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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Best. Ever. Cookie Bars. Period.

If I ever need a quick dessert to throw together, I make these bars.  Or in this case, a place to put leftover holiday M&M's in, instead of my belly.
Wait...I did eat one of these bars, so technically I did eat a few of those M&M's, but not nearly as many if they were just sitting in the cupboard looking at me.
I cannot remember where or when I got this recipe, or if I just made it up.  My memory is failing me.  What I do know is that, I made a small 8x8 pan of these a couple of weeks ago and they were gone within 24 hours.
The husband had a LOT to do with that, not me.

Unlike a typical cookie bar, these do not have any brown sugar in them, just regular sugar, so I think that is why they have such a light, airy taste to them.
By no means are these healthy.  You can eat these, if you want healthy.  There is butter and egg and chocolate....
And love.  I made these with love.  Just for you!
Best. Ever. Cookie Bars. Period.
1 1/4 c. flour
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. baking soda
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
3/4 c. sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 t. vanilla
chocolate chips or M&M's
In a mixer cream together butter and sugar, then add in egg and vanilla to combine.  Sift in salt, baking soda and flour.  Fold in chocolate.
Place in a greased 8x8 baking pan.  Bake at 375 degrees for 18 minutes (until just slightly brown around the edges).  Allow to cool slightly, before cutting into bars.
This weekend the kids are heading to their grandparent's for some fun, while I go out and have some fun myself.  Friday night is dinner and drinks with some girlfriends, then all day Saturday I get to spend time with my oldest friends around, cuddling a newborn.  I cannot wait.
Then the kids come back on Sunday and we start all over again!

Have a great Thursday!

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  1. So simple and sounds so delicious - what a great dessert!
    Have a wonderful time this weekend!
    Mary x

  2. You could also do white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts. They look SO good! :)

  3. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)January 17, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Those sound easy! I like that I have all the ingredients :-) They also look mouth-watering. I am a big fan of cookies in any form!

  4. Ally's Sweet & Savory EatsJanuary 17, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Super idea!

  5. Would an 8x8 glass pan work?

  6. I just made these, and they are still a little warm. I cut off a half inch the end to taste. They are great. I used a half cup of white chocolate chips and a cup of M&Ms.