Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

2 Sep

Hi, I’m Christina and I’m a Gooner. For those who don’t know, that means I’m a fan of Arsenal Football Club – a London football (soccer) team in the Premier League. The season started a few weeks ago, and now we’re in full swing with weekly games! And it’s SO MUCH FUN. There are a few “soccer” bars in my city, and my boyfriend and I have chosen The Highbury Pub as our go-to. And this past weekend, we got to meet a bunch of Gooners from all over the Midwest!

We had a meet-up at a local Milwaukee brew-pub, got to know each other, then watched the Arsenal game the next morning at the pub. And yes,  I do mean morning – the game began at 10am! Well, 10am our time. So that of course meant bringing snacks to munch on as we cheered, chanted, screamed and all-out shouted. Not one to miss an opportunity to feed new friends, I woke up extra early to bake a huge pan of cookie bars. They were still warm when we arrived at the pub! Which meant melty chocolate, and who doesn’t love that?

Sadly, I forgot to snap photos of the cookies, but for your viewing pleasure, enjoy some of the photos of us in our Arsenal gear!

#SanchezShorts – it’s a thing.

Next time you want to feed a crowd, make these cookies – they’re sweet, and have a slight twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie. But warning: unlike most of my posted recipes, these are NOT healthy! Nor should they be…I mean, I was drinking at 9:30am. So who cares 🙂

Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars, adapted from The Lemon Bowl

Makes 60 1″ squares

  • 4 C all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 C brown sugar, packed
  • 1 C butter, softened (not melted!)
  • 2/3 C molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 C mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a standard-sized cookie sheet and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, powder, soda and salt.

In the bowl of your stand mixer, add brown sugar and butter and cream together at medium speed. Add in the molasses and eggs and mix well. You’ll have to scrape down the sides of the bowl a few times.

Reduce the speed and slowly add in the flour mixture. Continue until all flour is incorporated. Remove the bowl from the stand mixer and fold in the chocolate chips.

Spread the cookie dough onto your greased cookie sheet. Use a flat spatula to spread the dough evenly onto the sheet, reaching the edges and corners.

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into bars – I got about 60 bars total. If you’re under a time crunch, throw the warm sheet into your freezer, with an oven pad underneath it. Worked really well!

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