Chocolate chunk cookie bars

Chocolate chunk cookie bars

It took me a few days to decide whether I wanted to call these Chocolate Chunk Blondies or Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars. Because really, is there a difference? After conducting more Google searches than I'm willing to admit, I've come to the conclusion that there isn't. So I flipped a coin and cookie bars won. I wish I was kidding, but I'm not.

Oh, and here's a view from the side. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to get ready for my coffee date with Cara.

Update: Cara and I bonded over multiple cups of coffee and steel cut oats. And learned that our lives are eerily parallel. Right down to our tiny bladders. Proof (of us meeting, not of our tiny bladders).

CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIE BARS

 

1/4 cup vegan butter
1 cup cane sugar
1 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoons soft silken tofu
1/4 cup almond milk1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoons baking soda

Pinch of baking powder
2 cups unbleached flour
1/2 cup chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a 9x9 metal baking pan with parchment paper; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar, molasses and vanilla extract using a hand mixer on high speed. Beat for 1-2 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Mix in the tofu, milk, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Add the flour and mix just until combined. Using an offset spatula, spread the batter evenly over the prepared pan. Press the chunks into the top of the dough. Bake at 350˚F for 25-30 minutes. Cut into squares and store in an air tight container for up to three days.

Yield: 16 bars