6 Ultimate Best Ever Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar Recipes To Make This Week

Six of the best chocolate chip cookie bars ever. If your family loves warm gooey chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven, then they are going to go crazy over these super quick and easy chocolate chip bars baked in a pan and ready to eat in a flash.

Fall is the official start of the baking season to me. Of course, to me, the fall season also means that instead of searching for miracle summer diets and having nightmares over trying on bathing suits, I now get to relax and search for fun fall crafts for kids to make!

One of the best easiest desserts to start off the baking season are soft chewy chocolate chip cookie bars. They are so much easier to make than regular traditional chocolate chip cookies where you have to scoop individual spoonfuls of cookie dough onto the cooking sheet. (does that sound a little over-board complaining-ish?? Yikes.)

But seriously, making a 9x13 pan of chocolate chip bar cookies is quick and easy, especially when time is short. Plus they make the perfect treat to share while making fun crafts with kids or a special after-school surprise for the kids.

Mix the ingredients in a bowl and spread the cookie dough in a baking pan, and bake. Cut the cookies into squares and enjoy!! Easy Peasy.

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These are six of my favorite chocolate chip cookie bar recipes. These cookie bars are mouth-watering delicious. But remember, no mention of healthy recipes were made in this post. Mmmkay??)

Ultimate Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars 

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Oozing chocolate has never looked so good, am I right?? These truly decadent chocolate chip cookie bars are made with sugar, vanilla, and Semi-sweet chocolate chips. And a couple of other basic ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Use a 9x13 pan for cookie bars if you have one (this size is perfect if you want to make a double batch) or an 8x8 square pan will also work for this recipe.

M&M Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars 

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If you want to surprise your kids with an extra special after school snack, make these easy chewy m&m cookie bars (In October, switch out the regular m&ms with Halloween m&ms, for a fun Halloween treat.)

All you need to make this quick and easy chocolate chip bars recipe is one mixing bowl, one 13x9 inch baking dish ( lined with parchment paper or foil) and a few ingredients (which may already be in your pantry.)

Use holiday m&ms to turn this recipe into a super easy Christmas cookie bars recipe as well!

Decadent Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars With Cream Cheese

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Imagine biting into one of these lusciously delicious chocolate chip cookie cheesecake bars? You are doing it right now, right??

To be clear, we are not talking so much about the healthy stuff here, mmkay??

Because these heavenly cookie bars are made with cream cheese and chocolate chips.

Oh yeah. Let me just say that this delicious easy dessert recipe is pretty much guaranteed to make you a kitchen hero in your family.

Best of all, you can make these moist chocolate chip bars easily and quickly with just a few ingredients and a 9x9 baking dish.

If you are really in a hurry and are looking for super fast and easy dessert recipes for the family, then you could check out these unbelievable quick and easy two-ingredient dessert recipes.

Soft Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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So maybe I lied, just a little. Because oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bar recipes are actually a little bit healthy after all. It is kind of like getting the best of both dessert worlds. A little bit healthy, and a little sweet and decadent.

These deliciously soft and chewy  chocolate chip cookie bars are just like old fashioned oatmeal cookies (sans the raisins) except there is no need for a million little baking steps (I exaggerate, but you know what I mean.)

The beauty of making easy cookie bar recipes.

Nestle Toll House Cookie Bars Recipe

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If you have not had the chance to make Nestle's Toll House cookie bars yet, you should probably put this at the top of your "to try baking list."  Traditional toll house cookie bars are baked in a 9x13 inch pan and then cut into squares.

But if you do not have one handy, no worries. This easy chocolate chip pan cookie recipe uses a 15x10 pan and they are every bit as delicious.

Sweet Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars With Cereal

Who would have thought that simple cereal bars could become decadently delicious desserts? This chocolate chip cereal bar recipe made with cereal uses not one but TWO kinds of chocolate chips, chocolate caramel nougat candy bars, and almonds.

I did mention that these desserts may have not so necessarily healthy stuff, right?

Fun and So Not Scary Halloween Books Preschoolers and Toddlers Are Going To Love This Fall

10 fun Halloween books for kids, toddlers, and preschoolers that are not scary. These cute kids books for Halloween with their sweet and silly characters make great bedtime stories for kids ages 3 and up. Best of all, these are Halloween books adults will love just as much as the kids do!

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My boys are older and love just about everything scary when it comes to Halloween. But that was certainly not the case when they were little munchkins. My older son (they are just two years apart) really did not like scary stuff at all when he was young. So we tended to keep our Halloween decorating fun instead of scary. Even the Halloween cupcakes the kids would help make were cute. (Is there even a such a thing as a  scary cupcake though??)

Which was never a problem for me since I also prefer fun over scary as well. So with fun in mind, I put together a list of the 10 best Halloween books for preschoolers and toddlers (based on parent reviews) that are perfectly silly, happy, giggle-worthy and most of all FUN, not scary. for your little munchkins!

And check out our ideas for some easy Halloween crafts for kids to make that are fun, pumpkin-themed and perfect for the fall season.

Snowmen At Halloween is the number one new 2019 release Halloween book for kids this year and even though the release date for this book is August 20, you can pre-order Snowmen at Halloween now on Amazon.

This cute Halloween book follows the snowmen's adventures after the kids have gone to bed. This looks to be a sweet totally not scary book for preschoolers.

Pre-Order Snowmen At Halloween on Amazon ($12.99 for the hardcover, or get the Kindle version of this book for $10.99)

Even the witch is not scary in this cute Halloween book for kids (you can tell by looking at her smile!) This Halloween book is a long-standing favorite of parents and kids. It follows the adventures of a not so scary witch and her pet cat. Along their travels, the kind witch and her cat meet new animal friends who help the witch and her cat when they need it the most. A fun Halloween story about friendship and helping others.

Witch on a Broom is an award-winning children's book authored by Julia Donaldson. You can order Witch on a Broom on Amazon (where it has a 5-star rating!)

Fun ghosts, cute monsters, and goofy witches enjoy a fun night before Halloween in The Night Before Halloween. This is a great rhyming book for toddlers and preschoolers (but I think even older kids up to 8 or so will love reading this cute Halloween book as well!)

The Night Before Halloween is written by award-winning children's author, Natasha Wing, who has authored a very popular series of "The Night Before" books for kids.

You can order The Night Before Halloween on Amazon (also a five-star rating) for under $5)

The Littlest Witch is also a new children's book for Halloween 2019, released just this summer. The book follows the adventures of a little witch named Wilma as she tries to find her place in her family's Halloween celebration (which includes a big broom-flying demonstration.) Wilma worries she may be too little yet to fly with her family, although she knows the routine by heart.

The Littlest Witch follows author Brandi Dougherty's The Littlest Mummy. Wilma gets help in her quest to fly with her family from her friend, Mae The Mummy.

You can order The Littlest Witch on Amazon now ( $4.99 paperback or $2.99 Kindle)

Pumpkin Soup is a children's classic Halloween story that is perfect for a bedtime book to read with your kids this fall, particularly after a trip to your local pumpkin patch! Pumpkin Soup tells the story of 3 animal friends who make pumpkin soup the same way every day. But one day Duck decides he would like to stir the soup instead of adding the salt to the soup. This causes an argument among the three friends. In the end, they come to realize their friendship is more important than anything else, and the story ends happily.

Pumpkin Soup also has wonderful illustrations to go along with the cute story of friendship. You can order the paperback version of Pumpkin Soup on Amazon for $7.99

Sandra Boynton's Spooky Pookie is a fun Halloween board book for 2,  3 and 4-year-olds, but really, I think even kindergarteners will enjoy this fun book. Pookie has a dilemma trying to figure out which Halloween costume to wear. Toddlers will love seeing the costumes Pookie tries on, one by one until Pookie figures out just what to wear for Halloween.

You can order Spooky Pookie on Amazon now for $5.75 (it is a sturdy board book that toddlers can look at over and over again!)

Another fun Halloween book for toddlers from Sandra Boynton. Eek! Halloween is a toddler-friendly board book with silly fun rhymes children will love hearing read aloud.

You can order Eek! Halloween! on Amazon now ($6.67)

It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse! is more about fall and pumpkins than about Halloween. Actually, the word Halloween is not mentioned in the story at all. Instead, this fun toddler book is more about celebrating the fall season and pumpkins! It is a cute story featuring the familiar Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

Get It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse Board book on Amazon now for $6.39

Where's My Mummy?  is a fun bedtime story to read to children. Baby Mummy is adorable as he tries to find ways to get out of going to bed. So Mama Mummy agrees to play one game of hide-and- shriek before bed. As baby mummy looks for mama, he finds gently spooky but silly funny characters.

Where's My Mummy is a cute Halloween book for preschoolers through first grade (and older kids too!), and has received praise from parents for the amazing illustrations on every page. This is the kind of book that little ones love to have read to them over and over again!

You can order Where's My Mummy? on Amazon now. ($7.99 Hardback)

Bonaparte Falls Apart is a wonderful picture book for preschoolers that helps them understand about friendship, school and helping each other. This story is about a cute skeleton who finds himself falling apart, literally. He needs help from his friends. Luckily his friends, Franky Stein, Black Widow, and Mummicula all have some ideas to help put Bonaparte back together. But will their ideas help Bonaparte be confident and ready for the first day of school?

Order Bonaparte Falls Apart on Amazon now ($12,59 Hardback)

10 Kids Halloween Cupcakes That are Spooky Fun to Eat

Cute kids Halloween cupcakes that children will gobble up in no time.  From sweet monster cupcakes to creepy wormy cupcakes, kids will love all of these spooky Halloween treats!

Looking for spooky fun activities for kids? Check out our post on Cute Halloween Crafts for Toddlers and Kids To Make

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1. Fun Skeleton Halloween Cupcakes

These cute cupcakes are easy to make, even though they may look tricky. You can use store-bought cupcakes for this recipe, or use your favorite cupcake recipe and bake your own. Either way, these fun Halloween skeleton cupcakes are easy to decorate using white frosting, yogurt mini-pretzels, marshmallow (for the skeleton head) and a lollipop stick.

Get the recipe at Woman's Day

2.  Halloween Polka Dot Cupcakes

Quick and easy Halloween cupcakes kids will love. Use store-bought cupcakes to save time, or bake cupcakes using a box of chocolate cake mix.

To keep it simple, just use vanilla frosting and food coloring to get the orange and black colors for frosting the cupcakes.

Add orange and black candies to the top of the cupcakes in fun Halloween colors. Skittles, M&M's, or even Reese's Pieces should work.

Get the recipe at Betty Crocker

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3. Witches Brew Cupcakes

These fun cupcakes are so much easier to make then you might think at first glance. Because they are so darn cute, right?? But really, these cauldron looking cupcakes with frothy green Witches Brew bubbling out of them are made with just a couple of ingredients (and lots of imagination, if I may add)

Bake your own cupcakes or not (what is shared here on the blog stays on the blog, don't ya know?!) Then make your green icing  (you can use vanilla frosting and try a safe food coloring product like Wilton Gel Based Food Color or get the exact frosting recipe used in these cupcakes over at the House of Yumm). The trick is loading up the cupcakes with extra frosting, so the effect is similar to "witches brew" bubbling out of a Calderon.

Then all you need to do is top cupcakes with green gumballs in different sizes ( Amazon has these green candy gumballs that will work perfectly.)

4. Chocolate Pumpkin Witch Cupcakes

Chocolate Pumpkin cupcakes are magically turned into adorable witch cupcakes in this recipe. Well, with a little help from ice cream cones that have been covered in melted chocolate and luscious homemade creamy hazelnut frosting!

Get the recipe at Woman's Day

5. Sweet Monster Cupcakes

Sweet monster cupcakes for toddlers and preschoolers are adorable (and so not scary.) But really, these easy Halloween cupcakes will bring smiles to older kids and adults for that matter! Seriously, how cute are those eyes and the cotton candy hair?? Yep, these cupcakes are topped with cotton candy!

Get the directions for these sweet monster cupcakes at The Novice Chef

6. Wicked Witch Legs Cupcakes

Super easy and fun cupcakes to make for kids Halloween parties. All you need are chocolate cupcakes that you make from a cake mix, frosting, and straws. The wicked witch boots are just cut from black construction paper!

Even if you do not have Halloween colored straws or green frosting, this easy cupcake recipe can easily become Halloween cupcakes just by adding the witch shoes.

Get the directions at Your Cup of Cake

7.  Pumpkin Cupcakes

Every Halloween party needs cute pumpkin cupcakes, right? And these little pumpkins come with a tootsie roll stem! And since pumpkins fit in with Thanksgiving as well, this recipe can do double duty and become cute Thanksgiving cupcakes.

Get the Directions at Mom Loves Baking

8. Mummy Cupcakes

These cute mummy cupcakes are perfect if you need a last-minute treat for a Halloween party. A box of chocolate cake mix and vanilla frosting are the two main things needed to make these Halloween cupcakes.

To do the mummy wrap with the frosting, a flat frosting tip (#45) will do the trick, and for the googly eyes you could use candy or if you like, try Wilton googly candy eyes (under $3 at Amazon).

Get the Directions at Sugar and Charm

9. Spooky Halloween Cupcakes For Kids 

What is better than letting kids make their own spooky cupcakes this Halloween?? And it gives busy mamas a little break.

Just bake a batch of cupcakes ( chocolate, vanilla or yellow cake mix). After the cupcakes have cooled, let kids have fun decorating their own cupcake.

Have chocolate and vanilla frosting ready, as well as some fun candy for decorations and any other cupcake toppers you feel like providing ( like say, plastic spiders).

Use chocolate wafers to make the bat wings on cupcakes. And for the chocolate details on the ghost cupcakes, those small tubes of chocolate icing at the stores should be perfect for little hands.

Get more cupcake decorating tips for kids at Recipes From a Pantry

10. Spooky Wormy Cupcakes

Creepy crawly gummy worms appear to be crawling out of the mud on these awesome fun Halloween cupcakes. The chocolate frosting is inside the cupcake and oozes out of the top of the cupcake. Just bake the cupcakes and let cool. Then carefully make a hole from the top center of the cupcake down to the bottom of the cupcake.

To pipe the chocolate frosting inside the cupcake, spoon frosting into resealable snack-sized plastic baggies. Seal the bag and cut a 1/2-inch hole in the bottom corner of the bag.

Pipe frosting inside each cupcake and place a gummy worm on top so it looks like it is slowly creeping out of the mud.

Get the Directions at Pillsbury.com

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