Soft & Chewy Cookie Bars

Cookies are great, but cookie bars are even better. The advantage of cookie bars over normal cookies is that you can make them thicker, and who says no to more cookie?

My favorite part about these cookie bars is that you can add any toppings you want in and make them your own. This is especially nice if you have younger children that like to be with you while you’re baking. You can let them pick out which goods to mix in, allowing them to be as creative as possible.

You could do…

  • Chocolate chips
  • Reese’s pieces
  • Crushed Oreos
  • Sprinkles
  • White chocolate chips
  • Nuts

and more! You could also do a combination of extras in there. For this batch, I chose to do some milk chocolate chips and Reese’s pieces.



  • 1 c margarine
  • 3/4 c granulated sugar
  • 3/4 c light brown sugar
  • 1 lg. egg
  • 1 lg. egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 c all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1-2 c mix-ins


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. In a large both, cream together the butter and both sugars.
  3. Once creamed, add in the egg, egg yolk and vanilla.
  4. In a small-medium sized bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
  5. Gradually combine the dry ingredients into the wet.
  6. Fold in your choice of mix-ins
  7. Spread mixture onto a 15×10″ cookie sheet.
    • I use a nonstick cookie sheet and therefore do not line it with parchment paper or spray anything on it. If you know that cookies typically tend to stick to the sheet you use, then put some type of spray on before spreading the mixture.
  8. Bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes. The top of the cookies should be lightly golden, you do not want them to be extremely dark. You should still be able to put a toothpick in and pull it out clean, even though it looks under cooked.
  9. Allow the cookie bars to cool completely on the sheet before cutting.


As you can see from the picture above, mine are barely golden in color. Yours should look slightly darker than mine and I only suggest for you to make them lighter in color (like the ones pictured) if you like your cookies to be slightly doughy.

When you take the first bite out of one of these cookie bars, you are instantly going to feel like you gained weight. They are so delicious, but fattening; you can feel yourself getting bigger with each bite. I would tell you the nutrition facts for these cookies but I promise you won’t be happy when you see the number. This is definitely a recipe where the dessert will actually last; you’ll want to eat more than one at the time because they’re so good, but they so thick and chewy at the same time that you can’t handle too many.


I hope you enjoy this cookie bar recipe and let me know if you decide to test it out or what your favorite add-ins are for cookies!


Happy Baking!

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