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Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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Homemade, Old-Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars taste so good!

Christmas is just around the corner—ready to make some mom-magic? I have a delicious, Old-Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar recipe that’s quick n’ easy to share with you. It’s part of my recommendation for a little holiday enchantment, along with a suggestion for making your house smell amazing. I’m sharing these ideas about Febreze as part of a sponsored series for Socialstars.

Easy Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Shopping, baking, decorating, and must-do Christmas traditions…you know how crazy the holidays can get. And the boss still expects you to come to work.

In the middle of busy, last year I decided to have a few friends and their kids over for a casual get-together. Let’s make more memories!

We waited until the day before company was coming to decorate the tree. We sang carols, ate treats, and had a great time.

I made a couple of casseroles so I could just pop them in the oven when I got home from work.

Everything was company ready. I was feeling like Supermom.

The next day I came home, opened the door, and found one of our two cats had replaced the tree topper with himself. I stared at him swaying on the upper-most branch.

Those cats had totally un-decorated the tree. Ornaments—some broken—were on the carpet and under the table. I had this ridiculous, fleeting thought of how pretty the sparkles looked all over the floor.

I headed for the kitchen and put the casseroles in the oven while barking orders to get the vacuum, stay away from the tree, turn on the Christmas music, leave the cookies alone.

How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I kicked into high and cleaned up the broken pieces of Christmas cheer. And since there was no time to decorate again, I had a naked tree with white twinkle lights.

Then I realized something was burning.

Dinner wasn’t ruined, but it had run over in the oven and it was a little extra-crispy around the edges. I assure you I was not feeling very merry when the doorbell rang.

I grabbed a can of air freshener and sprinted through the house, feeling akin to Ebenezer Scrooge and wondering why I had thought an extra get-together was a good idea.

Febreze Air Pine Spray

But we ended up having a sweet time that night even though there were no shiny baubles. One of my friends commented on how peaceful the sparkly lights and pine scent made her feel.

She had no idea it wasn’t the look or mood I was going for!

Since we still have our cats, I think we’ll be having a naked tree again this year. With twinkle lights. And Febreze Fresh Cut Pine.

Febreze has a holiday collection of limited edition scents to freshen the air. I’m partial to the Fresh Cut Pine scent. Call it nostalgia.

There is also Fresh Pressed Apple, Fresh Twist Cranberry, and Fresh Fall Pumpkin. They are perfect as the final step of a cleaning routine or for those stinky “emergency” situations—because life leaves scented trails.

Just remember to tell your kids not to spray it on fabrics, near an open flame, around birds…or as a breath freshener. Even if they’ve snitched cookies.

Also in time for the holidays, Febreze is encouraging moms to quit worrying about making celebrations perfect. They are partnering with “A Bad Moms Christmas” which follows the antics of three under-appreciated and over-burdened women (played by Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn) as they deal with the impossible goals moms tend to set up for themselves. #LiveNaughtySmellNice.

This recipe is Melodee’s (our blog photographer) version of the famous Neiman Marcus cookies. Baking in bar form makes baking them quick and easy, perfect for busy holidays or everydays.

And you can mix everything up in one bowl, which is also a time saver.

I always begin by preheating the oven—to 350 degrees for this recipe—and getting the cookie pan ready. Line a 9×13 inch cake pan with parchment paper.

You start out by creaming the butter and sugars together and then add an egg and a couple of teaspoons of vanilla and mix well.

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Add flour, salt, baking powder and soda and mix well.

The espresso powder and chocolate chips come next.

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Press the dough into the cookie pan and bake for about 18-20 minutes. Let them cool slightly before you slip them from the pan and cut them into bars.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Dough

Watch out for little guys who can’t wait to sample warm cookies. They know mom-magic when they smell it.

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Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

  • Author: Layne Henderson


  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 ¾ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder
  • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees


  1. In a bowl, cream together butter and sugars.
  2. Add egg and vanilla; mix well.
  3. Add flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda to the mixture; mix until dough comes together.
  4. Stir in espresso powder and chocolate chips.
  5. Line a 9×13 cake pan with parchment paper and press dough into bottom of the pan.
  6. Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before removing from the pan and cutting.

Layne Henderson

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara.