Friday, 20 December 2013

Day 5: Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Today's recipe is an important one. It's very close to my heart. It's also very American... I really need to move there soon. These are so the best.

I must admit, I was quite sceptical about this recipe. It was in cups (which I have lovingly translated into grams AND ounces) and it was, as mentioned above, very American. By that, I mean 1. it has melted butter in (which I don't think many British recipes include) and 2. it's cookies (again, could you get more American) in BAR FORM. BAR SHAPED COOKIES?! Sorry, I'm shouting, can you tell I'm just really excited? Or maybe I'm just exceedingly hyper from the quantities of sugar I've ingested today.

If you like gooey, chocolatey cookies, but want them in bar form (who doesn't?!) then these are perfect for you. 

Recipe (adapted from Mel's Kitchen):
  • 6oz/170g butter, melted
  • 7oz/200g soft light brown sugar
  • 3.5oz/100g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 10.5oz/300g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 250g chocolate chips (whichever flavours you want - I went for a mixture of milk, white and dark)
  1. Preheat the oven to 165oC and line a 9"x12" baking tray.
  2. Beat the sugars and the melted butter together using an electric whisk/mixer.
  3. Beat in the egg, egg yolk and vanilla.
  4. Sift the flour, salt and baking soda into the mixture and gently fold it in.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips (the batter will be quite thick and stiff at this point).
  6. Press the mixture into the baking tray and bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden on top and a skewer/knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.