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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars. Classic buttery chocolate chip cookies in a bar. A favorite cookie bar recipe!

If you think chocolate chip cookies should be a food group, then you are going to go crazy over these chocolate chip cookie bars. It’s basically  classic, buttery chocolate chip cookie dough baked in a large pan and cut into squares. It’s a chocolate chip cookie shaped like a brownie! Be still my heart. These cookie bars are literally gone within minutes in our home.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars. Classic buttery chocolate chip cookies in a bar. A favorite cookie bar recipe!

These Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are made like traditional chocolate chip cookie dough by creaming the butter and sugars for at least 4 minutes. This recipe calls for a good amount of sugar which gives it that ooey gooey texture that melts in your mouth. A hefty dose of vanilla is added for the depth of flavor and semi-sweet chocolate proves to be the best balance for the brown sugar dough.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars. Classic buttery chocolate chip cookies in a bar. A favorite cookie bar recipe!

This recipe can be made in a 8 x 8 square pan or doubled and baked in a 9 x 13 pan.  The 9 x 13 pan of cookie bars will need to bake a few minutes longer so watch carefully. Let the bars cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting into squares, to allow time to set up.

TIP: I suggest using an aluminum pan. This recipe does NOT work as well in a glass pan. 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars. Classic buttery chocolate chip cookies in a bar. A favorite cookie bar recipe!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

By: Melissa Stadler, Modern Honey
Classic buttery chocolate chip cookies in a bar. So easy to make!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8


  • For 8 x 8 pan:
  • 1/2 cup Butter softened
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
  • For 9 x 13 pan:
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 cups Semisweet Chocolate Chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cream butter, brown sugar, and sugar for 4 minutes, until light and fluffy. Stir in egg(s) and vanilla and mix well.
  • Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir until incorporated.
  • Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 20-28 minutes, or until light golden brown.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes before cutting into squares.


*** I suggest using an aluminum pan. This recipe DOES NOT work as well in a glass pan.  

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Servings: 8
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  1. 2 stars
    I really wanted to like the gooey-ness of these bars, but they did not bake correctly. I cooked them in a 13 x 9 aluminum pan and followed all the directions precisely with no modifications. They baked into a crisp outer shell with a middle that never set. I even lightly covered them with foil and baked for a total of 45 minutes and then let them rest in the oven as it cooled – they were just a raw, gooey mess in the center. I’m a seasoned caterer and baker who does dozens of cookies and cakes each month – the oven is also calibrated correctly (I have a back-up thermometer installed to verify temps.). I noticed several others who used the larger pan comment about similar outcomes, so perhaps the issue comes from doubling the recipe.

    1. 5 stars
      It’s a bit tricky to find the perfect middle ground between too gooey and overcooked when I make (and double) these. It works when I bake them at 325, and check them after about 30 mins. Make sure they are not liquid in the center, not solid, but if it still looks a tiny bit gooey, that’s what I look for. Usually they need another 5 or 10 mins. They will remain goo until they are cooled off. That’s when the texture is really amazing, but I don’t mind eating them with a spoon while they are piping hot haha. It sounds like maybe yours needed another 5-10 mins.

  2. 5 stars
    I’m that person who craves marble cookie brownies from Dominos but is unwilling to shell out for them, so this recipe is GREAT. Just put one in my mouth. Delicious. Cooked in 20 minutes in my oven somehow (?) Used half all-purpose and half whole-wheat flour and it still tastes fantastic (albeit appears slightly browner than if I used white.)

  3. 5 stars
    So simple yet so darn good! . Thank you i found my new recipe when the kids want cookies its these now, and they love them.

  4. 5 stars
    Oh my these are delicious! I just made a pan for my hubby for Valentine’s day, and the only difference I made was to add ganache to the top along with some heart confetti. I followed the recipe for the 9×13 foil pan exactly, and I spread the mixture over a piece of parchment to make removal and cutting into bars easier. These are goey, moist, chewy, chocolatey and decadent. Will definitely be making these again and again! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    These are AMAZING!! I’ve made them a few times to take to parties and everyone loves them! They are really great with ice cream on top too!!

  6. Hi! I have a question about baking times. In your write-up it says that the 9×13 pan will need to bake longer. But in your response to someone (dated 10/17/17), you say to reduce the baking time for a 9×13 batch because the cookies will be thinner. Which is it? Longer or shorter baking time? Sorry, I’m confused and want to make sure these turn out right. Thanks!

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  8. 5 stars
    This is by far the most delicious treat I’ve made in some time. So highly recommend! Everyone loved them. I made the smaller batch just in case will be making more tomorrow. I made mine in a glass dish and sprayed alittle Pam worked just great.