Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars

by Megan on December 16, 2013

Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bar Mountain // take a megabite

Well, it snowed here in Detroit. And it’s super cute until your car gets stuck. I guess I should probably leave my car in it’s parking spot until spring and spend all of my time baking cookie bar mountain towns for all the mini deer and trees in my life. It’s the only answer that makes sense, ya know? So come on over! I’ll make you sit by my pink christmas tree with a  cookie bar feast and some hot cocoa to chug.

Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bar Dough // take a megabite

Cindy told me about these back when she made them twice in one week! And I’ve wanted to make them ever since I saw her perfectly tetris-ed cookie stacks of my dreams. And guess what, Cindy’s not a liar! They are super good. I might even call them the bomb. I just might. You see, they’re made with  brown butter and cream cheese. This magical combo causes these to be almost cake-y and a touch tart. I mean, just make them! You’ll see what I mean!

Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars // take a megabite

Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars
Recipe adapted from Hungry Girl Por Vida

Ingredients:

  • 9 T unsalted butter
  • 4 oz. (half a bar) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 t baking powder
  • 3/4 t kosher salt, + 1/4t more for sprinkling*
  • 6 oz. dark chocolate chopped
  • 6 oz. peanut butter chips
  • 5 oz. toasted nuts, optional

* I used fleur de sel for sprinkling.

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Grease 9×13″ baking dish and line with parchment paper, grease again. Toast nuts, if using, for 5-10 minutes on a baking sheet.
  2. Brown the butter in a saucepan on medium-low, until milk solids are brown and the butter itself has darkened and smells like toffee. Remove from heat and scrape into the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large bowl. Add the cream cheese and sugars, and beat for 5-7 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well, and scraping after each addition. Mix in vanilla.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and kosher salt in a medium bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl, while mixing on low, until just combined, leaving a few flour streaks. Fold in the chocolate chunks and peanut butter chips.
  4. Spread dough in the prepared pan until smooth. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the edges are deeply brown and the center is just set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan.

Yay! Click HERE for a printable pdf of the recipe above.

Lately // take a megabite

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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

faygie December 16, 2013 at 1:16 am

I am so loving that first picture.

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Megan December 16, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Thanks, Faygie!

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Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe December 16, 2013 at 1:53 am

I hope that cookie bar mountain town has room for one more. These look major.

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Megan December 16, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Yeah girl! Totes room! Let’s go sledding!

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Sarah December 16, 2013 at 6:09 am

Chewy cookies are my jam, and this looks like an ultimate chewy chocolate cookie. So yeah, I’m buying a plane ticket to Detroit.

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Megan December 16, 2013 at 4:44 pm

See ya soonly!

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Cookbook Queen December 16, 2013 at 7:44 am

Brown butter + Cream cheese? There’s no way these aren’t crazy amazing!!

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Megan December 16, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Right?! A cookie miracle!

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Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness December 16, 2013 at 8:32 am

I love the title of these. Peanut butter chips are always good measure. I want all of these in my face right now. Chocolate, brown butter, cream cheese and peanuts? I’m dying.

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Megan December 16, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Thanks, Taylor! Too much goodness. Almost!

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Laura Dembowski December 16, 2013 at 9:43 am

Yeah, this snow can go away any time! But not these cookie bars! Peanut butter chips are always a good decision.

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Megan December 16, 2013 at 4:44 pm

So true, Laura.

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan December 16, 2013 at 10:03 am

Snow is lame, these are awesome. Just stay in and eat these girlfriend!

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Megan December 16, 2013 at 4:45 pm

I’m hibernating!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 16, 2013 at 10:39 am

Daaaanng, these look perfect!!

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Megan December 16, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Thanks, Katrina!

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cindy December 16, 2013 at 11:27 am

i’m so glad these are in your life now!

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Megan December 16, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Finally, right!

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Karen December 16, 2013 at 11:45 am

I feel your pain, girl. I’m in MN and this winter’s been starting out with a bang. Lots of snow and a week straight of below zero temps. Oh, and I’ve got a broken and I’m on crutches. So yeah…this winter’s gonna be all about baking cookies and cakes. I’ll work it off at the gym in April.

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Megan December 16, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Minnesota is brutal!

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Nicole December 16, 2013 at 12:18 pm

The swirly salted batter! So pretty! It is the only answer for sure! Is the second ingredient, magical softened cream cheese? These look so good!

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Megan December 16, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Thanks, Nicole! <3

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Nik December 16, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Won’t you take me to…Cookie Mountain. Wont you take me to…Cookie Mountain. (sang horribly off key to Funky Town) :)

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Megan December 16, 2013 at 4:46 pm

LOVE this.

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Billy December 16, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Ohhhh man, you know I want all of it. I luuuuv anything that has cream cheese packed into it. AND NOW IT’S IN COOKIE BARS.

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Megan December 16, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Hell yeah! Thanks, Billy!

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Maria | Pink Patisserie December 16, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I definitely think these are meant to be eaten by a pink tree with hot cocoa in hand. A genius idea. Looks divine!!

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Megan December 16, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Yes! <3 Come on ova! Let’s hang like ladies!

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Rachel @thedessertchronicles December 16, 2013 at 4:41 pm

I want one of these right now! Love the photos. Cookie bars just give you so much more cookie in every bite!

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Megan December 16, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Thanks, Rachel! You’re so right!

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jenny December 16, 2013 at 8:43 pm

I saw your adorable photo on Instagram and couldn’t wait for the recipe. One q: When you say “4oz (half a bar), softened” I assume you mean the cream cheese, right?

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Megan December 16, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Thanks, Jenny! And yes! Cream cheese! Totally fixed it in the ingredient list. <3

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mum December 17, 2013 at 8:42 am

I am HOPING you put one in the freezer….hiding for me for NEXT week!!! Oh yummmmm

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) December 17, 2013 at 10:32 am

Looks so good! We haven’t gotten much snow in DC yet, so I’m still waiting for a storm that will force me to stay indoors all day. Gotta try these. And love the styling with the deer and tree ;)

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Dina December 22, 2013 at 5:34 pm

i love your photos. they look great!

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