image Irresistible Spicy Chocolate Bars

This is a slight variation of one of my Mom’s go-to recipes when I was growing up.  It’s a chocolate chip type bar cookie with spices added to make it unusual and truly irresistible. Its beauty lies in the fact that it both can be made in good quantity very quickly and never fails to please big so it is perfect for groups and pot lucks.  You won’t want to increase this big double recipe for a home mixer or it will be too much to mix without a big mess!

1 1/2 cup real butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 brown sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. real vanilla
3 cups all purpose flour plus 1 cup whole wheat flour OR 4 cups all purpose flour
4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp salt
4 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. clove
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 package (2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate chips

PREHEAT oven to 350

CREAM margarine and sugars til light and fluffy

BEAT in eggs, 1 at a time

ADD vanilla and mix in

COMBINE AND ADD dry ingredients

STIR IN chocolate chips.  To make the finished product look prettier, reserve part of the chips to sprinkle on top before baking.

SPREAD into 2 un-greased cookie sheets.  It will spread thinly but will rise up to fill the pan.

BAKE for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

COOL on wire rack.

CUT into squares when almost cool (I use a pizza wheel)

MAKES about 5 dozen 2-inch cookies.