Triple Chocolate Cookie Bars

Triple Chocolate Cookie Bars

 

Wow, my house is so quiet! My kids are back in school and I can tell it is going to take a little time to adjust to them being gone. On the plus side, I’ve got my music turned up and I’m dancing around the kitchen making some treats.

Throughout the summer, anytime I’d have my music on my son would sneak in and turn it down. He wanted to watch soccer. First the World Cup and now the Premier soccer season has started. I can’t get away from the soccer and you can’t dance around with the music barely audible.

 

Triple Chocolate Cookie Bars

Chocolate is one good reason to dance. Just pulling out ingredients makes me happy.

I haven’t baked a treat in months! I thought back to school is a good reason to have a delicious treat ready when the kids get home.

 

Triple Chocolate Cookie Bars

These Triple Chocolate Cookie Bars start off with a chocolate shortbread crust.  I could eat this just by itself!

While that is baking, I worked on dough for the cookie layer.

Triple Chocolate Cookie Bars

Spread out the cookie dough over the chocolate crust. This step was a little sticky. I can’t seem to figure out the easiest way to spread cookie dough without getting it all over my fingers. I started out using a plastic spatula and then used a piece of wax paper to press the dough into an even layer.

Do you have any tricks?

 

Triple Chocolate Cookie Bars
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I’m happily dancing as these bars are baking.  The aroma of these Triple Chocolate Cookie Bars is so amazing when they come out of the oven.

Ah, so here is the good part! Drizzle melted chocolate over the top of the baked cookie!

 

Triple Chocolate Cookie Bars

I know these are a treat, but I still wanted to cut some of the fat. A full fat version of this recipe would have called for a pound of butter.  I halved that and replaced the rest with 0% plain greek yogurt. I see double bonus…less fat and extra moisture!

These cookies are decadent and filling. I cut them into small bars. My pan is 9 x 13. I cut 7 long rows and then cut those into 4 equal pieces. That is 28 totally amazing Triple Chocolate Cookie Bars!

 

Triple Chocolate Cookie Bars

My guys love these cookie bars!

The bottom layer is slightly sweet, soft, and full of delicious chocolate flavor.

The chocolate chip cookie layer is perfectly moist and loaded with chocolate chips.

Bite into one of these bars and you get that smooth and decadent chocolate ganache, soft chocolate chip cookie, and the amazing chocolate shortbread crust.  Your mouth will be so happy. Before you realize it, your whole body will be dancing around enjoying these bars!

 

Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

 

 

 

 

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Triple Chocolate Cookie Bars
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Serves: 28
 
Ingredients
For crust
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup 0% plain greek yogurt
For cookie
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup 0% plain greek yogurt
  • 2¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 10 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
For Ganache
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream
Instructions
For crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Coat a 9 x 13 inch square baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Combine flour and cocoa in large mixing bowl with a whisk.
  4. In a mixer cream the butter and sugar. Add in the yogurt and blend until combined.
  5. Add in the flour mixture, blending just until combined.
  6. Press mixture with fingers into even layer over the bottom of the pan.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes.
For Cookie
  1. Cream butter and sugar together in a mixer.
  2. Add eggs, vanilla, and yogurt; blend until combined.
  3. Slowly add in flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until combined.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Spread dough onto warm crust and bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Let cool at least 10 minutes.
For ganache
  1. In a small saucepan combine bitter-sweet chocolate and heavy whipping cream over medium heat.
  2. Stir constantly until chocolate is melted. It should look smooth and shiny.
  3. Drizzle over cookie bars.
  4. Cut bars in 7 strips on the long side and divide into 4 sections on the shorter side of the pan.
  5. Makes 28 bars.

 

 

 


Comments

  1. These look so delicious. You had me at triple chocolate. Can never have too much chocolate.

  2. TRIPLE CHOCOLATE?!?!? TRIPLE THE FOOD COMA!

    • Ha ha, they are cut small so you get a little treat and no sugar coma. But, should you fall into one, it will be a delicious!

  3. These cookie bars look AMAZING, Cindy! Kinda reminds me of a brookie (brownie + cookie) Love these. They’re the perfect back to school treat!

  4. Oh, Cindy, these look SO good! I love that you subbed out part of the butter with Greek yogurt. I need to try these! I’ll be dancing if I make these, too. :) I usually use a metal baby offset spatula for spreading — it’s the easiest thing around! Pinning.

    • Thanks Marcie! I have a couple of offset spatulas. I don’t know why I didn’t think to use that?! Next time, right? :D

  5. Anything that boasts chocolate I have to have a bite of. Looks amazing!

  6. whiskandshout says:

    Double chocolate is good, triple chocolate is great! These look amazing!

  7. We’re all in favor of triple chocolate anything at my house! Your bars look terrific! I second the offset spatula suggestion :)

  8. These cookie bars look amazing, Cindy! Anything with triple the chocolate is a winner in my book. And my husband would love these, too, so even better! :)

  9. Hi Cindy, Wow! triple chocolate sounds amazing, love these!!

  10. Oh, Cindy! These looks delicious! It is about dessert time at my house and I wish I had a huge pan of these right now! Chocolate is a great excuse to dance around! I hope you are enjoying the quiet and being able to listen to your own music :)

  11. Oh my Cindy!!! Chocolate lovers for SURE are going to love this recipe! You bettr not take these into a crowd girl, because I’m pretty sure you’ll be mobbed!!! :-) It’s a great way to get attention. Hahaha! Pinned!

  12. I’m drinking coffee right now and these would go down a treat! Have you tried piping the cookie dough?

  13. Dance?? These bars beg for a BOOGIE!

  14. Oh, Cindy, these cookie bars look amazing!! Triple chocolate? I would be dancing for some of these bars for sure! Love that you subbed greek yogurt in here – such a great idea!

  15. how delicious do these cookie bars look! never made a cookie bar batch before, definitely need to try my hand at the recipe.

  16. Geez, what’s not to love about these! I would love to come home from school to these delicious beauties! I love that you subbed some of the butter with yogurt…I bet no one noticed a bit.
    On the cookie dough spreading – have you tried pressing it with just moistened fingers. I find water/wet fingers helps when I’m doing things like spreading biscotti dough.

  17. spicedblog says:

    What an awesome idea!! I don’t have any sure-fire tips for sticky cookie dough, although I have found that a little flour or even water on your finger tips helps you handle it a bit easier. Not sure if that helps, but it’s worth a shot! Now I’m going to go daydream about these bars for a little while…

    • Thanks David! I didn’t even think to use water. I think I was so frazzled by the sticky dough I couldn’t think straight. I just wanted it off my hands! haha

  18. Um…these look to die for! I’m a huge fan of the cookie bar, but adding the layers was pure dessert genius!! I’m sure you were very popular around your house when these came out of the oven. :)

  19. Looks delicious, Cindy, you totally had me at chocolate, let alone triple chocolate! And there is nothing better than cooking up a storm to your own music, right?

  20. These look like a perfect tasty treat and what is great is that they remain so moist!

  21. These look just amazing!! I could eat a whole plateful!

  22. These look incredible! How sweet of you to make these for your kids too, I bet they were thrilled to see these when they got home :) Pinning these!

  23. Props to your son for watching the Premier League :D and the bars look fantastic, even pastry shops would envy you for them :)

    • Thanks! Nikolay he is crazy for soccer. Loves to watch and play. I’m always competing for my music and tv. Haha

  24. The beautiful game and beautiful cookie bars. Ole Ole Ole

  25. holy moly these look perfect!!

  26. Wow, loving the fact these are TRIPLE chocolate!

  27. Visiting from Saturday Night Fever. These look delicious, love the layers. I co-host Sweet and Savoury Sunday and would love for you to stop by and share this and other recipes with us. Have a great day!

  28. I want one (or two) of these triple chocolate bars! They look amazing, especially with the layers and chocolate drizzle!

  29. These bars looks so delicious. My mouth is watering!!! I love the layers and the chocolate drizzle! SO delicious!

  30. Hi Cindy! I totally see your point in cutting calories when I can! So I think the yogurt substitution is fabulous. Not that I don’t love butter but you know. What a great treat to welcome your kids home after school. I guess I can still make these even if my kids aren’t in school yet, right? They look so oozy and runny in that chocolatey way. Yum. Fresh out of the oven. I haven’t baked anything all summer either, couldn’t light the oven, but now that fall is approaching. And that afternoon chocolate pick-me-up, can’t beat it.

  31. caileejoy says:

    Wow!! these look amazing!! Great way to satisfy a serious dessert craving!! YUM!! :)

  32. Thanks for making me crave chocolate really bad right now!! LOL

  33. That looks absolutely fantastic! The chocolate drizzle is killing me!

  34. I spray my spatula with a light dusting of Pam and food is easier to spread. Although, being able to lick your fingers with cookie dough sounds good too. I will be trying this recipe for sure.

  35. This looks and sounds delicious, Cindy! I am excited to make this :) Keep inventing and writing!

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