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
- Preheat the oven to 165oC and line a 9"x12" baking tray.
- Cream the sugars and the butter together using an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
- Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
- Sift the flour, salt and baking soda into the mixture and gently fold it in.
- Stir in the chocolate until just combined.
- 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.