Friday, October 9, 2009

Chocolate Chip Bars

Skylar was home from school today due to a fever. He was pretty bored and I was determined not to let him just watch Disney/Nickelodeon all day. We decided to bake.  I had a recipe for chocolate chip bars I had been wanting to try out, so that's what we did.  The recipe comes from the back of a bag of Hershey's chocolate chips. We just followed the 'pan recipe'.

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 sticks butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups (12 oz pkg) Semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

- Heat oven to 375 degrees
- Stir together flour, baking soda, and salt. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in a large bowl with mixer until creamy. Add eggs; beat well. Gradually add flour mixture, beating well. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts, if desired.
- Spread batter in greased 15-1/2x10-1/2x1 inch jelly-roll pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely;cut into bars (* I used a pizza cutter...made it super easy to cut straight!).

Makes about 4 dozen bars

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