Sometimes, I'm hit with a stroke of genius.
And then, more often than not, I fail to execute my genius perfectly...and my fabulous idea turns out...not as fabulous as I'd envisioned.
BUT, sometimes, even though it's not what I expected, it's still delicious, if crumbly/messy, and the bf still eats it all. This was one of those times, and thank goodness for that because wasted chocolate chip cookie dough is a travesty.
So, ok, this is admittedly a highly unphotogenic result. But if only I could photograph the flavors... Chocolate chips, buttery cookieness, and a crunch of cinnamony goodness on top... well, here, this might give you a good idea:
Basically, pretty or not, these cookie bar things were pretty darned tasty. But next time I think I'll spread them thinner and cook them for less time, because softer/ easier to eat can't be bad (except for my waistline). There will be a next time, though, and isn't that the point of these experiments?
Preheat oven to 350.
Spread one recipe's worth of chocolate chip cookie dough (I used the one on the TJ's chocolate chips package, but I have another one here for you) into a greased (I didn't, and that was dumb) 8x8 pan.
In a cup, combine some granulated sugar (I'd say 1/4 - 1/2 cup, depending on your crunchiness preferences) with a hefty dose of cinnamon, and sprinkle that goodness allllll over the dough.
Bake for 20-30 minutes, until top is firm to the touch. Don't use the toothpick method unless you want to overbake your bars like I did. Try to let them cool before cutting!