Chocolate Chip Crumb Bars

I had a vision last night. Actually, I seem to have them rather frequently lately. My recent nightly visions are of the 4 ft tall variety. The kind that come adorned in Spiderman pajamas, carrying well worn stuffed animals, and who like to climb into bed with you. Which somehow always ends with me taking a knee to the nose or an elbow in my stomach.

My child is not graceful.

So as I was laying in bed, trying to go back to sleep - not an easy task when 40 pounds of knees, elbows and flailing limbs has you in his grasp - I began thinking of food. I've been throwing around variations to my Blackberry Crumble Bars for a while, and last night I really wanted to turn these into a chocolate lovers best friend.

It was simple really. Just swap the berries for chocolate chips, and voila! Chocolate Chip Crumble Bars. These turned out so good. I'm talking lick the pan good. Good thing we have company coming tomorrow, otherwise I would be in trouble if I had these sitting around all to myself.

Chocolate Chip Crumb Bars
Servings: 9 squares   Printable Recipe

Crust & Topping:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/8 tsp salt 
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, chilled

2 eggs
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup sour cream 
6 tbsp flour
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup milk chocolate chips, plus 1 tbsp flour


For crust/topping: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9x9 inch baking pan. Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Cut the butter into 1/2-inch cubes, and add to the flour mixture. Using a fork for pastry cutter, cut the butter in until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Reserve 3/4 cup of the mixture to use as the topping.  Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of the pan, and bake for 10-12 minutes.  Cool for 10-15 minutes.

For filling: Whisk the eggs in a large bowl, then add the white and brown sugar, sour cream, flour, salt and vanilla extract.  Toss the chocolate chips with the tablespoon of flour, this helps prevent the chips from sinking to the bottom. Gently fold the chocolate chips into the batter and pour the mixture over the crust. Scatter the remaining flour mixture evenly over the filling, and bake 35-45 minutes.

Cool for 1 hour before cutting into bars. Serve with fresh whipped cream, cold ice cream, or just eat straight from the pan!Photobucket


Jen @ Savory Simple said...

These look amazing. Your blog is gorgeous!

Jessica@AKitchenAddiction said...

These would be dangerous for me, too! I would totally devour these if no one else was around!

Donna said...

Looks terrific... but I would have to double the recipe if I intended to share with my husband and still get to try them :-)

Cassie | Bake Your Day said...

My best recipe ideas come to me in my dreams, or while I am tossing and turning trying to sleep. This one sounds so amazing!

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious said...

I love your "visions"! And these bars look fabulous! I've been craving some sort of crumb bars for a while now so this looks absolutely perfect!

Belinda @zomppa said...

Oops - flying limbs...I getcha.... Be far better to have these in my dreams...nope, on my plate!

Mel said...

Ok, the bars look but what got me laughing was the kid-in-bed thing. I so hear you on that. I swear I'm going to end up with a black eye or broken nose someday.

Medeja- CranberryJam said...

You see..sometimes it's good to stay sleepless for a while :) you've got such a brilliant idea :D

Yumgoggle said...

Not that I want you to have sleepless nights...but if that means an amazing recipe everytime, I think I am liking it! ;) This is another must try!
Thanks for joining the YUMGOGGLE Gallery. It was more fun and exciting having your pictures...Let's keep connected =)

ally said...

lovely, yummy, brilliant recipe! thank you!

Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet said...

I loved your original crumb bars and I love these! Gorgeous pics as always, Amber!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

These sound so delicious! Yum!

Peggy G. said...

These sound so good! My husband would love them =)

Javelin Warrior said...

These are the first chocolate chip crumble bars I've ever seen and I think I'm in love! Love the texture and they look so delicious... I'm featuring this post in today's Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and thanks always for keeping me inspired with new ideas...

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