Chocolate Bar Cookie Bars
I’m taking some time off the next few weeks to enjoy time with our little bundle of joy. While I’m away, I’ve scheduled some recipes here and there to share with you and I’ve also asked a few of my amazing blogger friends to fill in with some guest posts.
Today, my boo Nancy from gotta get baked is here to share with you these chocolate bar cookie bars. First of all, cookie bars are my thing!! I love how easy they are to whip up and just so ooey, gooey decadent. I can’t wait to try these. Secondly, you know Nancy right?? She is the kick-ass, sassy writer of the blog gotta get baked. She is a constant inspiration for me and someone I truly think you should get to know. My girlfriend is real, funny, and uber-talented. Go check out her blog after this and show her some love on social media too (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest)!
Hi everyone! I’m Nancy of gotta get baked. I’ve known Zainab for a few years now, mostly by stalking her on all forms of social media. Even though we have yet to meet in person (the court tells me I have to stay 100 yards away), I’m proud to say that we’ve become friends. Lucky for me because Zainab is one of the smartest (she’s a neuroscience Ph.D. student fergoodnessakes!), most stylish, positive, friendly, supportive, and talented ladies I know.
I’m honored to be guest posting for Zainab today while she’s taking a very well-deserved break to spend time with her new little mister, who was just born on July 31st. Congratulations to you and Mr. J! Your sweet baby boy is absolutely adorable.
I’m not a momma myself but after seeing my sisters, sister-in-law, and friends go through the awesome, exhilarating, and let’s face it, exhausting period of new motherhood, I figured I’d make something super easy and super delicious for Zainab.
Hello, one-bowl chocolate bar cookie bars!
You don’t have to wait for butter to come to room temp. You can toss in whatever chocolate you have lurking in your cabinets. It whips up and comes out of the oven in under an hour. Heck, you don’t even have to let this cool! Just pile some ice cream over the top when it’s finished baking and attack it with a spoon. That’s how I like to roll.
Baby in one arm, a pan of cookie bars in the other.
I don’t think life can get any sweeter.
Chocolate Bar Cookie Bars
- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon dark rum or 1 teaspoon rum extract (optional)
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 ½ to 2 cups chopped up chocolate bars of your choice (I used Reese’s, Rolo,
- Caramilk and Dairy Milk milk chocolate)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8X8 or 9X9 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Stir together the melted butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and rum. Add the egg and whisk until combined. Add the flour, cinnamon, and salt. Stir until just combined and no streaks of flour remain.
- Add the chopped-up chocolate bars.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula or the back of a spoon. The batter will be thick.
- Bake for 25-28 minutes or until a cake tester comes out with a few moist crumbs. Baking time will be a bit less if you use a 9X9 pan (since the bars will be thinner). You don’t want to over-bake or the cookie bars will be too dry. I always prefer to under-bake a bit because the bars will be firm as they cool. Allow bars to cool in the pan for at least 1 hour before slicing and serving.
Adapted from Averie Cooks
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Hi Zainab, I found you because Nancy is one of my best blogging buddies. As I check your SM links, it appears I’ve been following you on some channels but not others. I’ve remedied that. Congratulations on your new bundle of joy and I hope mother and baby are healthy.
Nancy, these cookie bars are great but why limit them to new Moms? I’m a father of a 7-year-old and I still want these! That, and I love your comment of baby in one arm, cookie bars in the other.
Hi!! I know I was following you and actually found your blog through dear Nancy!! So glad we connected again 🙂 Thank you very much for stopping by!
Love this recipe from Nancy. And anything with ‘Baby in one arm, a pan of cookie bars in the other’ always winning 🙂
These chocolate bars look divine, Zainab. Love how easy these cookie bars come together! Indeed a perfect treat for new moms. Absolutely gooey and delicious!
Words can’t describe that chocolate gooey goodness! They look INCREDIBLE!
I love how bloggers come together to help each other out when they need some rest! What great blogging friends you have Zainab! And I also love how easy and adaptable these bars are! Oh and attacking with a spoon and a scoop of ice cream sounds like perfection!
Love how easy these cookie bars come together, Nancy! Perfect for new moms and when you’re crunched for time. They looks so gooey and delicious!
I love meeting all of the bloggers you are showcasing here and these cookie bars by Nancy look amazing! That ooey gooey candy filling is calling my name!
I love making cookie bars!! So much easier when I don’t have a lot of extra time on my hands but still want to come up with something homemade and tasty for a quick dessert!! These look so chocolately! Perfect!
Cookie bars are a total hit. Who has time to scoop cookies when there is a baby to snuggle?!
Nancy!!!! YOU’RE BACK!!!! and with these fabulous chocolate-bar-cookie-bars!!!! LOVE! oh how I’ve missed you my friend!!! heading over to your blog now! you rock for guest posting for Zainab!!!
Chocolate. Cookie. Bars. It doesn’t get better than this. One of those classic recipes that you just can’t get enough of and you don’t want to make anything else because it’s too good. Yep, I like it.
Zainab, I’m so happy to be able to guest post and help you out in this small way. Elliott is absolutely darling and I hope you and Mr. J are enjoying every precious moment with him! Worrying about the blog should be the least of your worries. I wish I lived closer to you so that I could actually bring a pan of these over and give you a hand. Until then, I’m sending you virtual hugs ‘n kisses! xoxoxo
Ahhh Nancy, THANK YOU so much for the guest post. You are, as always, amazing and such a great friend! xoxo