Circle-Back Bars find a way to circle-back to your fondest childhood memories. There you are, biting into a rich, delicious chocolate chip cookie with all the enthusiasm and joy you could muster… and here you are again, right now, doing the same thing! The brown-sugar sweetness, the melty chocolate chips, the buttery melt-in-your-mouth texture, it’s all here again in bar form! After you eat the first batch, you’ll want to circle back to make more Circle-Back Bars. Nostalgia tastes all the sweeter with these treats.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

Step 1 –Position an oven rack in the middle position.

Step 2 –Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 3 –Put the butter in a microwave safe bowl.

Step 4 –Cover and microwave the bowl on medium power until melted.

Step 5 –Brush the melted butter on the inside of a 9×13-inch pan, using only as much butter as needed.

Step 6 –Cool the remaining butter slightly.

Step 7 –Whisk the remaining cooled butter, the brown sugar, the eggs, and the vanilla in a large bowl until smooth.

Step 8 –Whisk the flour, the baking soda, and the salt together in another bowl.

Step 9 –Stir the dry ingredients mixture into the wet ingredients mixture using a spoon or a spatula, making sure not to overmix. The batter should be thick and all of the flour mixture should be fully incorporated.

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Step 10 –Fold the chocolate chips into the batter.

Step 11 –Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.

Step 12 –Bake until the edges are browned and the center is completely set, about 30 minutes.

Step 13 –Cool the bars completely, about 1 hour.

Step 14 –Cut the bake into 24 bars and serve.