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These Chocolate Chips Cookie Bars go from start to finish in under 30 minutes! They’re soft, buttery and full of chocolate chips – the perfect afternoon snack or quick dessert!

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Stack of Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Growing up in the middle of nowhere, life was a little different that maybe the average. It meant very seldom trips to the mall, no pizza delivery, and SUPER long rides on the school bus… really, like 50 minutes each way. Therefore, by the time my siblings and I finally got home from school, we were “starving!”

Luckily, Mom always had something for us to eat to hold us over ’til suppertime. Of all the recipes she made growing up, Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars were made more times than ANY other recipe. Yep, even more often than the close second, Chocolate Cobbler!

In fact, a couple weeks ago, my mom told me she couldn’t believe I hadn’t added this to the blog yet! And honestly, neither could I! I mean, how could a sweet tooth like me forget such a simple and irresistible treat?! Well alas, the long overdue recipe is finally on the blog!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars on sheet pan

What do I need to make Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars?

  • Sugar
  • Brown Sugar (light or dark will work)
  • Softened Butter (I always use salted)
  • Vanilla
  • Eggs (I use large eggs)
  • Flour (Can also use “cup for cup” gluten free flour)
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Chocolate Chips (Semi-Sweet is what I prefer)
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars ingredients

How do you make Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars?

First, preheat the oven to 350F and grease a 9×13 baking pan. Then, you’ll use a stand mixer (or a large bowl and electric mixer) to beat the butter, sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

Next, you’ll stir in the vanilla and egg. Lastly, you’ll add the flour, soda, salt and chocolate chips until well-combined.

Chocolate Chip Cookie dough

Pour the dough into your prepared 9×13 pan and spread it out evenly. This seems impossible at first as it’ll be spread quite thin. However, just be patient and keep spreading!! If you need some help, I find it useful to grease a rubber spatula and use that to spread it.

Chocolate Chip Cookie dough in pan
Chocolate Chip Cookie dough

Then, you’ll bake it for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown on the edges. Let cool completely (if you can wait!!) and cut into bars.

Golden brown Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars in pan

My other favorite cookie bar recipes…

I love a good cookie bar! They tend to be super easy to prepare and are perfect for potlucks, after school snacks, dessert, etc!

No Bake S’mores Bars – Talk about EASY! These yummy bars will remind you of a classic s’mores with a lot less mess!

Salted Nut Roll Bars – Sweet, buttery cake mix, chewy marshmallows and a crunchy peanut and rice krispie topping makes these bars SO good!

Congo Bars – These super thick chocolate chip bars are loaded with chocolate and are extra rich and buttery!

Peanut Butter Bars – These Peanut Butter Bars are the perfect afternoon snack or dessert – they will quickly become a family fav!

Cut cookie bars on a sheet of parchment paper

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar with a bite out of it in hand
2 from 1 vote

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
These Chocolate Chips Cookie Bars go from start to finish in under 30 minutes! They're soft, buttery and full of chocolate chips – the perfect afternoon snack or quick dessert!


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 9×13" pan.
  • In a large bowl (or in a stand mixer), mix the sugar, brown sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
  • Add the vanilla and egg.
  • Stir in the flour, baking soda and salt.
  • Mix in the chips and spread the dough into prepared pan*.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes. Let cool and cut into bars.


*You might feel as if there’s not enough dough to spread it out to the entire pan.  There is….I promise!  Just take your time! 🙂


Serving: 1bar | Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 41mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 10.5g | Vitamin A: 123.7IU | Calcium: 7.5mg | Iron: 0.4mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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  1. 2 stars
    I printed out the 2x recipe. Ingredients had been doubled but the baking time remained the same. I was skeptical so I am keeping me eye on it. After the printed 12-14 minutes, the middle was NOT cooked. So I am giving it some more time – how much? I don’t know. I don’t have much hope for this… is such an easy recipe that I really wanted it to work. Can’t comment on the finished product yet as it is still baking.

    1. Hi Nancy – When doubling the recipe, it only changes the ingredients (doesn’t change anything in the instructions portion of the recipe card). I’m sorry if this caused an issue for you. It’s such a yummy recipe – I hope it ended up turning out “5-star” worthy! 🙂 ~Kelsey