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.

 

 

 


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