Chocolate Chip Bars

My copy of this recipe is so old and so used it is “fraying at the edges” to the point that I need to make some copies or laminate this one!  I have made this for the girls ever since hubby and I have been married, and I make it in a round pizza pan, decorate it with frosting (homemade, of course) and slice it in pizza slices to look like it came from the “Great American Cookie Company.”  And it is so good, and soft and chewy, you just might think it did.  The recipe says to bake it in a 13x9x2 inch pan so use whichever you want.  Just make it!  And if you want, throw in some M&M’s for good measure. 

I actually made these for hubby for Father’s Day and used Splenda Sugar, and Splenda Brown Sugar and they still turned out good. 


Chocolate Chip Bars

½ cup granulated sugar

1/3  cup packed brown sugar

½ cup margarine or butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 ½ cup chopped nuts

1 (6-oz) pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips


Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour baking pan, 13x9x2 inches.  Mix sugars, margarine and vanilla.  Beat in egg.  Stir in flour, baking soda and salt.  Mix in nuts and chocolate chips.  Spread dough in pan.  Bake until light brown, 12 to 14 minutes.  Cool; cut into bars, about 2 x 1 ½ inches.


To make peanut butter-chocolate chip bars, decrease margarine to ¼ cup and mix in 1/3 cup peanut butter.  Beat in 2 tablespoons water with the egg.  Use ½ cup chopped peanuts for the chopped nuts.  Bake for 22-25 minutes.


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