Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with Cookie Dough Frosting

My days off never go as planned.

I think that, in theory, days off sound like they’ll be a day off, but really, they’re not.

Usually, mine go to baking (the only time in the week I can), then photographing, then blogging, then… dishes. And while I love baking and blogging, on a day off after working 5 days at my real job, it’s just more work sometimes.

Except I can drink on the job. And eat. And I don’t have to put on a nice face for the public. Or uh, any face. Or real clothes (no makeup and yoga pants, I’m talking to you).

I always say “today I’m going to do NOTHING!!” and everyone’s all “good for you” and “way to go!” and stuff, but it. never. happens. It’ll start off promising, but I’ll inevitably find a need to vacuum the house before I can relax, and right as I’m about to sit down I’m like HOMAIGAWD, is that dust? And then promptly dust everything in sight. And then I realize I have to get Mannie dog food. And then I spend a stupid amount of time on the computer reading blogs or stuff like this.

So in other words, I’m a bad day-off taker. And I think that, in addition to my two days off a week, I should get an additional day off to actually have a day off, you know? To catch up on my new novel which I’ve sadly put off longer than normal. To see what the hell Tyra is doing on this season of America’s Next Top Model. To not freak out if I forgo mascara for a day (this seriously happens).

On not baking, but fully and guiltlessly indulging on bars like these. Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with Cookie Dough Frosting. Yep.

Open wiiiiiiiiide.

UPDATE! This recipe has given some readers a headache. I’ve updated and reformulated the recipe HERE. I apologize for the inconvenience! 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with Cookie Dough Frosting *adapted from Picky Palate’s Oatmeal White Chocolate Cookie Dough Bars recipe 

For Bars:
1 stick butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

For Cookie Dough Frosting:

1 stick butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup brown sugar
About 3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup miniature chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease an 8×8″ baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugars with an electric mixer until creamy, about a minute. Add the egg + vanilla extract to combine.
3. Add in the flour, salt and baking soda to combine, mixing slowly. Lastly, stir in the chocolate chips by hand.
4. Spread the mixture into the prepared pan in an even layer. Bake until golden and just set in the center, about 23-27 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan completely while you prepare the frosting.

Cookie Dough Frosting

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, vanilla and brown sugar until creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy. You kind of want it on the softer side (think cookie dough!) rather than stiff icing. Stir in the miniature chocolate chips.
2. Spread the frosting evenly on top of the cooled cookie bars. Pop the bars in the fridge for about 10 minutes or so to set the frosting.
3. Cut into squares and serve! This makes about 9 bars if you cut ’em big like I did, but you could certainly cut them smaller (they’re rich, so you may want to). Store leftovers airtight in the fridge, up to 2 days.

If you’re a cookie dough fiend, these bars are for you. The cookie base is totally rich and delicious, and then I went all crazy-girl and slathered on cookie dough frosting which makes these bars over-the-top, insanely scrumptious. You need to try them!

Have a fantastic Thursday!

xo, Hayley

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  1. Jenny has awesome recipes and I love what you did with these – wow, I’m hungry! And that frosting! Yes it sounds fab!

  2. Chocolate chip bliss is what these are!! If I could sandwich myself between the base and the frosting I’d be in heaven! I’d my way through the buttery cookie layer and then work up to that creamy, sweet frosting! Yeah, days off are total misnomers. We really should call them ” I’ve procrastinated now I need to get crap done days!”

  3. I need these

  4. This look delicious!!!! My kids love cookie dough, they would go crazy for this!

  5. my baking/blogging uniform is yoga pants and tank top and ugg slippers. sometimes polka dot fuzzy socks! and my favorite baking recipe of choice must include cookie dough obviously!! So good Hayley. I loved seeing and drooling over Jenny’s recipe and now yours :)

  6. These made my week! Now if only I could eat one right now. . .

  7. Oh holy crap. These? Are AMAZING. I want to swim in that frosting. Badly.

  8. YUM! I’m also a bad day-off taker so I completely understand. But if the results of your not-really-day-off are these bars, then i approve!

  9. Um. I need these. Cookie and cookie dough. Best of both worlds! Why oh why can’t we be neighbors?

  10. Cookie dough frosting?!?! Omg my sister will die when she sees this! Thanks for the recipe!!!

  11. A day off? What’s that? :-) And oh boy, after the week I’ve had, I could use a few days off AND a huge pan of these. Seriously amazing!

  12. These look insanely delicious! My sister is the cookie dough queen and she is coming to visit this week so I just might have to make these for her!

  13. omg, this is like using the ingredients to make the cookie bars and making them INTO the brilliant and so delicious!

  14. mmmmm – sounds amazing!

  15. I just put these in the oven, the dough was all crumbly, not spreadable at all. Hopefully they turn out okay. I checked the ingredients 4 times.

    • Thy ended up turning out very dry. The edges are hard as a rock and I only baked it for 20 minutes. The frosting turned out fine. Do you have any idea where I went wrong? I’d love to attempt these again.

      • Hey Marybeth! Sorry to hear they didn’t turn out up to par. I’m not sure what went wrong without being there, but next time, try adding a bit more butter if you’d like. The dough should be soft but somewhat stiff; not too crumbly (like normal cookie dough). However, next time, you could always sub your favorite cookie dough recipe and bake it in the pan–just adjust your cooking time as necessary and pull it out just when the center has set. The cookies will continue to cook in the pan even after you’ve removed it. Sorry for the trouble! Thanks for your comment!

      • I just tried this recipe, and I had the same problem with the dough being way too crumbly and being way too dry. I may try again with more butter or another egg. I’m glad I’m not the only one!

  16. Would refridgerated cookie dough work? I have a last minute get together and need something easy and fast!

  17. My 1st batch was crumbly & the frosting I had to roll onto the cookie & it was like eating concrete! I made my 2nd batch last night. I omitted some flour for a softer dough & then only used 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar in my frosting instead of almost 3 cups. Both cookie & frosting turned out to be the best! I just had to play with it a little the 2nd time around…WELL WORTH IT. Will be making this again as the whole pan is already gone!

    • The Domestic Rebel says:

      Hey Carrie! Sorry you ran into troubles the first time around, but glad you finally tweaked it to perfection the second! I’ll keep that in mind next time I make these, too.

  18. Probably won’t make these again. I havent even tasted them yet…..I wish i would of read through all the comments first, and ommited some of the powdered sugar in the frosting.

  19. exactly how much is a stick of butter? i’d like to try this recipe but i’m not sure if the butter we buy would be too much to use the whole thing.

  20. Hi, Hayley,
    I love your site and have created many of your sweets for my family (who all love that I found you!). I got the email for the redo of these bars, but the link won’t work for me to pin or anything. I tried to Google the title, but the old post is the only one that shows up. I’m sure I’m not the only one who would like to share this on Pinterest!
    Thanks so much for your great site and recipes!

    • Hi Laura! Yes, I did redo the Choc Chip Bars and have them ready to go tomorrow, but in a human error I neglected to change the date so they went to publish on January 1 2012 rather than 2013 :) oops! I know a bunch of you guys had some issues with the bars and I wanted to take the time to reformulate the recipe in hopes you’ll have better success with the updated version. I’ll go ahead and publish the recipe today so you can get baking if you so desire! Thanks for your sweet comment and understanding! Happy New Year, Laura!

      • Thanks, Hayley! Why is it that a computer just can’t read our minds. WE know what we want it to do, right? I am pretty good at forgetting attachments. :)
        Thanks for the answer. I intend to make these (with the updates) for my family tonight!
        Happy New Year!

  21. WOW! I made these yesterday & omg soooo good!!! Will definately make them again!!!!

  22. I made these and my kids LOVED them. They are EXTRA picky so having all 4 like one thing is practically unheard of. I did find the recipe to be crumbly but I put it in a gallon sized zip loc and continued to kneed and it came together with time.

  23. So yummy! I added 1 tbsp milk, 1/3 c of white flour and 1/2 tsp salt to the icing to give it more of a dough texture.

  24. I loved these! I am 15 and I wanted something to make just for the fun of it, I only put in 1 cup of powder sugar because it was so much and we also didn’t have any baking soda (oops) so i didn’t put that in.. but they tasted so amazing! I made them at night and when I woke up in the morning it was all gone and my brother and dad were begging me to make more! It’s been about a month since the last time i made them and I’m going to remake them right now, just thought i would comment and let you know! :)

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi Carlie! Awesome, I am so glad everyone loved them! These disappeared quickly at my house, too :) just make sure to hoard some for yourself this time! Happy baking, girlie!

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