I first made these cookie bars for my friends birthday as we went brewery hopping around town…lets just say we ended up eating most of them in the car between each brewery. Not a bad day at all if you ask me.
This is a tried and true recipe that is great for any kind of cookie base. Any kind of chocolate, sprinkles, candy, or nuts would go great in this! You don’t necessarily need to top it with frosting, but it adds something festive to the cookie bars. The buttercream frosting is super simple to whip up with a small amount of ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen: butter/margarine, powdered sugar, and milk.
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 ¼ cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2-3 tbsp milk
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 9×13 baking tray with parchment paper.
- In a bowl cream together the butter, brown sugar, and sugar until combined. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until creamy and combined then add the vanilla extract.
- Beat in the flour, salt, and baking soda until just combined and stir in the chocolate chips.
- Spread the dough in the baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes and let cool.
- To make the frosting, beat the butter, powdered sugar, salt and vanilla together. Add 1 tbsp at a time of milk until desired consistency. Add food coloring if desired and spread evenly onto cookie bars. Decorate with sprinkles or enjoy plain!
I hope you enjoy these bad boys as much as I do (or as much as me and my friend did on our brewery hopping day!) LOL
If you make these, please post a picture and tag me on Instagram! I’d love to see what recipes you are making of mine!