Make a dozen Chocolate Chip Swirl Bars in about 30 minutes! Be warned! These delicious, simple bar cookies are so good, they’re dangerous!
Make a dozen Chocolate Chip Swirl Bars in about 30 minutes! Be warned! These delicious, simple bar cookies are so good, they're dangerous!

Do you enjoy warm chocolate chip cookies? Well, I sure do! If you enjoy them as much as I do, I’m positive you’re going to love these chocolate chip swirl bars! The bar cookies are filled with chopped pecans (or walnuts), and a layer of chocolate chips are swirled through the batter after a minute or two of baking. They are so good!

I originally found this recipe in one of my old cookbooks that was published way back in 2005. The recipe is super simple to prepare, and the results are outstanding! Chocolate Chip Swirl Bars are a decadent treat, that take only about 10 minutes prep to get into the oven. The rest is about 20 minutes of baking time, and then you get to enjoy one (or seven!) of these yummy dessert bars! Here’s how to make them.

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Make The Bar Cookie Dough

First thing you’ll need to do is preheat your oven to 375°F. and spray an 8″x8″ square baking pan with non-stick spray. The dough doesn’t take long to prepare, so you will want your oven hot and ready to go, once it is made. Now you’re ready to mix up the dough for these chocolate chip dessert bars!

Sift together flour, baking soda and salt into a Medium sized bowl, then set the bowl aside. In a separate Large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat softened butter, granulated and brown sugars, vanilla extract and water together until fully combined.

Once combined, use the electric mixer to beat an egg and the flour mixture into the dough, a little at a time, until incorporated. Remove the mixer, and STIR chopped pecans (or walnuts) into the dough until they’re incorporated.

Chopped pecans (or walnuts) are stirred into the prepared dessert bars dough.

Getting Ready To Bake

Evenly spread the dough into the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the entire surface of the dough. Now you’re ready to bake the chocolate chip swirl bars! See how easy it was to get them ready to bake?

Dough for the chocolate chip swirl bars is spread in a greased baking dish.Chocolate chips are sprinkled over the surface of the dough.

Bake The Chocolate Chip Swirl Bars

Place the baking pan into a preheated 375°F. oven and let them bake for ONLY 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and quickly take a butter knife and run it through the dough, creating marbleized “swirls” throughout the dough in the pan.

After creating swirls of softened chocolate chips, put the pan back into the hot oven, and continue baking for 16-18 minutes longer. When done, the top of the chocolate chip swirl bars will be nicely browned, and a toothpick inserted into the top middle should come out free of dough batter (clean).

After baking for 2 minutes, a knife is used to swirl the softened chocolate chips through the dough.Chocolate chips are swirled through the dough, then pan is put back in oven to finish baking.

Remove the pan from the oven once done, and transfer it to a wire rack to cool. The chocolate chip swirl bars will slice easier once they have had several minutes to cool, so make sure to let them “rest” a bit.

Golden brown and firm on top, the chocolate chip swirl bars are removed from oven.Chocolate chip swirl bars, in baking dish, cooling down before slicing.

Serve The Chocolate Chip Swirl Bars

We enjoy these cookie bars best when served slightly warm, but if you prefer them hot OR at room temperature, that is your choice. Either way, when you’re ready to serve, slice the bars into 12 pieces. However, when served warm, the chocolate chips will still be ooey gooey and delicious (just sayin’)!

Serve and enjoy these decadent treats. IF you have any leftovers (notice I said “IF”?), they can be wrapped tightly or placed in a freezer bag or airtight container and frozen for use at a later date. YUM!

The chocolate chip dessert bars are cut into 12 pieces before serving.Four of the chocolate chip swirl bars are served on a white plate.

I hope you have the chance to make these yummy dessert bars for those you love. They’re REALLY delicious! Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you can come back soon for more family-friendly recipes. Take care, have a GREAT day, and may God bless you in all you do.

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Original recipe source: Betty Green, in “Church Suppers”, page 351, published by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers in 2005

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Chocolate Chip Swirl Bars
Prep Time
12 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Make a dozen Chocolate Chip Swirl Bars in about 30 minutes! Be warned! These delicious, simple bar cookies are so good, they're dangerous!

Category: Bar Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chip swirl bars
Servings: 12 bars
Calories Per Serving: 272 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup + 2 teaspoons all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8 Tablespoons butter, softened = 1 stick or ½ cup
  • 6 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon water
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. and spray an 8"x8" square baking pan with non-stick spray.

  2. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt into a medium bowl; set bowl aside. In a separate large bowl, use electric mixer to beat butter, granulated and brown sugars, vanilla and water together until combined. Add egg and reserved flour mixture to the dough, a little at a time, beating until incorporated. STIR chopped pecans (or walnuts) into the dough until incorporated. Evenly spread dough into baking pan. Evenly sprinkle surface of dough with chocolate chips.

  3. Place pan with dough into 375°F. oven and bake dough for ONLY 2 minutes. Remove pan from oven. Take a butter knife and run it through the dough, creating marbleized "swirls" throughout the dough. Put the pan back into oven; continue baking 16-18 minutes longer. Bars should be nicely browned, and a toothpick inserted into the top should come out free of dough (clean). Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool before attempting to slice.

  4. When you're ready to serve (warm or room temperature), slice into 12 bars. Serve and enjoy! NOTE: If you have leftovers, they can be wrapped or placed in a freezer bag or airtight container and frozen for later use.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Chip Swirl Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/12 of total))
Calories 272 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 0.3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 212mg9%
Potassium 130mg4%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 264IU5%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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