Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

There’s something to be said for going back to basics once in a while. Life can get complicated, and it’s easy to get wrapped up in little details. Making food that’s not only delicious but easy and quick can help alleviate stress and make everyone’s day a little bit better.

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My life has been super crazy recently; though robotics build season just finished up, pit orchestra for Les Mis is still going strong and school hasn’t slowed down at all. Having a go-to way to feed my friends makes everything easier, especially when it can be baked in 20 minutes. I’m looking forward to pretty spring recipes as much as the next girl, but right now I just need to chill out and pacify my piers with something universal and comforting.

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Keep calm and bake cookie bars, I guess.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 2 room temperature eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ⅓ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups chocolate chips

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375º F.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter and two sugars until smooth.

Add in the eggs, one at a time, until combined, then stir in the vanilla, baking soda and salt.

Gently fold in the flour and chocolate chips, mixing until just combined.

Line a 13 x 9 baking pan with aluminum foil and press the dough flat, making sure every part of the pan has an even layer of dough.

Bake for 19-22 minutes, or until the top is golden brown but the inside is still soft.

Cool completely before slicing and serving.

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