Semi-healthy Gooey Louey Cookie Bars

Let's take a little sewing break shall we?  

Before we moved, I had this neighbor who used to just randomly send her kids to my doorstep with treats and sometimes full on meals.  For no reason!  Just because.  She was just that type of neighbor. And one day she sent over these delish and half blondie bars.  I'm a soft bar cookie sucker, so after Superman and I devoured our plate of goodies, I asked this nice neighbor for the recipe..  

"Oh, my second grader brought the recipe home from school and she actually made them."  

Say what?!  These bars of goodness were from a seven-year-old?  Sure enough, I googled the recipe.  I think I typed something like "second grade cookie bar recipe" and up popped a bunch of results for the same cookie bar.  These are more commonly called Chango Bars, but my Dad said that my Grandma Lou {one of Lila's namesakes} used to call them Gooey Loueys and it made me smile.
So I adapted the recipe for our family and
 it is.

*Now a quick note about health.  I try to be healthy overall.  We use whole wheat flour and try to eat lots of fruits and veggies yada yada yada.  So I realize the sugar in this might cancel out the super healthy-ness, but I figure it's better than straight on candy or even fruit snacks.  {At least, that's what I tell myself} So I think it makes a fun dessert or after school snack. 

Start with your ingredients:
We're looking at:

1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. margarine
2 c. brown sugar
3 eggs
2 1/3 c. flour {I use w.w. because that's what we're used to. adapt according to your taste buds}
1 T baking powder
1 t. salt
1 c. chocolate chips
*optional I like to add in a cup of butterscotch chips.  They're not pictured, but it's worth mentioning because it's oh so tastey....or you could add walnuts.  It's up to you.  :)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Now melt your butter and margarine in the microwave.  While they're melting you're gonna want to cream those  eggs with the brown sugar, then add the butter/margarine mixture.  Oh, and spray a 9x13 pan while you're waiting, then set it aside.
In other news, mix your dry ingredients:
Pour dry ingredients in the egg/sugar stuff and mix.  Now fold in your chocolate {and/or butterscotch} chips.
Pour in your pan.
And spread
until it's spread across the pan like so:
Now it's cookin' time.
Bake 'em for about 45-50 minutes until they turn golden. 
Let them cool {if you don't, they'll fall apart} and then cut them up.
And that's it.  Now eat up!
And have a yummy weekend!


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