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Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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Perfect for bake sales, after school treats, and potlucks, these gluten-free chocolate chip cookie bars will be a hit with all the chocolate lovers! They’re easier and quicker to make than cookies. 

Gluten-free Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars - perfect recipe for potlucks, lunchbox treats or mailing!

So many of you have tried and love my gluten-free chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe, that I thought I’d post a few adaptations of it this year. First up – gluten-free chocolate chip cookie bars!

It’s February and I’m doing Chocolate Month here on the blog! All the rest of the recipes that I’ll be posting this month have chocolate in them. Why? Really, why not? I am a self-proclaimed chocoholic and have sooooo many chocolate recipes to share with you, so I’m super excited about this month! As my schedule allows, I’ll be posting as often as I can to bring them to you! I have five recipes already developed and photos taken along with 3 more that I’m working on, so you might just get a whole lot of recipes this month!

Okay, back to these yummy gluten-free chocolate chip cookie bars. In making these bars instead of cookies, I made a few changes. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had some disappointingly dry cookie bars before. I didn’t want that to happen here, so I increased the butter so that these bars wouldn’t be dry at all. It was a good decision!

Secondly, I used two different sizes of chocolate chips. I wanted to make sure there was a bit of chocolate in every single bite! I used both regular semi-sweet morsels and mini semi-sweet morsels. You could also mix it up by using some milk chocolate and some dark chocolate. But definitely consider including some mini ones for sure. They help make sure that you don’t get a single little bite that isn’t chocolatey!

n-free Chocolate Chip Bars recipe

Notes on ingredients for these gluten-free chocolate chip bars:

  • Flour: tested successfully with Gluten Free Mama’s Almond Blend and Cup4Cup. Other varieties of flour that are not only rice based should work okay in these. With the two I recommended, there isn’t any grittiness. I can’t guarantee that with your favorite blend, but do feel free to try it!
  • The cream cheese is a key ingredient here. Don’t skip it!
  • So is the butter. Mmm, butter.
  • Chocolate chips: for good chocolate chips that are easy to find at most grocery stores, I love Guittard semi-sweet chocolate baking chips. They are made in a gluten-free, and peanut-free facility. If you’d like chocolate chips that are certified gluten-free as well as top 8 free, I love and recommend Enjoy Life semi-sweet chocolates available as mini chips or mega chunks.

I like sprinkling a few more chips on them for the last couple minutes of baking for that shiny, slightly melted look like you see in the pictures above. If you’d like that too, just reserve some of the chocolate chips called for in the recipe. However, if you’re wanting to pack these up to mail to someone, I’d skip the chocolate chips on top so they aren’t so messy. Here’s what they look like without the chocolate chips added to the top:

Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Bars recipe perfect for potlucks, lunchboxes and shipping!

These would be a fun treat to bring to share at a potluck or to mail to a loved one. Let me know if you make them and what flour you used!

Oh, and if you want to make some fun Valentine’s treats, make sure you check out these Valentine’s gluten-free chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches!

Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Bars Recipe:

Yield: 24 bars

Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Gluten-free Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars - perfect recipe for potlucks, lunchbox treats or mailing!

All the yummy flavor of my chewy gluten-free chocolate chip cookies in a much easier, quicker bar cookie form!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 13 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups (~282 grams) good all-purpose gluten-free flour blend
  • 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum*
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, room temp
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 egg yolks (room temp)
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup additional semi-sweet chocolate chips for topping if desired

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together gluten-free flour, xanthan gum (unless flour blend already has xanthan or guar gum), baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, place the cream cheese, then pour melted butter over it. Add brown sugar and sugar and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. (I use the paddle attachment on my mixer.)
  3. Add vanilla extract and egg yolks (one at a time) mixing on low-medium speed until well mixed.
  4. Add the flour mixture that you set aside earlier, beating on low until just combined.
  5. Add both sizes of chocolate chips and mix on low or by hand, just until mixed thoroughly.
  6. Spread into lightly greased 9x13 metal pan. Bake in preheated 350˚ oven for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle with additional 1/4 cup of chocolate chips and return to oven for 2-3 more minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and place pan on cooling rack. Let cool before cutting. (Note, to save your pan from getting scratched up, I like to use a plastic knife to cut the bars.)
  8. You can cut these whatever size you'd like of course, anywhere from 12 big bars to 24 smaller ones. Enjoy!

Notes

*omit xanthan gum if gluten-free flour blend has xanthan or guar gum already

Pin this to your Gluten-free Desserts board on Pinterest:

Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars recipe. My kids loved these for an after school snack!

I hope you love these! Let me know if there’s another gluten-free bar cookie you’d like me to have a recipe for!

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Mary Earl

Friday 19th of June 2020

There's one BIG problem with this recipe... it makes too many bars!! LOL This is the best recipe! Thank you!

LINDA J DONOVAN

Friday 29th of May 2020

can you freeze these?

sarbear

Thursday 13th of February 2020

Do all the ingredients need to be room temp just like as in your choc. chip cookie recipe?

Katie

Saturday 16th of November 2019

Just made these with the kiddos. We used krusteaz cup4cup. This was our first try at gluten free anything and they are so good. Not a crumb left. A keeper!

JValentine

Friday 29th of March 2019

I haven’t tried these yet as they are still cooling but when I pulled them out of the oven they were like jello... I am a bit nervous it’s not cooked on the inside. I’m new to the GF world and in need of a cookie fix. Hopefully it sinks a little and doesn’t jiggle as much when I finally cut into them. ????