Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Bars

I am just returning from a sudden out-of-town trip and my house and children are overloaded with needs I must attend to.

So in that vein, let me simply state that if you need a midweek pick-me-up, these quick and delicious treats are for you. I love the ease of bars versus cookies and this chocolate chip variation manages to be chewy, buttery, studded with the perfect amount of chocolate…and utterly fantastic. These have definitely become my go-to chocolate chip blondie bar and I hope you love them as much as we do.

Now wish me luck in getting my life in order.

Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Bars

Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Bars

Yield: Makes a 9X13-inch pan of bars

Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Bars


  • 2 1/8 cups (10 1/2 ounces) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 12 tablespoons butter (1 1/2 sticks), melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 cup (7 ounces) light brown sugar
  • 1/2 (3 1/2 ounces) cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (use your preference of semisweet, bittersweet, milk, white, peanut butter…the options are endless!)


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Adjust the oven rack to lower-middle position. Line a 9X13-inch baking pan with foil, letting the excess hang over the edges of the pan by about 1 inch so you can grab those edges and pull the brownies from the pan after they have baked. Spray the foil-lined pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Mix the flour, salt, and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside. Whisk the melted butter and sugars in a large bowl until combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix well. Using a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture until just combined; do not overmix. Fold in the chocolate chips and turn the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with the spatula.
  3. Bake until the top of the bars is light golden brown, slightly firm to the touch, and edges start pulling away from sides of pan, 24-28 minutes. Cool on a wire rack to room temperature. Remove the bars from the pan by lifting the foil overhang and transfer them to a cutting board. Cut into 2-inch squares and serve.

Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Cook’s Illustrated


159 Responses to Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Bars

  1. Jen says:

    I have a very similar recipe that came off the bag of the choc chips. I love them. Will definitely try out this recipe.

  2. Judy B. says:

    With Valentine’s coming up, one could use a heart shaped cookie cutter on this bar.

    Whatever your troubles are, I’m praying they will be short lived. Keep this in your mind: This To Shall Pass

  3. megan says:

    These look great! But honestly, I really think you need to try the ones from my blog – Bugs Bunny Bars. They beat out any other chocolate chip cookie bar in my mind. :)

  4. cindy says:

    I struggle with blondies–they fall and are gooey in the middle. But I will keep trying, these look great.

  5. Shanna says:

    I just fainted. Cookie bars are my serious weakness!

  6. Cammee says:

    Sometimes I get home from a trip and think, “was that really worth it?”. It’s so much work for the mom!

    I think I’ll hurry and make these up so they are warm when the kiddos get home from school.

  7. Leslie says:

    Ahhh yes…all hell breaks loose when us Moms leave the house. Makes me wonder if they would ever survive without us!!

  8. Amy and David Ziehl says:

    These are totally Delish! I strongly recomend these!!

  9. Erin says:

    I just made these because they looked so good. (For some reason they just called my name and I happened to have everything I needed on hand.) Really easy (didn’t even need to get my mixer out,) and really, REALLY good! Hit the spot on a cold cloudy day! Thanks Melanie!!

  10. Simply Be Photo/Melissa says:

    this is my kind of cookie… EASY! =)

  11. teresa says:

    this looks like the perfect pick-me-up! good luck my friend!

  12. Anonymous says:

    These would make a fun and easy dessert for Valentines day. They would be so yummy cut out into a heart shape. My kids would love a heart shaped chocolate chip cookie with a scoop of ice cream on top! Yep, I just decided these are going on the menu for Valentines day. Now I just have to think of the perfect dinner to serve that day. Thanks for the easy idea.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Ok, right after I hit the “publish your comment” button I saw someone had already suggested that. Oops, I guess I should have read the comments first. Maybe that means it is an extra good idea. :) -Liz K.

  14. Tessa says:

    YUM! I may have to go to the store yet tonight to pick up some chocolate chips. These look perfect! Thanks!

  15. Jones Family says:

    hey girl, I just recently found your blog (actually a friend who lives across country sent me the link to your amaaazing baked past with chicken sausage recipe:) Any ways I’m a recent mother of 4- ages almost 5 to 2 months- and just had to share how your blog-and ultimately YOU inspire me!! Thanks for sharing the goods!!

  16. Stacie says:

    I have been looking for a recipe for cookies bars like this. I can’t wait to try it.

  17. Qait says:

    Thanks for the great recipe! My family loves bar cookies.
    I have a question–how do you do a link for printable versions? My mom does a recipe blog and wants to know how to do that. :) Thank you!
    (You don’t know me, but I’ve been following your blog forever; I hope that’s okay! My sisters kept recommending your recipes!)

  18. Kim says:

    I love, love, love chocolate chip cookie bars. These look delicious.

  19. EBPitcher says:

    I saw this post and since I was in need of making something for a school function, I whipped them up today. I just wasn’t sure when they were done, though. 28 minutes ahd past and they still seemed jiggly in the middle. So I ended up baking them for a total of 38 minutes. They are very good!

  20. Emily says:

    Oh man those look fantastic!!! Good luck with getting back in gear with life, I know how that goes!

  21. Melanie says:

    Erin – I’m glad to have a comment so quickly from someone who has made these! Thanks for letting me know they hit the spot on your cloudy day!

  22. Melanie says:

    EBPitcher – thanks for checking in to let me know that these came out ok. Also, thanks for weighing on the time in case someone else has a question about it (not sure why they took so much longer).

  23. Memória says:

    I’ve made something similar to this, too! I know these bars are really good.

  24. Ann says:

    I made these tonight. Mine did take a little longer to bake, but only about 30 minutes total.

    I used half chocolate chips and half butterscotch chips. Amazing.

    Perfect recipe for tonight. Thanks!

  25. grace says:

    these look very familiar to me, melanie. they also look like they have the perfect texture for a hearty snack. lovely execution, and hey–good luck in getting things back into ship-shape!

  26. SBShell says:

    Made these last night. They are AWESOME. So much easier than making individual cookies (yes I am that lazy LOL!)

    Thanks and awesome blog.

  27. Melanie says:

    Ann – yum, I think the butterscotch chips would be delightful in these!

    SBShell – glad you liked these – thanks for letting me know!

    Jessanna – I had my fourth baby when my oldest was only five, too, so I know how you are probably feeling and I’m glad you commented! Thank you!

  28. Jschmalle says:

    Ooooo, these are in the oven right now! I can’t wait to eat em.

  29. Sweet Baker Babes says:

    Thanks for a fantastic recipe!! I think they tasted better than most regular chocolate chip cookies, and so much easier!! I too just returned from a trip less than a week ago and was feeling so unmotivated, this was the perfect recipe to get me out of my baking funk!

  30. Melanie says:

    Jschmalle – how did they turn out??

    Sweet Baker Babes – so glad you liked these and that they helped with the unmotivation to bake – they certainly help with mine!

  31. Anonymous says:

    I made the bars, and everyone loved them!


  32. Lori says:

    I had to run and make these over the weekend and boy, were they delish! and it was easy! I have seriously lost count of all the recipes I’ve tried from your blog. Sometimes, I consider creating a food blog, but all I would have is a link to your blog! :)

    Thank you!

  33. Melanie says:

    Kara – thanks for letting me know!

    Lori – thank you for your nice comment! I’m so glad that you have enjoyed the recipes…if you ever start a food blog, be sure to let me know…I’ll be a follower for sure!

  34. Marie says:

    Wow, these are AWESOME! I used white wheat flour instead, lowered the sugar by 1/4 cup for each, used 1 cup chocolate chips, and 1/2 cup walnuts and it was still yummy! We loved it; definitely a keeper. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! I can’t wait to try more recipes from your site! It’s my favorite out of all the food blogs I visit.

  35. Melanie says:

    Marie – I'm loving all these recent comments with people using white wheat flour. Yay! Thanks for your comment, it means a lot that you like my blog. Thanks for letting me know!

  36. scrappysue says:

    i made these and took them still warm to our new neighbours! fabby – thanks!

  37. Melanie says:

    scrappysue – so glad these were a perfect hit with the neighbors. Still warm = big yum, in my book!

  38. Danielle says:

    I made these Sunday when we needed a little something sweet. I also used white wheat flour, which I love to use in baking. They were just wonderful. I spent most of Monday “evening-out” the edges.

  39. Danielle says:

    I almost forgot, a little vanilla ice cream and these bars while they are still warm would be absolute heaven!

  40. Mel says:

    Danielle – I’m excited to know the white wheat flour worked so well. I use it a lot, also. And I agree, ice cream on these babies would be heavenly!

  41. Jenny says:

    Fantastic! They’re buttery and a perfect chewy bar!

  42. Mel says:

    Thanks, Jenny!

  43. Nicole says:

    Made these and loved them, thanks! I too struggle with blondies and these were easy peesy! I just did 1 cup of dark choc chips and loved them – though I think my hubby would have liked a few more chips. These are my new go to blondies – been searching for this kind of recipe so feeling very happy you shared it with us!

  44. Carmen says:

    Made these and took them to a gathering. Good thing I took them somewhere because I would’ve ended up eating them all by myself. They were delicious. Thanks for the great recipe.

  45. Mel says:

    Carmen – thanks for letting me know you liked these bars! They are perfect for gatherings/potlucks.

  46. Nan says:

    Thanks for this recipe. I hate making individual cookies. They make you a slave to the oven and timer. Also like this because i always have all the ingredients in house. I buy butter,eggs, brown sugar and chocolate chips in large quantities from Costco or Sam’s .

  47. Lizzy says:

    These are amazing! I made them with M&M’s and I can’t stop making them over and over again! I’ll never bother with regular cookies again. These are so darn easy to whip together! Thanks for the fantastic recipe.

  48. Mel says:

    Lizzy – so glad you liked these, thanks for checking in to let me know!

  49. Diana Shrome says:

    I just cut a batch of these and OH MY are they good..the BEST bars ever..I have tried a LOT of them, including the ones on the bag, and THESE, for some reason, are the best… :o) YUM!

  50. Mel says:

    Diana – so glad you’ve found the best bar recipe! Thanks for letting me know.

  51. Heather says:

    I came across your blog from another yesterday & found this recipe. What a coincidence that I have all the ingredients in my house :) Made them as soon as I got home & they are outstanding!!!!

    Thanks SO much for sharing!!!

  52. Mel says:

    Heather – welcome! And I’m thrilled that your first recipe try was one you loved. Thanks for letting me know!

  53. Bobbi Martiniello says:

    I just got done baking these — my 17 yr. old daughter and 11 year old son both love these! (and I am also enjoying them with a glass of milk!)
    When I tried making these in the past the middles always tasted undercooked….I don’t have that problem with this recipe. Maybe it has something to do with baking them on the lower middle oven rack. Thanks!

  54. Mel says:

    Bobbi – glad your kids loved these bars! Thanks for letting me know.

  55. Sarah B. says:

    Made these last night for a weekly community group we do in our neighborhood. I was told I had to bring these next week, and to please double the batch. So easy to make and turned out exactly as pictured above. Gotta love a recipe like that! Thanks!!

  56. Mel says:

    Sarah – glad these were such a hit…sounds like you’ve made yourself a reputation to always have these in hand!

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  58. Kim says:

    If I were to double the recipe could I just put them on a cookie sheet? (Jelly roll pan?)

  59. Mel says:

    Kim – I’ve never tried that but it should work ok. Just watch the amount of batter in your pan so it doesn’t overflow in the oven. I would probably use a 12X18-inch rimmed baking sheet if you double the recipe.

  60. Birgitta says:

    Just made these tonight! Delicious! I had the same problem with not knowing if they were cooked or not. I think I cooked them for 32 minutes. We cut into them before they had a chance to cool completely and they were a bit gooey. My husband thinks they are perfect that way! I’m anxious to see what they look like cooled. I need try these with a scoop of ice cream!

    BTW, I’m Danielle Peterson’s sister in law. She talks about you every time recipes are mentioned. I have finally browsed your blog myself and I’m hooked! I look forward to trying your recipes! :)

  61. Mel says:

    Thanks, Birgitta – sorry the bars were a little gooey but I’m glad they still won some fans despite that!

  62. Birgitta says:

    Not too gooey! They cooled completely and they are perfectly chewy! Good the next day too! Thanks again for a good recipe. I’m going to try the cookie variety next time!

  63. Jana says:

    So I just made these last night and they were so wonderful! I have never tasted a better cookie bar than these. We have tried the regular cookies before and they were really good but I love these bars even more. This will seriously be my only chocolate chip cookie bar recipe. I think I may reduce the chocolate chips a tad but still so good. I already bookmarked this page for my sister who couldn’t stop raving about these. Thanks again.

  64. Mel says:

    Thanks, Jana! What rave reviews – I’m thrilled these have become your favorite bar cookies!

  65. Jill says:

    Melanie, these are marvelous all the way through the process. The dough is easy to make (and tastes really good too) and the bars come out of the oven exactly like the picture with precisely the taste I was looking for….I may never make regular cookies again. YUM!

  66. Melanie,
    I found your recipe for these delicious bars months ago, but never left a comment (sorry). I had to come back and say that these are the BEST!! I went through a phase of finding the perfect chocolate chip cookie bar, but never had much luck. They either turned out too hard or too gooey in the middle, but yours were perfect.
    These are the bars I always turn to when I need a blondie fix. :) I wanted to tell you that I posted these on my blog (giving credit to you):
    Everyone I have given the recipe to or shared these with have loved them. Thanks for the great recipe.

  67. Heather C says:

    I made these bars yesterday night because I didn’t want to have to scoop and bake dozens of cookies. I needed a tasty thank you gift to give my neighbors for plowing our driveway not once, but twice while our snow thrower has been broken.

    I doubled the recipe, had to substitute margarine for butter (because that’s what I had on hand) and realized that I had just a 1/2 tsp of vanilla. I used equal parts milk and semi-sweet chocolate chips. These bars are perfect. They baked evenly (normally my bars end up like hockey pucks or a gooey undercooked mess… salmonella anyone?)

    We’ve already ate “our” share of the bars. I’ll be delivering the rest to our neighbors today. Hopefully, they’ll enjoy them as much as we have. I plan to make these next week for my daughter’s preschool class using mini M&M’s and chocolate chips.

    I love your recipes. They’re fool-proof and have never let me down. Because of you… people think I can cook :)

  68. Heather C says:

    Oh… one more thing I just remembered. I ran out of all-purpose flour and I substituted 2 cups of Duncan Hines Whole Wheat flour.

  69. Farah says:

    I needed a last minute blondie recipe for something to bring in for a birthday at work today and always use recipes with pictures of the food so I can see how it looks and settled on yours. They are amazing! Very quick and easy to make and taste divine. I used mini M&M’s and chocolate chips adn they came out perfect and gorgeous. Definitely my go-to from now on too. Thank you so much for a great recipe!

  70. Kelly says:

    Just perfect! Proud to serve them to guests tonight along with pork tenderloin recipes from this site. Thanks for all the great recipes.

  71. n82 says:

    Ummm. These were delicious! Thank you once again Mel.

  72. chelsea says:

    mine turned out very dry..maybe i mixed too much?

  73. Mel says:

    Chelsea – perhaps or depending on how you measure flour, the dough might have been overfloured. Sorry they didn’t work out for you!

  74. Nicole says:

    Just Heavenly really! My entire family loved these! My husband was mad at me when he came home and there weren’t any left…I’m like- next time you’ll remember to hide some away! I love the easy cleanup too with the tinfoil.
    Guess I’m going to have to make another batch!

  75. Jill says:

    I just made these and put them in the oven right before putting my little one down for a nap. When he was asleep, the cookies were done, and a square of these made the perfect afternoon snack, I can’t wait to share them! I used half all-purpose flour and half white wheat flour, and added some pecans, and am very satisfied with the result.

    BTW, love this whole blog! I’m a friend of your sister Emily, and have been visiting for quite a while, but just subscribed the other day. I realized I needed regular updates after spending a few minutes for 3 days straight oogling over all the delicious options :) I’m glad I finally picked one, and I’ll be back for dinner ideas next week too!

  76. Micah says:

    I found your blog a couple of weeks ago, and this is the first recipe that I’ve made. They smelled absolutely divine in the oven, so much so that my 3 year old came down from his nap sniffing, saying “Smells good mom!” :) As far as taste, they are delicious! I wasn’t sure how they would taste as the dough was much thicker than I thought it would be, but they are great! Looking forward to trying more recipes!

  77. Larissa says:

    Hey Mel, I just stumbled upon your blog today and I am loving ALL of your recipes! Your photography is great too!! I am making this recipe as I type and the apple streusel cheesecake bars tomorrow after i run to the store!! Keep up the great cooking/baking!!

  78. Jenna says:

    I made these the other day as a practice run for a family gathering. They are perfect! They were just right at 27 minutes. They freeze well, and are very good with vanilla ice cream. This recipe is going in my “favorites” file!

  79. Alison Wonderland says:

    The Toll House recipe has nothing on these babies! I loved how quickly these came together-my six year old did most of the work! My new go-to for a last minute neighbor treat!

  80. Stacie says:

    I may or may not have made these babies twice in four days this past week. . . worst part is my husband and I downed each pan by ourselves! :)

  81. Maureen says:

    Yummy!! So chewey, we couldn’t stay away from them either. I tried butter scotch chips and a few chocolate, it was a good combo. Love all your recipes.

  82. Laura says:

    Do you know of a peanut butter variation? Not with peanut butter chips, but with peanut butter in the batter?

  83. Jenna says:

    My goodness, Mel. You have never let me down! These are wonderful and I even had my 7 year old help me make them. Chewy and the perfect texture. Serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you’ve got a delicious pizookie!

  84. Mel says:

    Hi Laura – I don’t know of a peanut butter variation. Sorry!

  85. Suzanne says:

    I am completely addicted to your site. It is always one of 3 sites that I go to first when I need a new recipe. I just made these today and brought them to a friend’s baby shower. I’ve never really had good luck with blondies in the past. The middle always sinks like crazy and is gooey while the outside is way overcooked. These turned out flawlessly. Yipee! Your recipes never disappoint. Thanks for another great one!

  86. Johanna says:

    Just popped these in the oven with white chocolate chips and peanut butter chips… I’m sure the end product will be amazing cause the batter sure was!!! Second time in a week for these babies!!!

  87. Nicole says:

    Second time in a week for us too :) First time with all milk chocolate, second time with white chocolate chips. LOVE these! :)

  88. Christy says:

    Just pulled out my first tray from the oven and I can tell that I will be making these again and again. Such an easy easy recipe and it smells great! I’ve used a mix of peanut M&M’s and milk choc chips. Can’t wait to try them :D

  89. I made these today and they are the bomb! I will definitely be making them again.

  90. Jenna says:

    I’m not really into baking, but I felt the need to make something the other night so I tried out this recipe and they’re GREAT! I made a pan and brought them to work and everyone was raving how awesome they were, so needless to say I’m sharing the recipe with a bunch of people! Thanks for making a super easy recipe that is a total people pleaser.

  91. amy says:

    Since discovering this recipe, I have made these several times substituting whole wheat pastry flour and they are delicious!

  92. Julie says:

    Y-U-M! …….and I quote my husband after having a bar, “You finally got it right!” I can’t get over the crispy layer on top! Just YUM!

  93. Jennifer says:

    I have to say these are the best Chocolate Chip Bars that I have found and I have tried litterally about 50 different recipes and techniques. Thank You Mel Great Job!

  94. Dena says:

    Just made these last night. So easy! I only had 1 cup of chocolate chips, so I added 1 cup of butterscotch chips. Oh. My. Goodness! So good – especially while still a bit warm. Thanks Mel!

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  96. Leah T says:

    I absolutely love this recipe! Turns out perfectly every time. I love a good chocolate chip cookie, but don’t make them as often because of the time it takes. My little boys tell me I’m the best maker in the world when I make these :) Thanks!

  97. Michelle says:

    We made this yesterday for the first time. They are fantastic! Of course, with enough butter, sugar, & chocolate, anything would be ;)

    My 2 boys (5 and 7) made these completely by themselves. I supervised, and took them out of the oven, but that was it! They enjoyed it so much!

  98. megan says:

    Made these today. They were SUPER easy, ended up cooking longer than suggested, but my oven was running cooler I think. Despite the messed up oven, these were FANTASTIC! Thanks for sharing, a new favorite!

  99. Lisa says:

    These are the only blondies that have ever come out incredible for me. Thank you!

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