If you’ve been hanging ’round these parts for a while, you know there are an abundance of the following items in our house: chicken, steak, chocolate, bacon, rice, chicken and more chicken. And chocolate chip cookies.

If Mr. How Sweet could eat one food for the rest of his life, it would probably be steak. But if he was granted a second choice, he would wash that steak down with chocolate chip cookies.


And if he was really lucky, he’d stand over the sink shoveling said cookies in his mouth and drinking Diet Coke.

But there are only so many cookies a girl can eat. And trust me, I can eat a lot of cookies.


So I decided to shake things up a bit… but take it slowly. After all, I didn’t need any tantrums. How about presenting Mr. How Sweet with a cake that tasted like a chocolate chip cookie?

With a bit of a salty glaze. Because if there is anything I love more than chocolate and peanut butter, it’s chocolate and sea salt.

Which probably explains why I chased a Snickers bar with three Pringles in my younger years. Courtesy of Mother Lovett’s snack cupboard of course. I started early.

I asked Mr. How Sweet how he felt about the cake bars, and he threw out a few “happy” obscenities that just aren’t appropriate for this family friendly blog. But he did say that they don’t really taste like cake, since he doesn’t love cake. And they obviously aren’t cookies… but they are gooey, almost pastry-like… and really, really delicious.

And they must have been great, because at 10 o’clock on Saturday night, they were gone. Like… completely gone. A mere 10 hours since I had first baked them. We had no guests. We don’t have pets. I guess we just have bottomless pits?


At least I can blame Mr. How Sweet on this one.



Chocolate Chip Cake Bars

slightly adapted from allrecipes

6 tablespoons butter, softened

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

3 eggs

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup milk (I used vanilla almond milk)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350.

Cream butter and sugars in the bowl and of electric mixer. Add vanilla, and add eggs one at a time. In separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt. Add half of the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating with the milk and ending with the dry ingredients. Toss chocolate chips with a tiny bit of flour and them fold them into the batter.

Spray a 13 x 9 cake pan (or baking dish) with non-stick spray. Layer with parchment paper and spray again. Pour batter in pan and spread evenly. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until knife inserted in middle comes out clean.


Salted Chocolate Glaze

8 ounce high-quality chocolate

1/4 teaspoon sea salt (or more if you’d like)

Melt chocolate in a double boiled or in the microwave (in 30 second increments). Stir in sea salt. Pour over chocolate chip cake.


I’ve never been more thankful for our treadmill.

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127 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Cake Bars with Salted Chocolate Glaze.”

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    kristina @ life as kristina — January 18, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    Wow-not only does it look amazing, your pictures are crazy good! I’m about to stick a fork in the computer!

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    • Jessica — January 18th, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

      Thanks!

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      • Baking 'n' Books — January 19th, 2011 @ 2:48 am

        I totally concur with Kristina…actually your TITLE had me. God, chocolate-chips are my nemesis. What are you doing to my waistline?!! Between you and Jenna….I hate you and love you at the same time…Gah! :)

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite — January 18, 2011 @ 11:57 am

    Yum! Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite, so I’m 100% positive I would devour these! Love chocolate & sea salt :)

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    Heather — January 18, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

    Wishing I had scratch ‘sniff on my computer monitor! I love the smell of choc. chip cookies baking…mmmmm.

    I agree, nothing better than salty and sweet together. Dee-lish as usual!

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    VeggieGirl — January 18, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

    **drool**

    **swoon**

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    Hannah — January 18, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

    Jessica, do you now realise that when you post such delights at this time, it’s 11pm here in Australia? And that I’ve already brushed my teeth? And that you give me sugary sugary dreams? (Actually, the last one isn’t bad. Please continue :P)

    Salt = heaven. That is all.

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    • Jessica — January 18th, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

      Ummm at least it’s 7am like it is here! Which is worse?

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    Kristi — January 18, 2011 @ 12:04 pm

    I love chocolate and sea salt…best combination ever!

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    Jess — January 18, 2011 @ 12:04 pm

    WOW, incredible looking recipe!!

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — January 18, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    The Husband could live solely off of chocolate chip cookies as well – I just baked my little heart out yesterday so he could eat some. I’m pretty sure the whole cake thing would go down well though – these look awesome!

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    Victoria (District Chocoholic) — January 18, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

    Now you have me thinking about all things salt and chocolate. Like chocolate salt buttercream frosting. And chocolate salt truffles. And I have to go to work and not make these things.

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    • Jessica — January 18th, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

      I’ve made chocolate truffles with sea salt before. SO good!

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    Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) — January 18, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    Mmm, cake AND cookies in one. :) I love the addition of salt, because I put salt on top of everything. Seriously, everything.

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    Heather — January 18, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    oh man. i am in BIG trouble now…

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    Tiffany @ Conor & Bella — January 18, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    Ooo, my husband would love this. He is obsessed with chocolate chip cookies!

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    Erika @ FoodFitnessFun — January 18, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

    Whoa those look fantastic! That picture with the glaze being poured on is amazing!

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    Tamizn — January 18, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

    Wow those look amazing! I’m so with you on the chocolate and salty stuff, I used to dip salted/salt and vinegar crisps in chocolate mouse : )

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    • Jessica — January 18th, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

      I have always LOVED salt and vinegar chips.

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      • Kim in MD — January 18th, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

        I love salt and vinegar chips, too! They are addicting!

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — January 18, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

    Oh. My. Gosh. That is all I can say right now, I’m speechless.

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    Bethany @Bridezilla Bakes — January 18, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

    That glaze is to die for! Your husband reminds me of my friend’s — we could concoct the fanciest dessert and he just wants chocolate chip cookies. Maybe it’s an inner child thing.

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    Liz @ Blog is the New Black — January 18, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

    Sounds and looks amazing. Love the glaze!

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    Aimee Shugarman — January 18, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

    Looks really good. Now I must go work out because just looking at that made me gain weight!

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    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — January 18, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    Um, yum! I think I gain weight every time I read your blog! This is why I get up every morning and workout!

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    Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl — January 18, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

    Yum! And so pretty too!

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    Erica — January 18, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

    The glaze really puts these puppers over the top! I think I would like this better than cookies :)

    Thank you for the congrats ;)

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    The Blue-Eyed Bakers — January 18, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

    Amazing! Nothing better than a little sweet/salty…these bars look delicious!

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    Lauren at KeepItSweet — January 18, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    I need to make that Salted Chocolate Glaze and start putting it on everything

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    Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen — January 18, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

    Drool!

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — January 18, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

    I’ve actually never tried the sea salt and chocolate combo, but I have no doubts that it would be good. If these were in my home they’d be gone in a second!

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    • Jessica — January 18th, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

      Oh man… you are REALLY missing out. You must try it today!

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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — January 18, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

    Yes, chocolate and sea salt might just be the world’s best combination. Sigh.

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    Gen — January 18, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

    Awesome pictures….you just made me hungry!!!!!

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    Rachel — January 18, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

    OMG… you had me at salted chocolate.

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    Tracy — January 18, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

    Sigh…the salted chocolate sauce sounds SO good. Love these bars!

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    Sarah — January 18, 2011 @ 2:09 pm

    All of your food and all of your recipes make me drool…savory and sweet. Mr. Sweet is one LUCKY man!!

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    brandi — January 18, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

    I would LOVE these, but my husband is not a fan of the salt + chocolate. Guess there would be more for me :)

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    Julie (Food & Other Things) — January 18, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

    The glaze makes the bars look so pretty…they look delicious!

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    Kim in MD — January 18, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

    These look amazing, Jessica! Your photos are stunning!

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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — January 18, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

    Oh wow, these look pretty much amazing!!! I used to not be a big chocolate chip cookie fan, but have recently been converted. Meaning I really, really need to make this :D

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    What Happens After Five — January 18, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

    Oh my goodness, this looks incredible!!

    http://happensafterfive.wordpress.com

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    Heather @ Side of Sneakers — January 18, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

    Will you move in with me?

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    • Jessica — January 18th, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

      Will you feed me bacon?

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    Amanda (Eating Up) — January 18, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

    Oh that last picture is UNREAL! They look amazzzzinggg. *drool*

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    Naomi(onefitfoodie) — January 18, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

    i just stared at the screen for a good 2 minutes. Wow they look delicious!!!

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    Fallon — January 18, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    Delicious!! You saved some calories using the almond milk ;)

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    • Jessica — January 18th, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

      Hahaha! Unintentional… of course.

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    Karly — January 18, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

    These look amazing! Can’t wait to make these for my chocolate chip loving husband!

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    Christina — January 18, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

    I would so eat that for breakfast. I wish I had some right now!

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    MelissaNibbles — January 18, 2011 @ 2:53 pm

    This looks amazing.

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    Alaina — January 18, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

    They remind me of the cookie brownies I get at work. :-) I can’t wait to make these.

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    Maria — January 18, 2011 @ 3:16 pm

    Yum, Yum, Yum!!!

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    Camille — January 18, 2011 @ 3:24 pm

    I am obsessed with salted chocolate! Amazing!

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    Katie — January 18, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

    I grew up eating cookie bars because my mom refused to spend the time to scoop out cookies one by one. Now, I love them so much more than regular cookies and I try to make my regular cookies more cake-like. This is perfect!

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    Casey — January 18, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

    i think you are my evil twin

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — January 18, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

    I have some espresso salt that would be perfect with this!!

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    Shanna, like Banana — January 18, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

    Yummmm. I make something similar and call them blondies because they are so dense, but they are an awesome change from regular ol’ cookies!

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    • Jessica — January 18th, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

      Before I tasted them I thought they’d be like blondies too! But these ones are definitely more cake like and not as dense.

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    EatLiveRun — January 18, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

    It’s 8:00 and I want this for breakfast. Would that be a problem?

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