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

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Recipe Summary

1 hr 15 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat an 8-by-12-inch or 7-by-11-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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

Nutrition Facts

124 calories; protein 1.5g; carbohydrates 21.3g; dietary fiber 0.5g; sugars 16.5g; fat 4.2g; saturated fat 2.4g; cholesterol 18.5mg; vitamin a iu 86.3IU; folate 19.2mcg; calcium 10.7mg; iron 0.5mg; magnesium 8.4mg; potassium 41.5mg; sodium 138.8mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

Reviews (3)

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5 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
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! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Superstar bars I lightened this recipe by replacing butter with fat free yogurt half the flour with whole wheat flour the egg with egg whites. I needed a recipe that was easy to make and could be cut into small pieces for a fraction lesson. I hope it is a lesson my students will never forget. I can also sneak in a healthy eating lesson while I am at it. Great head fake. Pros: Taste so good they won't last long. Cons: So light and fluffy they are hard to cut. Taste so good they won't last long. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Yummy and chewy My 8 year old daughter made these with a little help from me. This is her review. Not too hard nor too soft just right. Nice and chocolatey. She'll be baking them again. Pros: nice and chocolatey Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I WILL be baking these again and agian and again... They have a very rich buttery flavor that tastes high-calorie but isn't. I didn't have any all-purpose flour so I had to use whole-wheat and they turned out just fine. Also I used fat-free cream cheese in place of the reduced-fat kind and Brummel & Brown spread instead of butter to shave calories. I swapped sugar for Splenda once to cut even MORE calories so my dad could have a sweet alternative to the fatty treats that his co-workers sometimes bring to his office. He FLIPPED for them! Eating Well you have a real home run on your hands. Just make sure to watch them like a hawk if you have to bake them in a 9"x13" baking pan; I let my first batch get overdone and the edges turned out too hard. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I've never made cookie bars before but I thought these turned out pretty well. I am most pleased with how small the amount of butter is in the whole recipe - my biggest concern when making cookies. They are definitely pretty chewy so take note of that. Also I took them out after 25 minutes like the recipe says and they weren't done. I added on another 5 and they came out nice. They definitely satisfy a chocolate fix with not a whole lot of fat. I will make these again. Read More