Friday, September 18, 2009

Baking Season!

Who Hoo! Today I woke up cold and didn't want to get out of bed. I love that feeling. The crispness in the air, the few leaves that have changed, the jacket I got to pull on when I left the house- Fall is here!

I like fall for so many different reasons- one of the biggest is because it's finally cool enough to turn on the oven and bake!! Last weekend while we were home watching the Michigan game, I tried a new recipe from one of my King Arthur baking bibles and knew I had to share here. If you need a treat for work, a party, school, anything, these are super easy and the best bar cookies I've ever had! B is so impressed with them, and I know they'll be my "go tos" whenever I need something. Try them out; you won't be disappointed!

Ruth Wakefield's Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

2 3/4 c all purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 c unsalted butter, melted
2 1/4 c brown sugar
3 large eggs
2 c chocolate chips (we used 1 c butterscotch chips and 1 c chocolate chips)
1 c chopped pecans or walnuts (we eliminated b/c we don't like nuts in our cookies)

* Preheat the oven to #50. Lightly greats a 10x15 jelly roll pan or a 9x13 pan.
* In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
* In another large bowl, combine the melted butter and brown sugar, stirring until smooth. Allow the mixture to cool slightly. Ad the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the flour mixture, then the chocolate chips and nuts. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.
* Bake the bars for 24-26 min (30-35 min if using the 9x13 pan)


  1. Oooh those bars sound so good! One of my favorite recipes to make in the fall is pumpkin muffins, you can add anything nuts, craisins, chocolate chips and it always tastes wonderful!

    I'll have to try these the next time I'm in a baking mood!

  2. Hooray for fall coming! That recipe looks very tasty! Have a lovely cozy weekend!

  3. Those sound amazing. I just might make them today! Isn't it beautiful in Chicago today?! Oh I just love it!

  4. I love this season too. There's just something about it - the weather's beautiful, there's so much to do...and you're right, it makes me want to bake. I am a fan of the Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chip recipe...but just might have to try this one. PS -- thanks for the recommendations about Home Decorating blogs. They are awesome!!

  5. Yum. Can't wait to try this one. They sound delicious!

  6. Baking and cooking comfort foods are great during the fall! There's something about those wonderful smells, the weather being crisp outdoors and football on the TV. Great memories from childhood!

  7. I love cooking in the fall! Today I have made a few things already and tomorrow I will make even more!

  8. Perfect post... reminder of fall weather, and a delicious dessert to boot!

  9. These sound wonderful! Can't wait to give them a try!!

  10. these sound incredible and this time of the year is just the best, isn't it?!



  11. I just wanted to drop you a note as I am newer to the blogging community. I too am a preppy girl from the state of Ohio (please don't hold it against me that I am a Buckeye fan). I tagged you in my post today. I hope you will consider taking part. Hope you had a great weekend!


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