Bigger, Faster, Better Chocolate Chip Cookies

Okay, so they’re actually not cookies per se, but bars. Chocolate chip cookie bars. I discovered the recipe through a glance at the classic Nestle Tollhouse recipe. I was feeling  lazy and craving something melty-chocolatey.

The "Before" Photo -raw cookie dough smooshed into a greased 9x13 pan

To achieve this easy success of gooey goodness, follow the Tollhouse recipe. But three secret family tips:

1) Add in a handful of uncooked oats,
2) Use a 50/50 blend of semisweet and dark cocoa chips, and
3) Toss in 1/2 cup of pecans.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes and check with the toothpick test. Let it cool 15 minutes or so before delving in, to ensure the chocolate chips set. In two rounds, I’ve found the edges get a bit overdone, which may be a plus in your book, depending on your flavor preferences. With any luck, your birthday boy will enjoy it as much as mine. May I recommend a glass fo whiskey on the rocks to accompany this fine dessert?

Happy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar Birthday!

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