TikTok Made Me Bake It - Cookie Dough Bars

17 Feb 2021

I haven't baked from scratch in what feels like a lifetime, and while I've done the odd collab with Betty Crocker on Instagram, it's just not the same as doing the whole weighing out thing that you get when baking without a kit. I've wanted to bake properly, but since starting a new job and feeling a bit rubbish about how much weight I've put on in lockdown, it hasn't been my top priority. That was until I discovered baking TikTok!

It's rare that I ever go on TikTok and when I do, it's to look at content marketing tips (like a little saddo), but we like to watch on Matthew's phone and he started getting lots of baking videos on his feed. We started making a habit of liking the ones that we thought looked delicious and easily achieved, with the intention of baking them one day. And lo and behold, the day has finally come where I give a recipe a try!

So today, I'm sharing my attempt at cookie dough bars, following a recipe from fitwaffle. I chose this to start with because it looked pretty simple - just a normal cookie mixture - and who doesn't like a bit of cookie dough? The video also made the bars look incredibly indulgent and gooey, so it was at the top of my list. And this is how I got on!

Mine definitely weren't as good as the video batch and I'd like to blame the oven for this. I've always said that our oven is dodgy and is hotter than the setting you put it on. You can see that my cookie dough bars are quite brown on top and the chocolate chips kind of sank in, whereas the bars in the video were fairly light in colour and you could still see the chocolate chips on top. I didn't even have my bars in for as long as the recipe suggested because I could see how brown they were going! Big fail on that aspect.

As for texture, mine kiiiiinda looked like the bars from the video, but the corner pieces had a sort of cakey consistency around the edge. It was still really scrumptious, if I do say so myself, but the ones in the video had no sort of cakey areas. I did manage to get the gooeyness bang on though! The central piece was so soft and it oozed with chocolatey goodness. I was worried that they were a bit underdone because they'd been in for less time than recommended, but once they'd cooled properly, the gooeyness firmed up slightly, but still retained some softness, so I knew it was bang on.

You can either watch the video to follow the recipe for yourself or use the steps below.

You will need:
225g unsalted butter, softened
150g light brown soft sugar
75g granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
270g plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon salt
400g milk chocolate chips

  1. Preheat your oven to 160c fan/180c and grease and line a 23cm square tin with greaseproof paper.
  2. In a large bowl. beat the unsalted butter and sugars together until creamy and combined.
  3. Add the eggs into the bowl one at a time, beating the mixture between each one until fully incorporated, then mix in the vanilla extract.
  4. Sieve in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt, and mix with a wooden spoon until just combined.
  5. Tip in 350g of milk chocolate chips and stir in to the dough until thoroughly dispersed throughout.
  6. Scoop your dough out of the bowl and press it into the tin, making sure to spread it out to every side and corner. Smooth the whole thing out with the back of a tablespoon, then dot the remaining chocolate chips on top.
  7. Bake in your pre-heated oven for 23-25 minutes or until the slab has an even, golden colour. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool in the tin for 15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Cut into squares or bars and serve cold or warm with a scoop of ice cream.

While mine weren't exactly perfect and didn't look like the bars from the video, they still went down a total storm and were so easy to do. I'd definitely make them again and I think it's a great recipe for beginner bakers. Make sure you give it a go!

I've got lots of other baking videos to try, so stay tuned for another 'TikTok Made Me Bake It' post in the very near future.

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