Today I made some really simple bar cookies with Older Boy. He was very enthusiastic to help me bake, and he kept talking about them for the rest of the day.
This was a good recipe to make with a young kid since it’s super simple and doesn’t involve a lot of liquids or stuff that can spill. Of course, it does involve baking in a hot oven, though, so an adult should obviously help a child with that step. In any case, he enjoyed helping pour in the ingredients and turning the mixer on and off, and he seemed to have a blast!
I got the basic recipe for these bar cookies from my mom, who got it from her friend Paula. These bar cookies are great because they use a box of cake mix, which takes care of all the dry ingredients. Then you just need to add a half cup of oil, two eggs, two tablespoons of water, and a 12-ounce package of chocolate chips. You can also throw in a half cup of nuts, which I’d definitely recommend.
Then just pop it all into a 9×13-inch pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 30-40 minutes. The recipe called for just 20 minutes but when I checked at that point, they were definitely not yet done.
The resulting bar cookies look like brownies but are drier and a bit crunchy, so indeed they’re more like a cookie. In fact, these turned out a tad dry for my taste, so the cake mix package may have been a bit larger than normal, or it might have needed more oil, butter, or water.
I’ll put the recipe below, or you can find it on its own page here. If you end up making this recipe or any variation on it, let me know what you think. Happy baking!