Studded with chocolate chips and topped with a brown sugar meringue, Halfway to Heaven Bars are simply dreamy. Elevate classic cookie bars with this easy homemade recipe!
Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Homemade halfway to heaven bars are all I need in this world. When I used to live in Florida and traveled home for Christmas, I would hope and pray these chocolate chip cookie bars would be on the menu for the holidays.
A family-favorite recipe, these cookie bars feature a thin layer of cookie dough topped with chocolate chips and a brown sugar meringue. The combination is truly delightful – heavenly, even!
Simple to prep and quick to bake, keep this cookie bar recipe on hand for whenever you need an incredible from-scratch dessert. I love making these bars for cookie exchanges, potlucks, and parties. The crackly meringue topping always impresses a crowd!
Why You’ll Love this Cookie Bars Recipe:
- SIMPLE: Made with basic baking ingredients, this 2-part recipe comes together quickly and easily.
- LAYERED: These bars are a texture lover’s dream with 3 heavenly layers to love – a chewy cookie base, sweet chocolate chips, and a brown sugar meringue.
- A HIT: Whenever I bring a batch of halfway to heaven bars to parties and cookie exchanges, everyone always asks for the recipe. Be prepared!
Give chocolate chip cookie bars an upgrade with this homemade recipe.
How to Make Halfway to Heaven Bars
Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!
- Make the cookie dough.
- Press the cookie dough into a jelly roll pan.
- Top with chocolate chips.
- Make the brown sugar meringue and spread it on top.
- Cool, slice, and serve.
Halfway to heaven bars are part cookie, part meringue, and totally decadent! The base of these bars is a layer of cookie dough topped with chocolate chips and fluffy meringue.
Bake these bars in a 9×13-inch jelly roll pan. If you don’t have a jelly roll pan, a 9×13-inch baking dish works, too.
Yes! Use 12 ounces of your favorite kind of chocolate chips (or a combination) – semisweet, milk, dark, mini, or white chocolate chips are all delicious options.
Store leftover cookie bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. I don’t recommend freezing these bars as the meringue topping does not freeze and thaw well.
To make a half batch of halfway to heaven bars, simply halve all of the ingredients and follow the recipe as written. Use an 8×8-inch pan and bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes or until the top is light brown and the meringue is set and cooked.
Serving Halfway to Heaven Bars
A little goes a long way with these bars so even a small serving satisfies a sweet tooth. Typically, I can get about 24 bars out of a single batch – perfect for holiday treats, sharing with neighbors or coworkers, and for family dinners. Easy to make and easy to share!
More Easy Dessert Recipes We Love
Sweeten any day with homemade halfway to heaven bars!
More Bar-Style Desserts to Try:
- Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blondies
- Salted Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
- Raspberry Chocolate Coconut Bars
- Snickers Cookie Bars
- Cranberry Bliss Bars
- Homemade Brownies
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