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Chocolate Chip Bars

People are always surprised when I tell them these chocolate chip bars come from the microwave. Chockfull of chocolate chips, the bars are especially good served with a big glass of cold milk. —Shirley A. Glaab, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 1-1/2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  • In a bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Add egg, milk and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture. Stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips and walnuts. Spread into a greased 8-in. square microwave-safe dish. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 3-1/2 minutes or until bars test done, rotating a quarter turn every minute. Cool before cutting.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 182 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 88mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • stone481064
    May 7, 2014

    These had a good taste. I will make them again. I did have to adjust the cooking time due to the difference in my microwave. This led me to end up overcooking them. They were a little hard, but still edible. I felt like they were not done because they were not "springy" to the touch. I didn't realize that was how they cooked in the microwave. I wish this would have been discussed in the recipe, however none of this will stop me from trying it again though.

  • snwilliamson
    Oct 8, 2012

    This was easy to make and I had all the ingredients on-hand. The hardest part was waiting until it was cool before cutting! They tasted delicious - not like baked chocolate chip bars, of course, but I wasn't expecting them to taste like something they were not.