Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

The recipe for these bars is almost identical to that of Nigella's chocolate chip cookies, and they taste the same too, so the recipe posted is for the aforementioned cookies, but to be baked in a tin rather than on a tray as individual cookies. They do make a rather nice change to  regular cookies, and result in a slightly different texture. In order to achieve the most benefit from baking the cookie dough this way, I would certainly recommend erring on the side of under-baking.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

150g unsalted butter
125g soft light brown sugar
100g caster sugar
1 egg, fridge cold
1 egg yolk, fridge cold
2tsp vanilla extract
300g plain flour
½tsp bicarbonate of soda
250g chocolate chips

1. Pre heat the oven to 165°C/ 325F/Gas 3. Line a couple 9 x 13 inch pan with foil.

2. Melt the butter and let it cool a little. In a separate bowl, mix the sugars together and add the cooled butter.

3. Beat in the cold egg and egg yolk and the vanilla extract until fully incorporated.

4. Sift in the flour and bicarbonate of soda a little at a time and mix together. Fold in the chocolate chips.

5. Transfer the cookie dough to the baking pan and press into the edges. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until lightly browned around the edges. Remove from the oven and leave to cool (and harden a little) on the tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to continue cooling.

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