Chocolate chip bars, where have you been all my life?

At an after school meeting I helped myself to two chocolate chip squares prepared by the Home and Careers teacher. That night I emailed her demanding (delicately requesting) the recipe and on Friday it arrived on my desk. Three batches later I am HOOKED. It’s like a blondie with chocolate chips and it’s chewy and salty and practically perfect. Make them immediately.

Ingredients:

1 stick of salted butter (softened)

1/3 cup of brown sugar

1/2 cup of granulated sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 egg

1 1/4 cups of flour

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of salt

6 ounces of chocolate chips

1/2 cup of chopped nuts (if you want)

Preheat the oven to 375 and grease an 8×8 pan.

The butter needs to be softened so ideally you would have left it on the counter for a day. If you didn’t, cut it into thirds and microwave for ten-second increments until it’s soft. While some of it may melt, you do NOT want a stick of melted butter. That would be bad.

Combine the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in a bowl and beat for a minute until the ingredients are combined and the dough is fluffy.

Add one egg and the teaspoon of vanilla and beat on low speed to combine.

In thirds, add the flour, salt, and baking soda. Wait for each third to incorporate before adding the next.

With a large spoon or rubber spatula, stir in the chocolate chips (I only had chunks in the house).  Spread the dough into the pan and sprinkle on a few more chips. Bake for 14-18 minutes. It should be lightly browned and  a toothpick tester should come out clean.

I should have added more chips on top to this one. Let it cool for 20-30 minutes and then cut into squares. Get ready to have a lot more friends after you make these.

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