Monday, 18 February 2013

Chocolate Chip Bars

I know a lot of people if asked 'what is your favourite cookie'?
Their answer would be 'chocolate chip'.
 How could you go wrong with chocolate?

Just like everyone would agree that chocolate chip is their favourite, the next question would be
'soft or crisp'?
The answer would depend and could be debated.
 I personally like crispy (I let the cookies stay in the oven 1-2 minutes longer then the recipe recommends).

Once that is settled, you would have your perfect cookie.
BUT... what would you have if you had a Chocolate Chip Bar??
This is an amazing way of having chocolate chip cookie.
Well, in this

These are soft and crispy.
I must say this has become MY favourite way of eating chocolate chip cookies.
The recipe is from the Martha Stewart website.

There will be a lot of batter. I filled a 9x17-inch glass baking pan.
You will think you will have leftovers, you will not.
Why? Because they are that good, you won't have enough.
The bars are tall.
The bake time on Martha's site states 40 minutes. I baked mine for approx. 25 minutes.
However, each oven is different and these times are approximate.
Bake until the edges are brown and the top is golden.

Chocolate-Chip Bars

1 1/2 cups butter, room temperature + more for pan
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsps. baking soda
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (I use regular size)

*Preheat 350F.
*Butter your pan (large pan) with butter; sides and bottom. Set aside.
*Whisk together your flour and baking soda in a medium-bowl. Set aside.
*In another bowl, on medium-speed, beat together butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
*Add eggs, one at a time. Remember to scrape down the sides of the bowl after each addition.
*Add vanilla; mix until all combined.
*Switch to low-speed and add the flour mixture. Again, just until combined.
*Add in the chocolate-chips. Mix until combined. (Dough may look thick, and dry, it will be okay). *Spread dough evenly in pan. Yes, it will be thick. They will look like brownies.
*Bake until golden brown. The scent will make you want to eat the entire batch by yourself. *Transfer to a wire-rack to cool.
*Once cooled, using a serrated knife cut into bars. Recommended size, 1 1/2-inch x 4-inch bars.
You cut the bars how you desire.

***Please Note: I always use Salted Butter and then omit the salt requested in recipes.
You should do what you feel is best.


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