I love summer parties. Sitting outside, chatting, drinking rose, chasing P, and eating summer goodies are some of my favorite things. I especially love finding a fun dish to bring to the party. And if I'm being honest, my once elevated party dessert game has really slipped in recent years. I hate to always play the Mom card, but it's true. Shaun's parents always have a summer party and this weekend I decided to make a great dessert to share. When I found these chocolate chip cookie bars I knew they would be a fantastic dish to share since not only do they look gooey and delicious, but they also fulfill my summer party dessert rules (easy to cut, share, and eat with fingers).
I made these as part of this month's Secret Recipe Club. I have to say, I had like 10 recipes bookmarked from The Savvy Kitchen for weeks before I made the final decision. Amy has so many wonderful ideas and recipes and it's a great blog that I can't wait to read more of! The second recipe on my list was her apple pie overnight oats, but since I wanted to bring a dessert for this weekend's party, the cookie bars won out.
Oh and bonus - the entire recipe can be mixed by hand in one bowl, and it's a great recipe for a certain little toddler to help out with. Win!
chocolate chip cookie bars
adapted from The Savvy Kitchen
1 large egg
3/4 C light brown sugar, packed
1/2 C canola or vegetable oil
1/4 C granulated sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 C all-purpose flour
1 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
3/4 C mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
1/4 C rainbow sprinkles
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x8" pan and set aside.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg, brown sugar, oil, granulated sugar and vanilla. Add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Mix with a wooden spoon until just combined. Sprinkle in half of the chocolate chips and the sprinkles. Mix to combine.
Press mixture into the pan. Add the rest of the chips on top of the batter. Bake for 18-20 minutes until just set. Let cool and cut into bars, or small bites (as I did).
These were a huge hit at the party, especially with the kids! Cutting them into two-bite bars was also great because a small pan went a really long way. Thanks to Amy for this great recipe!