Most holidays always remind me that I’m horrible at gift-giving and would rather spend my day slaving over a stove than going to the mall for a gift. That’s how these cookie bars came along, me showing my appreciation for people through my passion- food! These cookie bars are so Pinterest-worthy and perfect for a home project, work friends, or even classmates. The bars take less than 20 minutes to make before sticking in the oven and are super easy to decorate. I purchased a set of heart-shaped cookie cutters from Walmart for $5 along with novelty sprinkles for decorating.
Decorating is all up to you! I kept it very simple, yet adorable by dipping half of the cookie bars in melting chocolate. Melting chocolate is a lot easier than you think! My biggest trick is using the microwavable cups found at stores like Walmart, Target, and even dollar trees- free game link here. Now that I’m more comfortable in the kitchen, I like to add a few tablespoons of shortening or coconut oil and semi-sweet chocolate morsels over a double boiler. Feel free to use white chocolate morsels and a few drops of red food coloring for a cute pink chocolate coating! While the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle sprinkles and let cool before enjoying or packaging up! In the words of my grandma- You’ll definitely give them something to run home and talk about!
What You Need:
- ½ cup of Unsalted Butter, melted
- ½ cup of Brown Sugar, packed
- ⅓ cup of Granulated Sugar
- 1 large Egg & 1 Egg Yolk, room temperature
- 1 ½ tbsp of Vanilla Extract
- ½ tbsp Almond Extract
- 1 ¼ cup of Flour
- ½ tsp Baking Powder
- ½ cup of Dark Chocolate Chunks
- ½ cup of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 2 cups of Chocolate Chips
- 1 tbsp of Shortening
What to Do:
- Preheat your oven to 350F and line a baking dish with foil or parchment paper. For extra protection, spray the foil/paper with non-stick spray. Let the foil overlap the edges of the dish for easy removal after baking.
- In a large bowl or stand mixer, add the melted butter, sugars, eggs, and extracts. Mix gently until all are combined. This is called the wet mixture.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the flour and baking powder- also known as your dry mix. Then, slowly add it into the wet mixture.
- Add in the chocolate chunks and chips mix just enough to combine. Don’t overwork it- elbow grease should not be made, sweets.
- Pour the cooking dough into the baking dish we previously prepared and throw a few chocolate chunks on top if you have extras. The chocolatey, the better- right?
- Baking in the pre-heated oven for 25 to 30 minutes and let the cookie bar cool completely.
- Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut as many heart-shaped cookie bars as possible. Place on a foil-covered baking sheet and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes or overnight if making ahead.
Decorating: For chocolate dipping, heat chocolate chips and shortening in a glass or metal bowl over a pot of hot water. Also known as double-boiling. Or you can microwave the mixture or use microwavable chocolate.
After chilling the cookie bars, dip the corner of each heart in the melted chocolate and place the dipped bars on parchment paper or foil. Sprinkle any nuts, sprinkles, or toppings on the cookies before the chocolate dries. Chill if you want/wrapping in plastic or enjoy as is!