Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Chewy Chocolate Chip Bars

Do you ever get a craving for a sweet and chocolatey tidbit and find yourself pawing through the cupboards for something, ANYTHING to satisfy your craving?

I'm not ashamed to admit that this frequently happens to me. I'm a bit more ashamed to tell you that my younger sister Mel and I once ate a whole whack of semisweet baking chocolate bars when we were kids because we had such a strong chocolate craving. Those things taste terrible!

It's these very cravings that usually lead me to bake something on the fly. Other than brownies, these chocolate chip bars are one of my favourite quick-and-easy recipes to whip up. They are so soft and chewy... it's like eating a square-shaped chocolate chip cookie. But unlike cookies, you just pour all of the batter directly into a greased pan and bake. And even better? Like chocolate chip cookies, these bars don't need much time in the oven before they're ready!

Oh, and if quick and easy isn't enough for you, this recipe is from Julie Van Rosendaal's book, One Smart Cookie. Which means that they're lower in calories and fat than other goodies. Only 155 calories and 4.5 grams of fat per bar, in fact. You could almost call them healthy! :D

So the next time you're faced with a unbeatable craving, prepare a pan of these awesome bars for some serious satisfaction!

Chewy Chocolate Chip Bars

2 tbsps. unsalted butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. In a medium bowl, combine butter, brown sugar and vanilla. Add egg and stir until smooth.
3. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the egg mixture and stir until almost combined. Add chocolate chips and stir until just blended.
4. Spread batter into an 8" x 8" pan that has been sprayed with with non-stick spray. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, until just golden and the edges are starting to pull away from the sides of the pan. Do not overbake - sometimes I only have to keep these in the oven for 17 minutes, so watch yours as each oven heats differently.
5. Cool for a few minutes in the pan before cutting into bars - makes 12 - 16 bars.


Mrs Reed said...

Childs! Was this one of moms recipes? She ised to make something like this & I am going to make it tomorrow!

dlb said...

No, Mrs. Reed, these are from the book One Smart Cookie. I don't remember Mom making them, to be honest. They are easy and not too bad for the old diet!