Chocolate Chip Bars


  • 2/3 cup AP flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 ounces reduced fat cream cheese (1/4 C)
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  • 1. Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly oil an 8x 12" baking pan or coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  • 2. In a mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, swirling the pan, until the butter turns a nutty brown, 30-60 seconds. Pur into a large mixing bowl. Add cream cheese, brown sugar and white sugar. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Add egg and vanilla; beat until well incorporated. Add the reserved dry ingredients and chocolate chips and stir just until combined.
  • 3. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.


  • NOTES:
  • NOTES : A great little sweet and chocolate "pick-me-up" for just 115 calories.
  • SERVINGS: 15
  • SOURCE: The Eating Well Dessert Book

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