cookie bar-hopping

this evening we are venturing over to a friends house who happen to be blessed with two darling girls. the oldest is almost 5 and the youngest is 3. our friends are making the dinner and i am in charge of the appetizer and dessert. i went to martha for advice and i came up with this. chocolate chip cookie bars. these remind me of cookie cakes that would be topped with that icing that stains your teeth. no icing on these bars and the cookies are better! i am hoping they will be a smash hit with the two young ladies.

from Martha Stewart 2003

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more baking sheet
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 (12-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with rack in center. Generously butter a 12-by-17-inch rimmed baking sheet; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla; mix until well combined. Add flour mixture; beat on low speed until just combined. Beat in chocolate chips.
  3. Spread dough on prepared baking sheet. Bake, rotating sheet halfway through, until edges are brown and top is golden, 40 to 45 minutes (it only took mine about 25 minutes to brown, so be watching). Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely on baking sheet. Use a serrated knife to cut into 1 1/2-by-4-inch bars.

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