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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Makes 12-15 3x3-inch bars


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda 

1 teaspoon salt 

1 cup canola oil (vegetable oil does not work)

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1 large egg

2 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

10 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips

6 ounces (additional) bittersweet chocolate chips (optional topping)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13" x 9" pan.


Place the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl; whisk well to combine.


In a large bowl, beat the canola oil, sugar, and brown sugar. Break up any clumps of brown sugar with the spoon.  Mix in the egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Stir in the chocolate chips just until incorporated.


Place the dough in the pan and spread evenly.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges.  (Don't over-bake.  They get hard and crunchy and are much less wonderful to eat.)

If you want to have a chocolate coating (!!), remove the bars from the oven after 15 minutes*.  Scatter the chocolate chips for the topping over the warm dough.  Return the pan to the oven for five additional minutes.  Remove the pan and spread the chocolate chips with a spatula.  

Allow bars to cool before cutting. (They are easier to cut once the chocolate has set.  But it's hard to wait, man!)

Recipe slightly adapted from The Keenan Cookbook and The Pajama Chef

*Adjust the total baking time to compensate for a larger or smaller baking pan.