Hello! Welcome back to PeanutLifeAdventures. Remember last month when I shared these M&M Cookie bars? If you liked those, you should love today's sweet treat. It came, from all places, from a magazine clipping from my mother-in-law. My mother-in-law is an extremely healthy person. She eats very healthy, balanced meals, and I hardly ever see her take a bite of dessert. When she gave me this recipe, I was pretty surprised, but she knows her son/my husband loves his treats and knows that I like to bake for him. These polka dot cookie bars certainly earned my husband's approval!
Again, I love the easy and simplicity of cookie bars. I like that they just bake in one pan, and no rolling out dough, and a lot less cleanup. Win in my book, especially when I am pressed for time, but still want to have a treat to enjoy for the week.
Polka Dot Cookie Bars
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home
- 1 cup butter softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1/3 cup baking cocoa
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips (divided)
In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a regular bowl if you don't have a stand mixer), cream the butter and sugars together until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla extract and beat well. Slowly add in the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Fold in 1 cup of white chocolate chips. Spread in a well greased 15x10x1 inch pan. Sprinkle the remaining white chips over the top of the batter.
Bake at 375 degrees for 18-23 minutes.
If you don't have a 15x10 pan, you can use a 9x13 pan to make the cookies instead. They will be thicker and will need longer to cook (closer to 30-40 minutes). Test with toothpick near the center, if it comes out clean, then they are ready (be sure to do this step with cookie bars - it's important so you don't have doughy/soggy cookie bars in the middle!)
Let the cookie bars cool in the pan before cutting.
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