Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with Meringue Topping (Halfway to Heaven Bars)

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are the ultimate holiday dessert! We call these Halfway to Heaven Bars in our house because they are so heavenly delicious. Baking amazing chocolate chip bars has never been easier or more delicious, and they’re topped with a brown sugar meringue for even more flavor. The perfect Christmas dessert!

Chocolate Chip Cookies Bars topped with brown sugar meringue

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars topped with brown sugar meringue…that’s what we like to call Halfway to Heaven Bars, and they’re the perfect holiday dessert!

Halfway to Heaven Bars are all I need in this world. These chocolate chip cookie bars are SO delicious, just the right amount of soft and chewy, and absolutely addicting. They’re super simple (just a thin layer of chocolate chip cookie topped with brown sugar meringue), but they’re a total delight. Heavenly even, hence their name.

These amazing chocolate chip bars are my mom’s recipe, so THANK YOU MOM! You have passed down many great things to me. Your sense of humor, your wacky ways, and your organizational skills (just kidding, I totally didn’t inherit that), but these Halfway to Heaven Bars might be the best thing I have gotten from you. MMM!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are the perfect holiday treat, whether you’re sharing them at a party or just keeping them to yourself on a weekend afternoon. I always look forward to these delicious cookie bars, and you will to once you’ve tried them!

These Halfway to Heaven Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are so easy, so delicious, and so perfect for the holiday season.

A baking pan filled with chocolate chip bars, but into large squares

A stack of "Halfway to Heaven" cookie bars

Halfway to Heaven Chocolate Chip Bars

When I used to live in Florida and would come home for Christmas, I would hope and pray these chocolate chip cookie bars would be on the menu for the holidays. Mom would never disappoint! She makes SO MANY BAKED GOODS for Christmas, my brother and I always make fun of her. But I mean, it’s also amazing and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I mean just look at these amazing chocolate chip bars!

I cut these Halfway to Heaven Bars much larger than they need to be, because I shamelessly thought they photographed better that way. A little goes a long way with these babes, so even a small cookie does the trick. This recipe makes a large amount because you can cut them pretty small, win win! Take some to work, save some for Christmas, hide some away from your kids…you get the idea.

Baking tray filled with chocolate chip cookie bars

A stack of chocolate chip bars topped with meringue

How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

A layer of soft, chewy chocolate chip cookie topped with a layer of sweet brown sugar meringue…is your mouth watering yet?! These chocolate chip cookie bars are so easy to make, and since it makes a pretty big batch, they’re so easy to share too! These Halfway to Heaven bars are the perfect thing to bring to parties, but just as fun to keep around the house for yourself.

How to Make Chocolate Chip Bars:

  1. Mix butter, granulated sugar, & 1/2 cup brown sugar in a stand mixer until creamy
  2. Beat in egg yolks, vanilla, and water
  3. Combine flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder in a separate bowl, then add into the egg/butter mixture
  4. Pat cookie dough into the bottom of a 9 x 13 jelly roll pan, then sprinkle in chocolate chips and press them into the dough
  5. Beat egg whites on high in stand mixer until stiff, then add in brown sugar while mixer is still going
  6. Spread the mixture over the cookie dough
  7. Bake chocolate chip bars for 25-30 minutes at 350°F

Once the chocolate chip cookie bars are done, let them cool completely before cutting and serving. You can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5-7 days.

Chocolate chip cookie bars stacked on top of each other

I hope you all love these Halfway to Heaven Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars as much as we do. They’re so soft, so chewy, and so delicious. The perfect holiday treat!

See the recipe card below for details on how to make Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars. Enjoy!

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