Chocolate Chip & Almond Cookie Bars

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Hello and welcome back from my holiday hiatus. The holidays were a time of incredible amounts of food and I was mostly in a coma from eating. Now that I am back, it’s time for some yummy goodness. Here is a delish and easy cookie bar recipe. Here’s what you’ll need:

2 ¼ cups of flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks of softened unsalted butter
½ cup of brown sugar
½ cut of regular sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar (or extract, I used sugar)
2 eggs
½ cup of dark chocolate chips
½ cup of crushed almonds

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Get out 2 bowls.

Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in one bowl.

In another bowl, mix the butter, both sugars, and vanilla. I used my hands but you can use a mixer if you have a low setting, otherwise it’ll make a mess. Once these ingredients are well combined, mix in one egg at a time.

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Then, add in half of the flour mixture, mix again with your hands or mixer. Then the other half. Make sure it is all combined well.

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Grease a cookie sheet – I used a smaller casserole like dish because I didn’t want very thin cookie bars. Evenly place the dough onto the sheet using your hands to smooth it out. Word of caution, this dough is VERY sticky. I used one hand to pour it in and do the initial smoothing then my clean hand to really smooth it out. The dough will stick to any surface that has dough on it.

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Then, I sprinkled the chocolate chips and almonds on top. You can do whatever you like on top. Once you have the dough down, you can add in white chocolate chips and cranberries or raising and walnuts. The possibilities are up to you!

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Bake in the oven for 25 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when the edges start to brown a bit.

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Let it cool entirely before cutting it up.

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This recipe is fairly easy and versatile and it turned out DELISH. I will definitely be making it again soon because it was just too yummy to pass up.

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Enjoy!

-Ena

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