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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

My chocolate chip cookie bars are often requested at church dinners. They're tasty and easy to serve. —Barbara Witte, Irving, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    5 dozen


  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in eggs, vanilla and water. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts.
  • Press into two greased 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Bake until golden brown, 18-20 minutes. Cool in pans on wire racks. Cut into bars.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar Tips

What are bar cookies?

Cookie bars are exactly like regular ol' cookies—just in bar form. To make them, all you need to do is press the batter into a baking pan and cook them in the oven. When it's time to dig in, try cutting your cookie bars one of these three ways.

How do you know when cookie bars are done?

You can check the doneness by doing the toothpick test (just like you do for testing the doneness of cake). If you want your cookie bars soft and gooey, a few crumbs are fine. But, if you want them completely done, bake until the toothpick comes out clean.

Why are my cookie bars dry?

If your cookie bars turned out dry, don't fret—it's one of the most common baking mistakes. To prevent dry cookie bars, we recommend checking on them about 5 minutes before the recommended baking time just to be safe. Make sure you're using the right pan size, too. Using too large of a baking pan can create a thin, dry batter.

What is an example of a bar cookie?

We have plenty more cookie bar recipes to choose from. Try something new by whipping up these Butterfinger Cookie Bars or these Cinnamon Pecan Bars.

Research contributed by Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor, and Lisa Kaminski, Taste of Home Associate Digital Editor
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 224 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 133mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • dkc63
    Aug 15, 2015

    This recipe has too much brown sugar. It should be split with white sugar. Toll house recipe is much better.

  • lorstout
    Aug 12, 2014

    This is basically a double recipe of Toll House cookies, but a great idea to feed a large group.

  • ajvitale22
    Feb 21, 2011

    Great recipe. It's quick and easy, although next time I will be cutting the recipe in half. It made about 3 pans worth for me and I took one to work, one to my boyfriends house, and then kept one in the fridge for a week and pulled it out for a girls night. The best part is that the one I kept in the fridge was still soft and yummy even after 7 days...

  • maria_568
    Jul 24, 2009

    Yummy! I used this recipe to bake bar cookies as part of a dessert buffet for a large group of individuals. These particular cookies were gone in a matter of minutes.

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