I’m in trouble

Trouble with a capital “T” and that rhymes with “C” and that stands for COOKIE!
Ok, I am a dork. I couldn’t possibly be the only one out there forced to watch and re-watch The Music Man EVERY year in grade school music class. That and Oliver!, right? However, that one applies here too. “Please, sir, can I have some more?” Uh, yeah, more cookies…
Alas, these cookies ARE the reason I’m in so much trouble…or the fact that I made them TWICE last week. UH-oh. They are comfort food at its finest and it is only August! I mean, I usually have at least a month left until fall is in full swing and I am am craving homey, comfort food. Trouble, my friends. If I’m craving comfort food NOW…what is going to happen when the temperatures drop and there’s stew in the crock? I am going to be in sweats all winter…and not because I am cold…because of the elastic. Dude, I’m in trouble.
Here’s the thing with these cookies…actually cookie bars…I haven’t reinvented the wheel. I actually make them when I feeling like chocolate chip cookies, but am too lazy to bake multiple batches. They are chocolate chip cookies in bar form. Changes the whole situation…whether you like the soft middle bars or the crispier edges everyone is happy…
Preheat to 350
2 3/4 cup AP flour
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 sticks butter (1 cup)
2 cups chocolate chunks (I used Nestle)

Whisk dry ingredients together, set aside.
Cream butter and sugars together approx 2 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time mixing until incorporated. Add vanilla. Slowly stir in dry ingredients until combined. Add chocolate chunks.
Spread in a greased 9×13 pan.
Bake for approximately 20 minutes until golden and center is just set.
Let them cool before you cut them into squares if you have self-restraint. Otherwise eat with a spoon out of the pan…no judgment, especially if you are in sweats.
You’ll go to the gym tomorrow, right 😉

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August 24, 2009 11:34 pm

"eat with a spoon out of the pan"… that is hysterical and painfully realistic

Mini Baker
August 25, 2009 12:52 am

hahaha I agree with Justin's comment. SO ACCURATE! That's how it is with every dessert I make!
These look delish, thanks for sharing!
-Mini Baker :)

August 25, 2009 1:24 am

hehe–i would totallly eat these w/a spoon! and i'm afraid that sweats are in my future as well…

btw…i used to LOVE music man

August 25, 2009 1:36 am

Let them cool before cutting??? I think NOT!

August 25, 2009 1:53 am

Oh wow – these look really naughty! I could go some right now.

A & W
August 25, 2009 2:06 am

yummm. those look amazing! I too remember seeing the music man many many times and I appreciate your new rendition of trouble!

August 25, 2009 2:16 am

I want to make some of those! Yummy!

Monica H
August 25, 2009 4:05 am

Ooey, gooey and crunchy on the edges. These sound like my kind of treat. Love that last picture!

August 25, 2009 10:39 am

Mmm, these look so good!

Tracy @ Sugarcrafter
August 25, 2009 12:44 pm

Haha you just wanted to post these and take us all down with you. 😉 They look amazing!!

cookies and cups
August 25, 2009 1:16 pm

tracy…uh,YEAH!! I had to get these off my camera, everytime I turned the darn thing on I saw them…and they are too easy to NOT make!

Smitten Sugar
August 25, 2009 2:10 pm

These look too easy to not make tonight! Yum!

August 25, 2009 2:20 pm

Yum, I want trouble and a pan of those! They look and sound wonderful. MMMMMmmmm.

August 25, 2009 6:58 pm

I LOVE your blog and all the creative-ness! I wish I had half the imagination you have! I'm going to try a few of your yummies over the weekend for a "back to school" teacher treat basket…have to start "racking" up points early in the year!
Thank you for sharing

August 25, 2009 9:27 pm

Ditto on the sweatpants comment! Blogging about food is hard on the waistline! Yummy, naughty bars!

August 26, 2009 11:14 am

These bars look delicious! I would do extra hours at the gym to be able to eat as many as I want of them :)

August 26, 2009 9:04 pm

Oh, now we're ALL in trouble!!!

August 28, 2009 4:17 pm

Yum! Bake them in little ramekins and underbake just a bit for a great cookie experience. Everything but your pants will thank you!
My husband LOVED The Music Man and I began singing as soon as you started this post!

February 1, 2012 2:00 am

Can I be honest? I read the intro to this recipe and thought “these look good and all, but COME ON. Are they really that good?” uhm…yes. Yes, they are THAT good! I can’t WAIT to try more of your recipes. I might as well just throw my skinny jeans OUT!