OH MY STARS! I am so, so, so very happy that I stumbled onto this recipe. Listen to me talking like it’s a new recipe that I just found.
It isn’t. I’ve had it all along!
See, I like chocolate desserts. Well, my husband REALLY likes chocolate desserts. And I bake for a decent sized group of people often – mostly mine or my husband’s co-workers. Occasionally for my MOPS group.
When I cook for a fairly large group, I love using my half-sheet pans. They just produce a lot of desserts with pretty minimal effort. What’s not to love?
I had a Monster Cookie Bar recipe. I had a Salted Nut Roll recipe. A Pumpkin Bar recipe. A Mississippi Mud Brownie recipe. A Sugar Cookie Bar recipe. A Banana Bar recipe. Oh yes, I had all kinds of options.
But I really wanted a chocolate chip cookie bar recipe. Kind of like a Monster Cookie Bar without all the stuff that made it Monster (the peanut butter, the oatmeal, the M&Ms). I had one in a 9×13 size, but that didn’t quite make as many bars as I wanted to. So, one day, I just said “Forget it! I’m going to experiment.”
So I did. I just took my normal made-for-a-9x-13-pan-chocolate-chip-cookie-bar recipe and made 50% more. IT WAS PERFECT!!! I even like it better this way – the bars are thinner, making them easier to hold and easier to eat. They’re just everything that I wanted them to be!
Since then, I’ve made them several times. They’re honestly my new Go To recipe because they’re just so stinking easy and so wonderfully tasting! In fact, I made a batch for the teachers at my son’s school and he came home with an A that day – it wasn’t even report card time! (Kidding, but they did love them!)
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars - For a Crowd!
- 3 3/4 cups flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cup oil
- 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips/chunks
- Preheat oven to 350. In mixer bowl, beat together oil and sugars. Beat in eggs. Add vanilla.
- Gradually beat in flour, baking soda and salt.
- Mix in most of the chocolate chips. Spread into greased half sheet pan
- Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips on top.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until light brown.
Jayme is a wife to 1 and a mother to four little boys. She tries to coupon, builds a smart stockpile, and always meal plans. While she likes to cook, she’s in the stage of life where simple is usually better – she never knows how many hands she’ll have free at dinner time! You can find her on Instagram.