A Faster Way To Bake Cookies

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How to change just about any cookie recipe into a cookie bar recipe

I like being able to pronounce all the names of the ingredients that go into our bake goods. I also like having a life beyond the kitchen. The solution …… a simple yet faster way to bake cookies.

cookie bars

By pressing a batch of cookie dough into a 9X12 pan I save the time of shaping cookies and I can bake up the entire batch of cookies at one time.

I have tried this out with many types of cookies from the classic chocolate chip to the seasonal sugar cookie and it has worked every time.

In general one batch fills a 9 by 12 pan and takes around 15 to 18 minutes to cook depending on what type of cookie you are baking. My suggestion is to turn your timer on for at least 12 minutes and then pull out the pan and check it if the cookie bar is lightly brown around the edges it is probably done.

Once the batch has cooled for 5 to 10 minutes I then take a knife and cut it into roughly 20 to 30 squares.

If you want you can even take one more  time saving step and make up a double batch of your favorite dough and freeze half of it in a ziploc bag while you bake up the other half.

To bake up the frozen dough simply take it out of the freezer several hours before you want to bake it and then squish it into your 9 by 12 pan and bake.

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  1. A week ago on a Sunday evening I really wanted a cookie and went with the same method with the same thought. I knew a quick bar cookie would be faster, and then I cut them into little triangles for my daughter to use for a tea party. Everyone loved it!

  2. What a great idea!

  3. This is a WONDERFUL idea! Certainly makes baking quicker and easier. We are definitely going to give these a try. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Good idea! I have been known to make some cookie bars especially for an event like a church dinner.

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