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Chocolate Chunk Bars




These gems were supposed to with us on our long trek up to Green Bay, Wisconsin…and beyond.  You will not be surprised that hubby asked for chocolate chip cookies for our road trip…and besides brownies, I think this cookie has made the most appearances on my blog.  Thank goodness I had spotted one more option from Cook’s Illustrated, but for a chocolate chip cookie bar instead of cookies.

Instead of using 2 cups of a variety of chocolate chip flavors as called for in the original recipe, I turned these into chocolate chunk bars.  That way I could sneak my some of my favorite white chocolate into the mix.  I’ve always like my chocolate chip bars slightly underdone...maybe my it’s due to my love of cookie dough, but they’re just moister, chewier when not cooked the full 28 minutes. Unfortunately, these were left behind in the fridge along with the Triple Chocolate Brownie Cookies I also baked.  But, no worries, they were gobbled up upon our return~

Chocolate Chunk Bars…adapted from Cook’s Illustrated
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups chocolate chunks (I chopped a 4-ounce Ghirardelli white chocolate bar, a milk chocolate bar, and a semi-sweet chocolate bar)
Preheat oven to 325º.  Line a 9 x 13 pan with non-stick foil or regular foil sprayed with cooking spray.
Whisk together the melted butter and sugar.  Add egg, egg yolk and vanilla and mix well.  Fold in the dry ingredients with spatula or wooden spoon being careful not to over mix.  Fold in chocolate chunks.
Spread dough evenly into pan.  Bake 24-28 minutes, till golden brown.  Cool in pan, then using foil to remove bars from pan, and cut to serve.


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36 comments on “Chocolate Chunk Bars”

  1. Ok this is not good for me you just made me forget my diet who can resist these? Omg I want one salivating over here!

  2. Oh my! I just may need to make these today to take to friends at the beach tomorrow:)!

  3. I love chocolate, the cookie bars make me so hungry! How can you be so skinny making such great food! Maybe you need some Italian food:) I’m following you from Rome!

  4. More chocolate yummies. These look really delcicious. Yummy!

  5. I hope you enjoyed your trip! I am so with you on slightly underdone chocolate chip bars. The moister and chewier the better IMO!

  6. Three different kinds of chocolate chunks-yum! These bars do look real moist and I would love to have one with coffee now. Thanks for this delicious recipe-bookmarked.

  7. These look great Lizzy!

  8. I love your combo of chocolate! I sometimes like to make cookie bars rather than cookies. Mostly it’s because I get lazy but a change is nice every now and then! These look awesome!

  9. I have to agree with you that these cookie bars are for sure “gem” – great outcome Lizzy.

  10. Lizzy these chunk bars are amazing, I hope to make for kids soon! They love bars! gloria

  11. Hmmm – I think you have a very happy hubby by the sounds of things – baking him his favorite chocolate goodies. Have a nice day.

  12. This looks amazing! When it comes to chocolate, I will try anything! It sounds really easy!

  13. I love bars…and they’re more like blondies if you slightly underbake! Love these…

  14. Love these bars. To be honest, I eat less if the treats are in bar form. More substantial that you don’t feel you need to get seconds (or thirds!)

  15. I was convinced I’d be baking up a batch of chocolate chip cookies tonight but these chocolate chunk bars are really convincing me to re-think. They look unbelievably indulgent plus they’re quicker to make (no spoon-dropping of cookie dough). I think the bars win.

  16. what a handy recipe! thanks for sharing!

  17. I like the ease of sliceability (is that a word?) of square pan recipes. So much easier than round double layer cake slicing! These look delish.

  18. These look so good! A perfect Lunch box dessert!

  19. These look so good, Lizzy. I love the idea of making a bar cookie. I must admit that I get lazy sometimes about baking off cookies. Bar cookies are done in a snap which is ideal.

  20. My kinda cookie bar right here. You had me at the white chocolate – my favorite!!

  21. I always love a bar cookie because they’re so easy. I’m like you, I prefer them moist and chewy. Thanks!

  22. Well, its poopy they got forgotten in the fridge and I’m sure there were some pretty loud grumbles when that discovery was made but at least you had some super yummy treats waiting for you when you got home! Nice move with the ‘chunk.’ Loving some white chocolate 🙂

  23. I can imagine the howls of disappointment in the car on discovering these yummies had been left behind! Agreed that brownies and bars are so much better when the are chewier…

  24. Ohhh – what am I going to do about my diet!! These look too good :))

  25. Hi Lizzy! I haven’t been on your blog for a while and first post is this yummy chocolate chunk bars. How much I missed reading your post!! Looks delicious… I’ve been try to lose weight but I’d just eat one or two of these and make it as exception (which is why I don’t lose weight). =P

  26. Chunky Chocolate is one of my favorite phrases 🙂 These look fantastic!

  27. A very yummy treat, terrific with white chocolate!

  28. These bars look great. The recipe is very similar to my favorite chocolate chip blondie recipe. Delicious!

  29. Oh my these bars look sooo good. I love that you added white chocolate to the bars (it’s my favorite too!).

  30. These look so good! I love bar cookies and the white chocolate give it that special something!

  31. These chocolate chunk bars are so rich, and addictive, love the recipe…gotta try this!
    Almost like a brownie with three kinds of chocolate addition…yumm!!!

  32. I love cookie bars! and I’m totally with you..a little underdone is the BEST!

  33. Oh these look and sounds divine!

  34. These would be so cute for a casual birthday party with candles stuck in each of the squares! They look so yummy!

  35. I prefer cookies in bar form too. They’re so much chewier and gooey-er and altogether yummier.

  36. Thank you so much for sharing this at Recipe Sharing Monday. I hope to see you back tomorrow 🙂

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