How to Make the Most Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Meet your new go-to potluck dessert! This chocolate chip cookie bar recipe is a comforting treat that's ready in just 30 minutes.

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Is there anything better than a big, still-warm-from-the-oven, chocolate chip cookie? They’re a classic for a reason and are a staple at backyard parties, holiday dinners and, of course, bake sale tables.

But if you’re one of those last-minute bakers like me (these 15-minute recipes have been my saving grace) baking up a few batches to feed a crowd can become time-consuming.

Luckily, Rhonda Knight of Hecker, Illinois has the perfect solution: Chocolate chip cookie bars! All the comforting flavors and texture of a chocolate chip cookie with the convenience of tossing the dough in a 13×9 and baking all at once. Plus, the bars can be cut to any size, making them a great option for potlucks and bake sales.

If your mouth is already watering, check out this chocolate chip cookie bar recipe and some helpful tips below.

But first, be the star of your next bake sale with these recipes that’ll bring in the big bucks.

How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars


  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (We love 365 Everyday Value’s chips)

Yield: 3 dozen


Step 1: Prepare the batter

First, preheat your oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, mix the brown sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla until they’re just combined. You don’t want to over mix them, so it’s okay if there are still a few lumps of butter or brown sugar here and there.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Then, mix the dry ingredients into the wet until a thick, brownie-like batter forms. Fold in the chocolate chips until they’re evenly distributed throughout the batter.

Test Kitchen Tip: Did you know there’s a difference between light and brown sugar? Find out what it is here, and decide which one is best for your taste buds.

Step 2: Bake

Grease a 13×9-inch baking pan with either butter or shortening. This is the difference between the two, by the way.

Spread the batter in the pan then pop it into the preheated oven. Bake the bars for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Step 3: Cool and cut

Pull the baked bars out of the oven and allow them to cool completely on a wire rack. Once cool, cut the bars and serve. If you want to add an extra-level of decadence, serve the chocolate chip cookie bars with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of hot fudge for an indulgent sundae.

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Caroline Stanko
Caroline has been with Taste of Home for the past seven years, working in both print and digital. After starting as an intern for the magazine and special interest publication teams, Caroline was hired as the third-ever digital editor for Taste of Home. Since then, she has researched, written and edited content on just about every topic the site covers, including cooking techniques, buzzy food news, gift guides and many, many recipe collections. Caroline also acts as the editorial lead for video, working with the Test Kitchen, videographers and social media team to produce videos from start to finish. When she’s not tip-tapping on a keyboard, Caroline is probably mixing up a killer cocktail, reading a dog-eared library book or cooking up a multi-course feast (sometimes all at once). Though she technically lives in Milwaukee, there is a 50/50 chance Caroline is in Chicago or southwest Michigan visiting her close-knit family.