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Chocolate as medicine

October 6, 2006

Yesterday Justin stayed home from work, sniffling and aching and generally just feeling sick. He was medicated all day, but I decided to give him a dose of some chocolate lovin’…and I think it worked.

These little bars taste just like my favorite chocolate chip cookie, but they’re much easier to make. They’re crispy on the edges, chewy in the middle, and full of chocolate and nuts. I highly recommend them when you’re short on time (or groceries) and need a little chocolate boost.

Have a great weekend!

Chocolate Chip Squares

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat oven to 350ËšF. Spray a 9×9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. In a small bowl, stir or whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and beat well. Gradually add the flour mixture, blending well after each addition. Stir in the chocolate chips and chopped nuts. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the top is firm, the edges are just golden and pulling away from the sides of the pan, and a toothpick inserted in the center of the pan comes out clean. Let the pan cool completely on a wire rack. Run a sharp knife around the edge of the pan, then cut into 16 squares.

Makes 16 cookies.

Source: The Four-Sided Cookie by Lorraine Bodger.

Note: We didn’t wait until they were cool. :)

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7 Discussion to this post
  1. sally says:

    Oh yes, the best kind of medicine!

  2. Joe says:

    What better medicine that a dose of chocolate cookies in easy to eat bars! Hmm… maybe I’ll come down with something so I could make these once the kitchen it put back together!

  3. kickpleat says:

    wow, that looks like the most comforting bar! i’m so not used to working full time away from home so i think i’ll be needing the comfort of chocolate and nuts very soon. this recipe will be a keeper and a true friend, i’m sure :)

  4. Vidya says:

    Hope he’s feeling better! And I’m sure your chocolate goodies would work on me too! Hope to see you at my dance show!

  5. connie says:

    you don’t have to convince me. chocolate is food.

  6. connie says:

    i mean, chocolate is medicine. someone was talking to me while i was typing, so i typed ‘food’ which is what they were saying.

    ever have that happen to you?

    …yeah

  7. Pearl says:

    That sounds like good medicine. :) think I’l doctor myself with a prescription.

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