This delicious, quick, and easy chocolate chip cookie bar recipe is made with whole wheat flour, less butter and less sugar. Your kids will never know!
Kids absolutely love these!
Plus, these cookie bars are super easy to make and cleanup is a breeze!
Yes, I am a dietitian and I 'let' my kids eat cookies!
Why This Recipe is so Great
These chocolate chip cookie bars are the perfect answer to making healthier great tasting cookies in less time and with less mess!
- Made with less sugar, less butter, and fewer chocolate chips than traditional recipes. This means fewer grams of added sugar and less saturated fat.
- The fiber from white whole wheat flour in these cookie bars will help your kids feel full longer.
- No need to spoon individual balls of cookie dough as with 'regular' cookies.
- Once cooled, you simply slice into squares and serve.
- Cookie bars pair nicely with a glass of milk or a scoop of ice cream. They also make an a nice addition to school lunches!
- White whole wheat flour Lighter in color and texture than traditional whole wheat flour. White whole wheat flour is unbleached and has the same nutritional value as whole wheat flour. I use King Arthur brand.
- All purpose flour Added to maintain the familiar texture of cookie bars that kids love.
- Granulated sugar For flavor and texture.
- Brown sugar For flavor and texture.
- Butter Use unsalted butter. This recipe calls for less butter than traditional cookie recipes. Butter helps with the structure of the cookie bar.
- Chocolate chips Because kids love them!
- Egg High quality protein. Contributes to structure.
- Vanilla Added for flavor.
- Baking Soda For leavening.
- Salt Helps activate baking soda for leavening. Salt adds to the familiar flavor of a chocolate chip cookie.
Here’s a quick overview of the steps to make these chocolate chip cookie bars. For the full list of ingredients and instructions, scroll down to the recipe.
- Using a stand mixer, simply cream together butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla.
- While butter, sugars, and vanilla are mixing, measure flours, baking soda, and salt. Place in a separate bowl. Set aside.
- Add eggs to the creamed mixture.
- Add dry ingredients.
- Using a spoon or small spatula, stir in chocolate chips.
- Place cookie dough on a large lined rimmed bar pan.
- Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 16-17 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Using parchment paper to line the rimmed bar pan makes clean-up super easy.
- Use the palm of your hand to spread out the cookie dough.
- When spreading out the cookie dough, leave a small amount of space on all sides (to allow for expansion).
Yes, they can be stored in the freezer. Once cooled completely, they can be stored in a freezer-safe container or re-sealable plastic bag and placed in the freezer. I suggest placing a piece of parchment paper in between the cookie bars to keep them from sticking together. Once defrosted, they won't be as soft as when freshly baked but they will still taste great!
Use what you have or what your kids love! I always keep semi-sweet and dark chocolate chips on hand. My kids prefer semi-sweet, of course!
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The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
- Stand or hand mixer
- 1 ¼ cup white whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all purpose flour see notes section for option to substitute some of this with oat flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ⅔ cup brown sugar packed
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup butter at room temperature (see notes below)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 6 ounces chocolate chips ½ of a standard size package
- Preheat oven to 375° Fahrenheit
- Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper
- Using a stand mixer, cream together softened butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla
- While this is mixing, combine flours, salt, and baking soda in a separate bowl and set aside
- To the creamed mixture, add eggs and beat
- Add dry ingredients and mix well
- Stir in chocolate chips using a spoon or small spatula
- Spread mixture out evenly on a lined rimmed baking sheet
- Bake for 16-17 minutes, until the edges are slightly golden and a toothpick comes out clean
- Let cool, cut into squares, and enjoy!