Sunday, February 28, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

After the success of last week's Chocolate Sunflower Granola Bars, which lasted most of the week and worked well for kids' lunches and take-along snacks, I thought I'd try adapting another cookie recipe to the one-tray bar version (we all need variety, even in cookies). This bar is a little more chewy and cookie-like, and a little less seedy and granola-y. It's adapted from the chocolate chip cookie recipe found in Mrs. Restino's Country Kitchen.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Cream together 1 cup of softened butter with 1 cup of brown sugar, and 1/2 cup white sugar.
Next, add the following ingredients to the creamed mixture, and mix them in with a spoon till incorporated: 1/2 cup vegetable oil (I use canola), 2 eggs, and 2 tsp. vanilla.
In a separate bowl, sift together the following: 2 cups unbleached flour, 2 cups whole wheat flour, 4 tsp. baking powder, and 1 tsp. salt. Add to the wet mixture in two additions, and mix till it comes together.
As usual, I kept my recipe nut-free (otherwise, I can't send the end results in the kids' school lunches, which totally defeats the purpose). In place of nuts, I substituted: 1 cup of oats. Stir those in, along with 1/2 cup of wheat germ, and 1 cup of chocolate chips.
Spread the dough on a greased cookie sheet, and bake in a preheated oven at 350 for 25 minutes. Cut into squares as soon as the giant cookie comes out of the oven. Let the tray rest, with the cut squares, on a rack till cool.
Kevin thought he liked last week's squares best (more roughage to chew on), and Fooey thought these were the best. I give a gold medal to the baking method. I've been avoiding cookie-baking for awhile due to how time-consuming it is to drop the dough onto the tray in individual lumps, and then hang around the kitchen while baking tray after tray after tray. Both of these recipes make a substantial amount of bars that last the better part of the week. Bulk baking, baby.
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Yoga day was wonderful. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. I am finding in this seemingly individual physical experience a collective joy that it wouldn't be possible to find alone. I continue to reflect on the nature of awe, wonder, the body, and the spirit. I am glad. Plus, I baked four loaves of bread before leaving the house yesterday, so added to these cookie bars, and the waffles made fresh this morning and frozen for three breakfasts this coming week, it was a productive kitchen weekend. Kevin and Albus are working on supper together, while we are all glued to the hockey game. Albus's menu: caesar salad with homemade dressing and homemade croutons, pasta with homemade pesto, and devilled eggs--for protein. Tonight we'll be enjoying dessert, too: ice cream. Or, possibly, banana splits.
And Canada just scored the first goal of the game. I'm going to miss the Olympics.

4 comments:

  1. I will be making these tomorrow. I make a lot of cookies but I am really not fond of what you said - dropping the cookies on the tray and then waiting, and then doing it again, and again. It takes awhile to do.

    Thanks for sharing!

    See you soon,
    T

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  2. It's nice to see somebody else was also watching the game on a relatively small screen. I don't feel quite so tech-poor and alone now.

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  3. That's our big screen. You should see the size of the tv in the kitchen where I saw the winning goal--teeny. Actually, I still think that big tv is awfully big. Kev has a plot to get us a better one with a flat-screen, but I am resistant. Did your boys enjoy the game? Our kids fell apart before the end, and it went downhill from there, since we wanted to celebrate and enjoy the moment and they wanted to fight and wrestle on the floor. Kids.

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  4. It's funny - many people we know chose this past year to go big on screen dimensions. I'm not sure we can fight them all.

    That screen in your livingroom looks small in the photo.

    The older boy enjoyed the game. The younger was less committed, and for some weird rerason was pulling for the US. He's getting us ready for the full flowering of his contrarian nature. How charming.

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