Monday, December 31, 2012

Mmm ... Monday: Light Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Every year I give Bryson's aunts and dad some homemade treats for Christmas.  This year, in an attempt to avoid making cookies, I found a promising recipe for cookie bars.  I didn't have a few of the ingredients but substitutions I could make were in the comments, so I plowed forth.  The result?  Some of the tastiest, softest, and easiest cookie bars a girl could ask for (in my opinion, anyway).

The original recipe can be found by clicking the link above.  (It is likely a bit lighter than mine listed here, so if you are in need of that, head on over and check it out.)  Here is the recipe I ended up making ... I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Nicole's Light Chocolate Chip/Peanut Butter Chip Cookie Bars

6 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons pear baby food
4 egg whites
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon reduced sodium baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped (in food processor, if possible)
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips*
1/4 cup peanut butter chips*

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Mix 1/2 cup all-purpose flour with baking powder and salt.  Set aside.

3. Melt butter and pour into mixing bowl.  After allowing it to cool a bit, set mixer on stir (or lowest setting) and blend in the remaining ingredients in the order they are listed, including the flour/baking powder/salt mixture but NOT the walnuts or baking chips.

4. Stir the walnuts into the dough by hand.

5. Spread into greased 13" x 9" pan and sprinkle baking chips on top and press gently into dough.

6. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, until edges turn brown.  Cool in the pan, then enjoy!

*I used half chocolate chips and half peanut butter chips because one of Bryson's aunts doesn't like chocolate much, and spread half on one side, half on the other.  Obviously, you could mix them together or just do one kind altogether.

These are beyond delicious and seem to keep very well in an airtight container.


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