Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

What You Need

2 ¼ cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup brown sugar, packed

3/4 cup white sugar

1 cup Crisco shortening

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

2 cups chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place parchment paper inside a 9x13 Pyrex dish and spray with cooking spray.

  2. Whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda in a bowl. Set aside.

  3. In a mixer, on medium speed, combine the Crisco, brown sugar, white sugar, and vanilla until blended together.

  4. Add one egg at a time. Blend until all incorporated.

  5. On low speed, gradually add the flour mixture until all mixed together.

  6. Remove bowl from mixer and stir in the chocolate chips with a spatula or wood spoon.

  7. Place the prepared batter into the Pyrex dish. Evenly spread it with a spatula or your hand.

  8. Bake for 23 minutes.

  9. Remove from oven and let cool. Once cool, cut into squares. 

Total Prep Time: 15-20 minutes

Cook Time: 23 minutes

Makes: 16-24 squares, depending on the size you want

Recipe by Beth Goldring

Chocolate Chip Cookies

What You Need (same ingredients as the bars above)

2 ¼ cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup brown sugar, packed

3/4 cup white sugar

1 cup Crisco shortening

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

2 cups chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place parchment paper onto cookie sheets.

  2. Whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda in a bowl. Set aside.

  3. In a mixer, on medium speed, combine the Crisco, brown sugar, white sugar, and vanilla until blended together.

  4. Add one egg at a time. Blend until all incorporated.

  5. On low speed, gradually add the flour mixture until all mixed together.

  6. Remove bowl from mixer and stir in the chocolate chips with a spatula or wood spoon.

  7. Using two teaspoons, scoop out batter with one and push onto the cookie sheet with the other.

  8. Put apx. 20 cookies on each cookie sheet.

  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes until light brown.

  10. Remove from oven and let cool for 2-3 minutes. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack.

Total Prep Time: 20-30 minutes

Cook Time: 8-10 minutes

Makes: 45-50 cookies

Recipe by Beth Goldring

Lemon Bars

What You Need

Crust:

1/2 cup white sugar

1 cup room-temperature butter

2 cups all-purpose flour

Topping:

1 ½ cups white sugar

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 lemons, juiced

4 eggs

General:

Powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  2. For the crust, using a mixer, in a medium bowl, blend together the first crust ingredients until well combined.

  3. Press the crust into an ungreased 9x13 Pyrex dish.

  4. Bake the crust for 15-20 minutes or until firm and golden.

  5. While the crust bakes, prepare the topping.

  6. In another bowl, whisk by hand the sugar and flour. Then, whisk in eggs and lemon juice until well combined.

  7. Once the crust is done, remove it from the oven. Pour the topping over the hot crust.

  8. Return the pan to the oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes.

  9. Remove from oven and cool completely.

  10.  Sprinkle powdered sugar over the top of the cool lemon bars and cut to the size of your liking.

Total Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35-40 minutes

Makes: 16-24 squares, depending on the size you want

Recipe originally from Allrecipes.com

Peach Shortbread Bars

During the summer, while peaches are at their freshest and sweetest, I am always looking for ways to incorporate them into recipes. I was exploring the internet for a cookie bar recipe incorporating peaches, and I found one that looked yummy! I played around with the original recipe and came up with a version that was delicious!

What You Need

1 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature

1 large egg

2-3 peaches, pitted and thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place parchment paper inside a 9x13 Pyrex dish and spray with cooking spray, or spray the pan directly.

  2. Whisk together the sugar, baking powder, flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

  3. Add the egg and butter and mix into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or your fingertips. It will be crumbly.

  4. Place 3/4 of the mixture in the prepared pan and firmly press it down.

  5. Lie the sliced peaches close together over the crust in a single layer.

  6. Sprinkle the remaining shortbread crumbs over the peaches.

  7. Bake for 30 minutes, until the top and edges are slightly brown.

  8. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into squares of any size you want.

Total Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Makes: 20-25 bars

Original recipe from https://smittenkitchen.com/Adapted by Beth Goldring

Simple Sugar Cookies

What You Need

2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 ½ cups white sugar

1 cup softened butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg

Possible topping selections: cinnamon/sugar, mini chocolate chips, rainbow sprinkles, or anything that sounds good to you

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Place parchment paper onto cookie sheets.

  2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and baking powder in a bowl. Set aside.

  3. In a mixer, on medium speed, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla.

  4. On low speed, gradually add in the flour mixture.

  5. Remove bowl from mixer.

  6. With a teaspoon, scoop out some dough, roll it into a ball, and then press the ball into the topping of your choice. Place onto cookie sheets.

  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

  8. Remove from oven and let them cool for 2-3 minutes. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack.

Total Prep Time: 15-30 minutes

Cook Time: 8-10 minutes

Makes: 45-50 cookies

Recipe by Beth Goldring