Saturday, 30 August 2014

Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars

I've found my happy place - it's on the settee, listening to George Ezra, browsing tumblr and eating these. Perfection. These cookie bars are a remake of the ones I made at Christmas time, with a couple of changes. The chocolate is bigger, chunkier, and much better. The butter, rather than being melted, is creamed with the sugar to create a nicer texture - less oily than the previous version.

These are the best thing - more substantial than cookies, yet with a similar taste and a sufficient amount of chocolate. A wonderful A Level result celebration food! On the morning of my results I could really have done with one of these to settle my nerves, but sadly I had to settle with baking afterwards and lining my stomach with them before a big night of forgetting we even did A Levels by downing all the vodka. In the morning, however, it all came back to me... Including the fact that I will be moving to Camden in September, in order to start a shiny new life as a History undergraduate! Luckily, my accommodation is amazing and has photograph-worthy kitchens in which I can bake to my heart's content (until my loan runs out)! 

If you've never made cookie bars, I strongly recommend making these right now. Even if you're reading this at 3am mid-air on a flight to Tokyo, make these right now. Or, if you've made some before, make these now! Why would you want to live in a world without cookie bars?!

Recipe (makes 24-ish squares):

  • 170g butter, melted
  • 200g soft light brown sugar
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 300g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 150g chocolate, chopped into chunks
  1. Preheat the oven to 165oC and line a 9"x12" baking tray.
  2. Cream the sugars and the butter together using an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  4. Sift the flour, salt and baking soda into the mixture and gently fold it in.
  5. Stir in the chocolate until just combined.
  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.