Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

We went over to a friend’s place last night, so – as you do – I brought baked goods. Now, these chocolate-chip cookie bars came from a recipe I saw on Dine and Dish as a memorial to Elle of Elle’s New England Kitchen, who tragically and suddenly passed away earlier this year.

I never knew Elle; the corner of the blogosphere in which I live is small, and this isn’t my job and I’m not too serious about it, so I don’t travel in the same circles as the important and well-known bloggers. But she sounds lovely, and her recipes are (obviously) delicious.

I made this just as written. I’m thinking I might have wanted to cut down just a BIT of the butter – these really are a butterfest – and maybe not use an entire bag of chocolate chips. I KNOW. This is still me talking. My reasoning is that I like both the “chocolate chip” part and the “cookie” part of the chocolate-chip cookie, and the balance is heavily weighted to the chocolate-chip side here. I’m going to reproduce it as made but add some ideas in the recipe for possible changes.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted – maybe a stick and a half would suffice, I’m thinking
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350.
In a big bowl, mix together the sugars and melted butter until fully combined.
Stir in the eggs and vanilla.
In a shocking break from tradition, stir in the flour, baking soda, and salt, until fully combined. Yes, even the flour!
Fold in the chocolate chips.
Grease an 11×13 pan.
Bake for 27 minutes, or until set and the top is lightly golden brown. Fair warning, mine was golden brown but clearly all liquid in the middle so I had to put it back in for another few minutes.
Allow to cool completely before cutting.

I think bringing these to a party, and then sharing the leftovers with a friend who came around to let his cat get acquainted with ours, and making people happy both times, is a good way to honour the memory of someone who made a lot of people happy.

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