Need an emergency dessert? Chocolate Chip Squares are easier to make than chocolate chip cookies. You just need some basics + chocolate chips. Clean-up is quick because you mix and bake in the same pan.
Chocolate Chip Squares – serves 8 (adapted from “Help! My Apartment Has a Kitchen”
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips
Place one of the oven racks in the middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
To save time on cleanup, cook and bake in the same container. Place an 8-inch square metal baking pan on a stove burner over low heat and add the butter. As soon as it’s melted, turn off the heat.
Add the two sugars and stir thoroughly. Make sure the pan has cooled down and then add the egg, vanilla, flour, baking powder and salt, and stir until well combined. Mix in the chocolate chips.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the top of the dough has begun to brown and pull away from the sides of the pan.
Remove from the oven and run a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the squares. Cool on a rack. To remove from the pan, cut the baked square in half and then in quarters. Slide a metal spatula under 1 of the quarters and lift out. Repeat for the other quarters. Cut each quarter in half so that you have 8 large oblong pieces. Serve.See all my Cooking Tips!