There’s nothing about baking I don’t like.
However, I dislike the heat from the oven smacking me in the face every time I take out a cookie tray.
All the more reason to seek out one of the most attractive baking words with kids home and underfoot.
By extension, some of the sultriest baking words are, melt, mix, stir and press.
Therefore, when I share a no-bake recipe, my intent is to bring a smile to your face and keep the heat out of the kitchen!
No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are the answer to the appetency for a chocolate chip cookie.
Despite the fact you are working from home, you can still get these made.
Put it another way, if you’ve got kids of 8 & up, they can effortlessly make them.
To that end, “Yes”, no-bake chocolate chip bars are that easy.
Much like home-baked chocolate chips, yet no baking trays and cooling racks to deal with, no-bake chocolate chip cookie bars are the answer.
Therefore, an investment of both minimal ingredients and time, combined to create the likes of a delicious chocolate chip cookie, but produce something better!
Outrageous indulgence for those of you who can’t live without a chocolate chip cookie, but can live without baking!
That is why you want to make this recipe.
No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Simple Ingredients and Big Taste
Maybe you have never heard of a bar cookie.
Or, conversely, you know what a bar cookie is and you snub them.
Either way, let me share a bit of insight about a bar cookie.
Despite the fact that the end result of no-bake bar cookie is a trayed mix of batter, that is eggless and needs to be cut into multiple pieces before its served, it is still considered a dessert.
Some bar cookies are baked, while some are not.
The Truth About Bar Cookie Dough
Additionally, bar cookie dough is generally more coarse and stiff to work with.
Almost to the point that you might think it is not even a dough that will come together.
Have faith it will.
I used chocolate chip batter (well almost) to create this bar.
Truly it tastes just like chocolate chip cookies, maybe even better, as I’ve been informed by my kids and friends.
Cookie Bars Are About the Batter
In fact, a more rigid batter leads to the bar and pan relationship, which fosters so nicely.
Simply put, bar cookies are mixed, poured and then pressed into a pan.
Once they are either baked or set (refrigerated), they are then sliced into bars.
By extension though, often bar cookies are cut with cookie cutters, into fun shapes, or cut into large or very small portions.
Nonetheless, with the right recipe and the right choice of bar cookie that fits your yearning, it’s perfect.
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Simple 2 Layer with a Chocolate Topping
That is why I kept my no-bake chocolate chip cookie bar simple.
In other words, my no-bake cookie is Layer simple.
However, I wanted a little texture, I did add a little extra in between the ‘icing’ portion but that is totally optional.
Despite it being a cookie bar, it will not hinder creativity!
Simply put, you are the artist, the baker, and the bar creator, go wild!
Cookie Bars Come with Boundless Options
For one thing, the sky is the limit when it comes to cookie bars.
Simply put, single layers, double layers, triple layers, and more, the bar cookie lets your creativity and passion for ingredient incorporation flow!
Even more, if you have a cookie you love, but don’t want to drop it by the heaping teaspoon, you can most likely make it a bar cookie.
Consequently, dropping cookies on a tray one-by-one can be a true time suck in our harried lives, so crank out cookies in a bar and cut them!
In actuality, you cut your time in 1/2.
Furthermore, as an additional bonus, you cut your prep dishes in half too! GO you!
Tips for Cutting No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars & ALL Bar Cookies
First, you want to use a clean knife, with a thin enough blade to get around the exterior edges and the corners. at least for the first cuts.
Afterward, and possibly the most important tip for cutting no-bake bars is to cut them however you want.
Then, cut into squares, circles, diamonds, small pieces, large pieces, or with cookie cutters.
As I have said, bar cookies are simplistically genius options versus cooking baking.
A Few More Thoughts
First, for the No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar do make sure to refrigerate any unused portions.
In any event, consider sprinkles optional.
Furthermore, determine the melting chocolate you want to use.
For example, I used 2 oz pieces that are used in many of my recipes as it is microwave-friendly and my preference.
As a result of delicious creations, we’ve never had enough of this left to store.
However, you can store these for up to five days, but with recipe ingredients used, you do need to refrigerate them.
Consequently, these will store well in snap top containers as well as zipped bags!
- 1 Cup Butter (softened not MELTED)
- 1/2 C Brown Sugar PACKED
- 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 3/4 C Flour
- 1/3 C Chocolate Chip Morsels
- 8 oz Chocolate for melting)
- 1/2 C Condensed Milk
- 9x13 baking pan - sprayed lightly with nonstick spray.
- Sprinkles *optional
In a large mixing bowl using a mixer (stand or hand) combine butter, vanilla extract, and brown sugar.
Mix it very well until it is all crumbly.
Next, add in flour and again mix to combine again with a mixer of choice.
The dough will be crumbly, if it is powdery, add a few tablespoons of water (up to 3) to correct.
Press dough firmly and evenly into pan.
Top with a scattering of chocolate chips.
I then added sprinkles to this layer *OPTIONAL
Cover and refrigerate while you prep the next step.
In microwave-safe bowl place chocolate and melt (per directions on package)
Stir to ensure it is all melted without lumps or chunks.
Next, add in condensed milk and again stir to combine.
Remove covered pan from refrigerator, and cover the entire surface with chocolate.
Refrigerate to set. (1 hour)
After an hour remove from refrigerator and cut into portions.
Keep any uneaten portions both covered and refrigerated for up to 5 days.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 120Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 52mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g
Nutritional content may not be accurate due to differing ingredients/brands