks, Jenna!

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    Chris @ Shared Appetite
    September 25, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Yes, yes, yes! I could totally for for one (pan) of these right now! It’s raining here too in NY… perfect day for cookies!

    • Reply
      October 3, 2014 at 9:49 am

      Thank you, Chris!

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    September 25, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Your recipes are so beautifully photographed, it leaves me amazed!
    Though always delicious, I’m now struggling with weight issues, and wonder if you’d also consider taking on some “light” recipes in the future? (In every category- main dish, appetizers, desserts, etc) If they came from you, I’d know they would taste good!

    • Reply
      October 3, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Thanks, Patty! There is a mix of healthy recipes, but this time of year tends to easily head in the other direction with Fall baking! I will take your suggestion to heart 🙂

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    September 24, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Gotta love bars like these. An amazing way to shove more cookie batter in yo’ face! xx

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      September 25, 2014 at 7:27 am

      I completely agree 🙂

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    September 24, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    I love your site! Seriously so classy! I’ve actually been wanting to change mine to more the black and white timeless look. This is is like my favorite food blog design I’ve seen yet!

    • Reply
      September 25, 2014 at 7:26 am

      Thank you, Jaclyn!! I get antsy with the design and always am tweaking things… 🙂