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Chocolate Chip Bars

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A bar version of the classic cookie, these slightly chewy chocolate-chip confections are a delight.



READER'S COMMENT:
"These were really good, but I don't think they're that healthy. I used all whole wheat flour and next time I will definately cut back on the sugar. I loved that they did not have a lot of butter though! "
Chocolate Chip Bars Recipe

Makes: 15 bars

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Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, (1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, coarsely chopped, or mini chocolate chips

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat an 8-by-12-inch or 7-by-11-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl; set aside. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, swirling the pan, until the butter turns a nutty brown, 30 to 60 seconds. Pour into a large mixing bowl. Add cream cheese, brown sugar and white sugar. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Add egg and vanilla; beat until well incorporated. Add the reserved dry ingredients and chocolate chips and stir just until combined.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Per serving: 125 calories; 4 g fat (3 g sat, 1 g mono); 20 mg cholesterol; 21 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 0 g fiber; 136 mg sodium; 38 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1 1/2

Exchanges: 1 1/2 other carbohydrate


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