Much like any other teenager, I went through many phases during my high school years.
I went through a cape-wearing medieval recreationist phase, a flute-playing band geek phase, a phase where I wore the same floppy hat to school for several weeks in a row, and a rather regrettable slouchy goth phase that involved lots of black.
And then there was that phase where I made enormous chocolate chip cookies several times a week, just for the heck of it.
I'm talking cookies so big you could use them for dessert plates, with crispy edges and chewy centres and lots of chocolate chips.
Like most of my phases, it didn't last very long, but I can say with a great deal of confidence that I have baked and eaten enough cookies to consider myself something of a chocolate chip connoisseur.
(Side note: I kind of miss having the kind of metabolism where I can eat ginormous cookies on a weekly basis without gaining a single pound. Youth truly is wasted on the young.)
Out of all the chocolate chip cookies I've made in my lifetime, I think these might be among my favourites.
They're like a cross between a crisp-edged chocolate cookie and a chewy brownie, with a deep dark chocolate dough that's dotted all over with milk and white chocolate chips for maximum chocolatey deliciousness. Seriously. There's a whole lotta chocolate going on in here.
And best of all, you get the skip the hassle of scooping out dough onto cookie sheets, because these babies are baked up in one enormous slab that's sliced up into individual bars after the fact.
In other words, you get maximum chocolate with minimum effort. It's a lazy cookie-loving chocoholic's dream come true!
These bars are my contribution for February's installment of the Cookie of the Month Club, which is getting a head start on the Valentine's Day celebrations with more chocolatey treats than you can shake a stick at.
Come check out what the other ladies whipped up this month:
- Chocolate Lava Cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies
- Flourless Dark Chocolate Cookies from The Cooking Actress
- Caramel Chocolate Chip Cashew Butter Cookies from Magnolia Days
- Chocolate Orange Ginger Cookies from Gotta Get Baked
- Chocolate Chip Compost Cookies (gluten-free) from Heartbeet Kitchen
- Fudgy Kalhua Brownie Cookies from Bake or Break
Triple Chocolate Cookie Bars
- Total Time: 40 mins
- Yield: 24 1x
Can't decide between cookies and brownies? These cookie bars let you get the best of both worlds, with the chewy, buttery texture of a cookie and the deeply chocolatey deliciousness of a brownie.
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ¼ cups flour
- ⅓ cup dutch processed cocoa powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup white chocolate chips, divided
- ½ cup milk chocolate chips, divided
- Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9x13” baking pan, and line with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Add the egg and vanilla extract, and beat until smooth.
- In a small mixing bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add to the wet ingredients, and stir until just barely combined. Fold in ⅓ cup each of the white and milk chocolate chips.
- Press the dough into the prepared pan, and sprinkle with the remaining white and milk chocolate chips. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are set and the middle is slightly puffed. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 1 hour, then gently lift out using the parchment and cut into bars. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 25 mins
- Category: Dessert
I followed it exactly and they were so dry. Maybe i over cooked them ???
Isabelle Boucher says
Hi Victoria, these bars are a bit on the dry/crumbly side rather than moist/chewy, especially when they're just fresh out of the oven... I've found they soften up quite a bit if you let them sit overnight in an airtight container, so please give that a try.
If they're still too dry for you after sitting overnight, it's possible your oven runs hotter than mine. You can try checking the bars after 15-17 minutes and then pull them out as soon as the edges are set and the surface of the bars looks dry.
I just did cookie bars for the Bake Shop this month because I wanted something I did have to scoop. I totally hear you. Also I miss the days of being able to eat all the cookies I want and not having to pay for it. I still eat them, but later on my pants tell me I shouldn't have.
Kate | Food Babbles says
Whoa! TRIPLE chocolate?? I'm in heaven! I will definitely be making these very soon.
um, yes please, thank you. If you could just send those this direction...
Yum! These look so fudgey and perfect!
Kathleen @ yummy crumble says
These look so yummy! I love that I can feel like I'm eating cookies and brownies at the same time. Genius!
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
Anything with 'triple chocolate' in the title is an instant winner in my books. These cookie bars look so incredibly delicious.. and I definitely wish I had one now!
I miss that youthful eat everything you want metabolism too. Especially because I'd love to eat the whole pan of those bars. Yum!
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop says
I love all the extras you've added. These could almost satisfy my chocolate cravings just by looking....almost... might need at least one little bite!
Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says
well now I just wanna make giant CCC's every week too!
and these bars would join them. because--soooo chocolatey!
Nancy @ gottagetbaked says
"lazy cookie-loving chocoholic" <-- it's as if you wrote this post with me in mind! That's actually my middle name so obviously, I LOOOOOVE your cookie bars. I need photographic proof of all these fashion phases you went through in high school. You can't tease us with glorious descriptions like "cape-wearing medieval recreationist phase" without giving us the visuals!
Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies says
I've had a couple regrettable phases myself. But I've been stuck in the cookie-making phase for several years now, so I think this one is sticking around! I love that you only used brown sugar in these, too. I bet they are crazy soft and chewy. I need to try them!
Jennifer | Bake or Break says
So. Much. Chocolate. I'm in love!