Looking for a sweet treat to share with your loved ones for Valentine’s Day? Thicker than a cookie, but just as easy to make, these heart-shaped chocolate chip cookie bars are the way to go!
Today’s recipe comes from Jacquie from The Sweeter Side of Mommyhood. If you’re not familiar with Jacquie, what are you waiting for? Her blog posts (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) share highlights from her life with her husband, dog, and 3 kids, including crafts and recipes easy enough for anyone to tackle.
Jacquie’s family loves these bars as a special Valentine’s Day treat – and if you like chocolate chip cookies, we’re sure your Valentine will love them too.
Heart-Shaped Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Recipe From The Sweeter Side of Mommyhood
- 2 sticks salted butter at room temperature
- 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (can sub whole wheat or any other flour you like)
- 2 cups rolled oats (if you have flax seed meal handy and like to use it, eliminate 1/2 cup of oats and add the flax)
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 cup regular semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Add butter, sugars, egg, pumpkin, and vanilla to a bowl and mix with electric beater or mixer. Then add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to the same bowl (in that order), mixing dry ingredients above the wet gently with a fork. Once the dry ingredients are slightly mixed together, continue mixing all the ingredients with the electric beaters. Add oats and chocolate chips and mix by hand with a large, flat cookie-dough mixing spoon.
- Spray a glass 9×13 pan with baking spray (or butter the entire pan and dust with flour). Press dough into the pan so it is of an even thickness throughout. Then pop into the preheated oven and bake for 25-35 minutes or until golden brown all over. Watch the edges and take the bars out if the edges start to get too brown. The middle of the bars will set up a little bit out of the oven.
- Once cooled, use a cookie cutter to cut out the heart shapes. If you don’t already have a heart-shaped cookie cutter, R&M sells them! If you are letting your kids do this, take a deep breath and be prepared for a bit of mess (and cookie waste – just eat this, it’s totally not wasted!).
Makes 12 large heart cookie bars or 24 square cut bars.
Thanks to Jacquie, you’re all set for a delicious Valentine’s Day. If you bake a batch, be sure to share them on social media using the hashtag #randminternational.