Monday, May 23, 2016

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars



 I'm still on a strawberry kick, but just with dishes!  I love using these Pier 1 strawberry plates in the warm months.  The pitcher is from Sur La Table, years ago.


 This pretty teacup is one from my friend Rosie's Mom's collection.  It's called , appropriately, Strawberry, by Royal Grafton.  It looks like a Royal Albert, doesn't it?  It has such a vintage look to it that I just love!

Before we get to the recipe, I wanted to share a picture of two little flowers that were spotted at the Dallas Arboretum!  They are cousins and two of my granddaughters.  My youngest son and DIL invited me to brunch overlooking White Rock Lake, at the arboretum.  What a fun day! 


Oh my, these chocolate chip cookie bars, recipe from King Arthur Flour are so chewy, moist and downright delectable!  Don't you just love making bars instead of cookies?  They're so much easier! I had several opened bags of chocolate chips and butterscotch chips in my pantry (how'd that happen??), and used them all up.

Here's the recipe, if you'd like to give them a try:

  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon butterscotch flavor or vanilla-butternut flavor, optional (I skipped this)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder, optional (this adds a nice subtle flavor)
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 3 cups chocolate chips; or a combination of different flavored chips, or chips and nuts
  • *Use 1 teaspoon salt if you use unsalted butter.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan. (Since I used a glass dish, I turned the oven to 325 degrees.  
  2. Melt the butter, and stir in the brown sugar. Add the salt, vanilla, and flavor, stirring until well combined.
  3. Allow the mixture to cool slightly (if it's very hot to the touch), then add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl midway through this process.
  4. Add the baking powder, espresso powder, and flour, stirring to combine.
  5. Stir in the chips or other additions of your choice.
  6. Scoop the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it to the edges with a wet spatula (or your wet fingers). Smooth the top as best you can.
  7. Bake the bars for 30 to 32 minutes, until they've risen, and their top is shiny and golden. Bake for the shorter amount of time in a darker pan; the longer time in a light/shiny pan. A cake tester inserted into the center won't come out clean; in fact, the center of the very middle of the pan may look quite molten when you dig into it. But so long as no wet batter is showing farther out towards the edges, the bars are done. As they cool, the center will solidify.
  8. Remove the bars from the oven, and use a heatproof spatula to press down the risen edges; this will make bars with flat, rather than humped tops. Let the bars cool completely before cutting; overnight is best. Once bars are cool, wrap airtight. Store wrapped bars at room temperature for a couple of days.  I ended up freezing the extra bars.  When I want one, I thaw in the microwave and then heat for a few seconds....sooo good!
  9. Yield: 2 dozen nice size bars.  
I am sharing this with these lovely parties:




 

57 comments:

  1. Wow oh Wow!! LOVE that strawberry pitcher and plate. They are so very cool. The tea cup is pretty as well. Yes it does look like a Royal Albert. Another scrumptious recipe, Kitty; oooooh my waistline!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I'm growing to like bar cookies more an more Kitty, these chocolate chip ones sound great:@)

    ReplyDelete
  3. You have the cutest strawberry-themed dishes, Kitty! Your chocolate chip cookie bars are perfect for tea parties since you can cut them to "bite-sized" proportions.

    I'm also admiring your Adirondack chairs in the background. One of the local stores is selling resin Adirondack chairs in my favourite colour (PURPLE!!!) and I can't stop thinking about them!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hello Kitty, you have the prettiest strawberry pitcher and tea cup! So cute and pretty for summertime. You granddaughters are so adorable. I will have to try making these cookie bars for my next gathering or party. Hope you have a wonderful week. :)
    Julie xo

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love everything about this, Kitty. The Dallas Arboretum is the crown jewel of Dallas in my opinion. The chocolate chip bars and tea cup are beautiful but those kiddos are stealing the show. ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for joining Thoughts of Home, sweet Kitty.

      Delete
  6. Those two little cuties are precious and so pretty.
    ummm on the bars...they look so delicious.
    My daddy and uncles used to take me to White Rock Lake so so often...I have such fond memories of the time there with those I loved. I must go thru my photo albums for pictures of there....no Arboretum back in the 40's...just that beautiful lake.....and the story of the Lady....boooo

    ReplyDelete
  7. Wow those are the best kind of flowers! What a couple of cuties! The arboretum is my kind of place to visit! That recipe looks delicious. I havne't made bars in years.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Oh Kitty your Grandbabies are so adorable! I know you had a marvelous time brunch-ing at The Arboretum! I have to say I'm loving your strawberry kick and when you throw in the chocolate chip bars you've got a real winner!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Yummy chocolate cookie bars! Oh my. They look so pretty served with your strawberry dishes. Love your smiling grands-so precious. I love the arboretum in Dallas-such a beautiful place.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hi Kitty, what a wonderful setting with the strawberry themed pretties and your darling grand daughters. They are so cute and they capture the heart with their sweet smiles. What a nice time you must have enjoyed at the arboretum in Dallas. Thank you for sharing the bar recipe. Oh they look so good.
    Have a great week sweet friend. Love and blessings!! xo

    ReplyDelete
  11. I love those strawberry plates! The teacup is lovely! Your granddaughters are so cute!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I love those strawberry plates! The teacup is lovely! Your granddaughters are so cute!

    ReplyDelete
  13. What a cute setting, Kitty. I love your striped runner trimmed with lace; very pretty! I'm guessing you made that, didn't you? Your strawberry theme is so perfect for this time of year and oh my goodness, those bars! Yum, yum! Your little ones sure are cuties! Thanks for sharing your lovely post and have a wonderful week, my friend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

    ReplyDelete
  14. Yummy! Our youngest son is flying in tonight for business (his company's headquarters are close by -- yay!), and he would love these! I also have opened bags of chocolate and butterscotch chips, haha!
    Love those little cutie-pies! How nice you got to spend time with them.
    Your backyard teas always look so restful and pretty. I love the strawberry theme. And yes, I thought that teacup was a Royal Albert when I saw the handle.
    Blessings to you, my friend, and thank you for sharing the recipe. xo Deborah

    ReplyDelete
  15. Kitty, your little flowers are adorable. Love visiting and lunching at the Dallas Arboretum. Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Those really are two sweet little flowers on the bench Kitty. I have been making pizza pan chocolate chip cookies for years and have lately been making them on a huge cooking sheet so they can be cut into squares. My biggest problem is I love the well done edges and tend to eat lots of them while cutting up the squares. :-)
    I'd keep using the strawberry china for tea, it's so pretty.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Dear Kitty, your little tea party is adorable. I never tire of strawberries and who could ask for more with espresso and chocolate chips?? Not me!

    Thank you so much for your encouraging words on C.R. I am feeling better and itching to get back to my homemaking blog. I hope you will join me when you have a spare moment!

    http://www.thegentleartofhomemaking.com

    ReplyDelete
  18. Kitty, your table runner and strawberry dishes are so pretty for this time of year. The chocolate chip bars sound delicious, and you're right - bars are so much easier than cookies. I think they stay moister, too.

    ReplyDelete
  19. What a beautiful and yummy post! Love the strawberry dishes - so quaint, and the beautiful strawberry teacup! And the lovely pictures of your granddaughters is precious! I love chocolate chip cookie bars and have a recipe I've used often, but I'm writing yours down to give it a try, it looks very moist! Have a wonderful day :)

    ReplyDelete
  20. Kitty, I love the strawberry theme. The pitcher is great to hold flowers and looks so pretty with the cup and saucer. I see you have two adorable little ones to keep you busy and your lunch with family had to be so sweet. Thanks for sharing your cuties and your pretty tea. Oh, had to mention how much I love the lovely table runners.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Your granddaughters are adorable! What a beautiful setting to spend the day as a family.
    The strawberry themed table complete with the wonderful runner makes me so excited for summer to begin. Can't wait to try this bar recipe. I'm never happy with my cookie baking skills so this is a delicious alternative. These bars will be a big hit over the summer.
    Have a wonderful week!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Hi Kitty: Love that pitcher. I have never seen one like it. Your oldest granddaughter looks like you. Both girls are so beautiful. You are a blessed lady. Hugs, Martha

    ReplyDelete
  23. Dear Kitty:
    What sweethearts. I know you love them dearly. I think your bars look wonderful and would be quickly be gone if we could just get our hands on one! Thanks for sharing and linking.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Your tea time is absolutely summery, Kitty.

    Love that tea cup - and your sweet strawberry plate is perfect too!

    ReplyDelete
  25. I used to love going to the Arboretum when I was a child. I think I need to make a visit.

    Your grands are adorable and those cookies look delicious.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Love your strawberry themed table, Kitty! So bright and cheerful. And how adorable are those sweet little girls? Those cookie bars look positively scrumptious. Sending hugs xo Karen

    ReplyDelete
  27. What precious little girls, Kitty & what a nice adventure you shared with them!!
    Thanks, too, for sharing that bar recipe. I often bring cookies to my quilt guild meetings & this recipe will come in handy...can't wait to try making them.

    Love the pretty ruffles on the runner...very feminine!!! Of course, the teapot & strawberry teacup/saucer are making my ♥ beat faster!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Kitty, I adore your two little flowers! Your bars look and sound oh so tempting! I agree, bars beat cookies hands down and I have some open baking chips in my pantry too :) Love your pretty strawberry teacup, pitcher and plates!

    ReplyDelete
  29. Those bars look SOOOOO yummy!! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Love your strawberry things as well - so bright and cheery!

    ReplyDelete
  30. A delightful post Kitty. I have been wanting a strawberry teacup and have been looking at them. I have one in my cart on Etsy like your's..considering it. The plates are so cute.
    Linda

    ReplyDelete
  31. You sweet little flowers are so cute! The strawberry teacup and accessories are so sweet and would make anyone happy. Yes, making bars is so much easier and these look wonderful. I love King Author....xo

    ReplyDelete
  32. As always...I love all your pretty photos...the teacup, the darling girls, the inviting cookie bars. Thanks for sharing. Hope you're having a great week. XO

    ReplyDelete
  33. Oh the Dallas Arboretum, my heart and soul love that spot of heaven along White Rock Lake!
    What a joy for you to join your family for lunch there and just look at your two cuties!
    Love a good bar over a cookie any day. My Mom made the best chocolate chip bars too and your recipe sounds very similiar!
    Happy Tuesday!
    xo
    Jemma

    ReplyDelete
  34. Those chocolate chips bars look divine! There is a lovely arboretum in MN. Your grands are darling!
    warmly,
    deb

    ReplyDelete
  35. Oh you're killing me Kitty, I was just wishing for a cookie and now to see those thick chocolate cookie bars, I'm drooling!! Adorable little girls!
    Jenna

    ReplyDelete
  36. Three wonderful treasures- your grandchildren, chocolate chip cookie bars , and the Dallas arboretum!
    Enjoyed visiting Kitty!

    ReplyDelete
  37. Kitty, I love your strawberry dishes as well. I love these bars and have made them before. Your grands are so cute!! Thanks for sharing with the Garden Party sweet friend!
    hugs,
    Jann

    ReplyDelete
  38. I love that strawberry plate and teacup so wonderful. And yes there are times where I dont want to stand and make cookie so bars sound wonderful. This ones going in my book. Happy Wednesday with love Janice

    ReplyDelete
  39. So happy you joined us at TOHOT Kitty, I love the recipes and table settings you share with us:)
    Have a safe and Happy Memorial Day weekend!
    xo
    Jemma

    ReplyDelete
  40. Oh the cookies look so good but those grandgirls are adorable! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

    ReplyDelete
  41. Kitty, I forgot to include the web address for my homemaking blog. (please feel free not to post this comment)

    http://www.thegentleartofhomemaking.com

    ReplyDelete
  42. What precious littles! Thank you for being a lovely flower that joined our garden party.

    ReplyDelete
  43. Hi Kitty! I do love the ease of bars and these look so yummy. I like chewy and moist! Your little "flowers" are so pretty and sweet! You must have enjoyed your special outing with them. Have a wonderful weekend. Linda

    ReplyDelete
  44. Kitty, I forgot to mention that I thought of you last week when I was at a favorite cafe (far away from my home) and I had tomato pie. That's the only place I ever knew to get it, and then I saw a recipe on your blog and I've been making it ever since! Linda

    ReplyDelete
  45. Sweet flowers sitting on a garden bench. It looks like a lovely day in more ways than one. Love the strawberry cup. I have not seen one that before. Yes, this Royal Grafton cup reminds me of Royal Albert. I have not made bars in a long time.

    ReplyDelete
  46. Sweet flowers sitting on a garden bench. It looks like a lovely day in more ways than one. Love the strawberry cup. I have not seen one that before. Yes, this Royal Grafton cup reminds me of Royal Albert. I have not made bars in a long time.

    ReplyDelete
  47. What a sweet post, Kitty! Your tea time with your lovely strawberry cup so perfect for late spring! Thanks for sharing your recipe for the bars! Have a wonderful Memorial holiday!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

    ReplyDelete
  48. What a sweet post, Kitty! Your tea time with your lovely strawberry cup so perfect for late spring! Thanks for sharing your recipe for the bars! Have a wonderful Memorial holiday!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

    ReplyDelete
  49. Adorable granddaughters, pretty dishes and lovely cookies. Heaven.
    Amalia
    xo

    ReplyDelete
  50. Hi Kitty,
    Your Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars look delicious, and a perfect treat for these holidays. I am hoping we have just one day this weekend with sunshine, we are floating out here. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

    ReplyDelete
  51. Nice post :)

    http://trapeziovermelho.blogspot.pt

    ReplyDelete
  52. Hello, my dear and sweet friend! How are you, Kitty? Oh, how I have missed you!

    I must say that it was an absolute joy to spend a few quiet moments on your blog this afternoon...I so enjoyed all of the recipes you've shared :)

    May you enjoy the long weekend, dear one. Know that you are in my thoughts! Love you!

    ReplyDelete
  53. Chocolate chip bars are a favorite. You are so right, they are easy to make. Love your sweet setting Kitty. Thank you for sharing these sweet setting and dessert at DI&DI. xo

    ReplyDelete
  54. Hi again Kitty,
    Well of course you have a strawberry plate to match your strawberry teacup! LOL! Looks like you had some special time with your beautiful granddaughters! Sweetest flowers in the arboretum too! I love chocolate chip bars with coffee!!! Your bars look so yummy!
    xo
    Linda

    ReplyDelete
  55. I just drooled! YUMMY! I could probably eat the whole pan! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Recipe and Crafts Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    ReplyDelete
  56. Love that beautiful strawberry teacup! All my teacups are of the floral variety. What a fun change of pace that strawberry cup is.

    Your granddaughters are adorable. How lovely that you were able to enjoy brunch with them.

    Yes, bars are so much easier than cookies. I choose them any day. And those chocolate chip bars definitely look yummy. I need to pick me up some chocolate chips when I go to the store today...you've got me in the mood to bake.

    After a long blog break (with the exception of a couple quick posts on my classic film blog), I've decided to rejoin the blogging world. I welcome you for a visit, if you have the time.

    Blessings,
    Patti

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...