It's a lovely summer day here in Delaware. I have the day off work, so I've spent some time organizing my bills and other papers this morning. Then I made some of the most delicious, gooey cookie bars of all time.
I have plans tonight with the love of my life, my best friend and bridesmaid Sarah, her husband Steve and their darling daughter Summer. Last year, we all went to the beach loaded up with beach chairs and sparklers. It was a perfect night with the sun setting over the water and fireworks lighting up the sky. I can't wait to go again this year.
We are leaving in a few hours, but I wanted to share the snack I'm bringing along tonight to share with everyone.
These cookie bars are loaded with chunks of chocolate. They are practically falling apart... so ooey gooey and buttery.
You could use chocolate chips of course, but I love the rough chunks in here. It adds a nice texture.
I put 2 1/2 cups in the recipe... but really I wanted to say - big giant pile of chocolate goodness.
Enjoy these delicious little squares of love with a big glass of milk - you're going to need it.
Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars
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2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
8 tablespoons (one stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups roughly chopped semi-sweet chocolate
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray or grease a 13x9 baking dish and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the softened butter and sugars together until combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix on low, until just combined. Stir in chocolate chunks.
Pour cookie dough into prepared pan and spread out evenly. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, or until the top of the bars are just turning golden brown. Cool bars in pan, then cut and serve.
Serves: about 16 cookie bars
Recipe adapted from: Two Peas and Their Pod.