Wednesday, February 27, 2008

yummy chocolate chip bars

I can tell that I'm feeling better these days, since I'm starting to bake again! One of our new favorites are these yummy chocolate chip cookie bars that I found in my King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion Cookbook.

They are delightfully thick, chewy and scrumptious!! As a bonus, the recipe calls for melted butter! That means DH can say "I would love some cookies" and I can have them in the oven in 15 minutes since I don't have to wait for the butter to soften.

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 1/4 cups brown sugar
3 large eggs
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional. I don't like nuts in my chocolate chip cookies, so I leave them out.)

1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 9x13 pan
2. In a large bowl, combine melted butter and brown sugar, stirring until smooth. Allow the mixture to cool slightly.
3. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
4. Add the eggs, one at a time, to the sugar mixture, beating well after each addition. Stir in the flour mixture, then the chocolate chips and nuts. Spread the batter in prepared pan.
5. Bake the bars for 30 - 35 minutes, until top is shiny and golden. Don't overbake, or the bars will be dry.
6. Remove bars from oven and cool to room temperature before cutting.


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