Chocolate Chip Swirl Bars

You need a dessert…and you need it in under 30 minutes…and you don’t want to head to the store for any fancy ingredients…oh, and can it please include chocolate?

Ever find yourself in that sort of pickle?  Well, here’s your recipe.    Serve these yummy bars warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or let cool and enjoy them with a glass of cold milk.  They travel well, so bookmark these for your next picnic.  (How long until picnic weather?)

Chocolate Chip Swirl Bars

recipe adapted from my friendly neighborhood cookbook

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (microwaves vary, but if I put a refrigerated stick of butter in mine for 30 seconds at 50% power…good to go)
  • 6 T granulated sugar
  • 6 T brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 T flour
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Using a hand mixer, mix butter, both sugars, and vanilla.  Add egg.  In a small bowl, combine soda, salt and flour.  Add to creamed mixture.  Spread into greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan.  (The batter is thick and might need some coaxing.  I just use my clean hands to get it in all the corners.)  Sprinkle with chocolate chips.  Bake for three minutes.  Remove from oven and marbleize chocolate by lightly running a knife tip back and forth.  Bake an additional 9 minutes.  Cool and cut.
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  • By Heather 16 Jan 2012

    I love recipes like this. I am often in a pickle (surprise surprise) and need simple (but good) recipes. I will for sure try this out. Looks yummy. Thanks!

  • By Cookie Sleuth 16 Jan 2012

    I am always in need of a quick dessert (with chocolate!) recipe.

  • By Joanne 17 Jan 2012

    I find myself in that EXACT predicament just about every week! Now I know exactly what I’ll be making…these sound seriously awesome.

  • By carrian 18 Jan 2012

    These sound so good. You have no idea how often we suddenly need a dessert and I take up half the time stressing to find a quick recipe. It’s so annoying! Pinning this one so I don’t forget!!!

  • By Vivian 23 Jan 2012

    Hi admin, I’m also interested in this. (Take a look at the latest post on my site for details.) This was a really interesting read, you have definitely given me some food for thought!

  • By kat 29 Jan 2012

    I love cookie bars! Those look great! :)



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