Saturday, February 1, 2014

Valentines Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Valentines day goodies are so much fun to make. I love the pinks and reds that you can incorporate into your food, whether it be in the form of food coloring or replacing chocolate chips with colored candy. It just makes whatever you're cooking up seem a little more special than normal.

I love taking recipe requests, and one of the items I've been asked for recently was a cookie bar. I have a couple posted on the blog already (Double Chocolate Cookie Bars and Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookie Bars) but I think this is actually my very favorite cookie bar recipe. Give it a try - I think you'll like it.







Valentines Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Source: JennaBlogs.com
Yield: 15 large or 20 smaller bars

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
12 tablespoons butter (1 1/2 sticks), melted 
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
½ Tablespoon vanilla 
1 cup Valentines M&M’s (red, white, pink)
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Line a 9x13” baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

Mix together flour, salt, and baking soda and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk melted butter and sugars in until well combined. Add eggs and vanilla.

Mix in dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips and M&M’s. Pour batter into lined and sprayed pan, smoothing out the top evenly.

Bake about 30 minutes, or until the bars are evenly light golden brown and pulling away from the sides of the pan.

Let cool and then use the foil to lift the bars out of the pan. Remove to board and cut into squares for serving.
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