Recipe courtesy of Erin Jeanne McDowell

Spelt Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 20 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: Makes 24 bars
These chewy chocolate-chip cookie bars are hiding the secret of spelt flour–a delicious whole-grain flour with a lightly nutty flavor that is wonderful to bake with. Under-bake these bars by a minute or two to ensure they’re even gooier.



  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 10-by-15-inch jelly-roll pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl. Beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping the bowl and beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla on low speed. 
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the spelt flour, baking soda and salt together. Add to the mixer and mix on low speed just until incorporated. Add the chocolate chips, scrape the base and sides of the bowl well and mix to combine. 
  4. Use slightly damp hands to press the dough evenly into the prepared pan. Bake until the edges are set and golden, the surface appears wrinkly and the center if firm when touched, 24 to 28 minutes. 
  5. Cool completely in the pan. Cut into 24 bars.