This is one of the easiest recipes to make and one our family has enjoyed for many years.
In a nutshell it’s a big cookie bar with whatever add-ins you want, baked in a dish. It’s your basic cookie dough recipe and can easily be made into cookies.
Simply perfect for pot lucks, picnics, gatherings….you can spruce it up or keep it simple. I like to whip up a quick batch to bring camping since it’s that easy. I love how chewy it is on the inside and crunchy around the outer edges.
This batch makes just over one dozen squares depending on how big you cut them. One batch is never enough for our family. When you make them nut free they are perfect for school snacks.
Add-ins could be anything from nuts to cut up chocolate bar, toffee bits, smarties or m&ms, marshmallows or broken pretzels. For this recipe my add-ins are peanut butter chips and chocolate chips.
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350. Line baking dish (either 8×8 or 9×9) with parchment paper allowing paper to extend out over edge. This will make it easy to pull cookie out of baking dish and no mess.
- IN a small pot melt butter over med-high heat. Allow butter to slowly foam up and turn brown. This takes a little time so be patient. Give it a stir every once in awhile. Once it’s turned brown and smells nutty you can remove from heat.
- Add butter to bowl with brown sugar. Mix well. Whisk in egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl or measuring cup add flour, baking soda and salt. Mix and pour into brown sugar mixture. Stir. Pour in your additions. For these I used peanut butter chips & chocolate chips. Stir again and pour batter into parchment lined dish. You will need to spread it out with a spatula ensuring evenness in all four corners.
- Bake about 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove entire cookie bar, cut and eat warm or let cool on wire rack, cut into squares and keep in container until ready to serve. Equally divine with a big scoop of ice cream on top.