These Loaded Birthday Cake Cookie Bars are festive chocolate chip cookie bars that you can make for any celebration. They are rich and chewy grain-free birthday cake bars that you can make in just 45 minutes! No need to chill the dough or roll into cookies!
Chocolate chip cookie bars with some extra mix-ins to make them extra festive
Recipes ideas come to me at all times of the day. Sometimes it’s when I’m just sitting at my desk and I can easily write them down. Other times it is less convenient. The idea for these loaded birthday cake cookie bars came to me during the middle of a workout class on the Peloton bike.
I hopped off the bike and went immediately to my notepad. I wrote out a rough idea of the ingredients and cooking time and got to work. It is rare that I have a recipe idea and have all the ingredients on hand to make it immediately.
It is even rarer that a recipe works out on the first try, but both things happened when I went to make these loaded birthday cake cookie bars. There are more mix-ins than batter in these bars hence the “loaded” name. These chocolate chip cookie bars are a chewy, gooey and very satisfying sweet treat.
I based the recipe for these loaded birthday cake cookie bars on my grain free chewy chocolate chip cookies. The base of both those cookies and these bars is an almond flour cookie dough. You can make these bars fully grain free and gluten free by checking the ingredients of the chocolate chips and the sprinkles that you mix in.
What kitchen tools will I need to make these Loaded Birthday Cake Cookie Bars?
What ingredients will I need to make these gluten-free chocolate chip cookies?
- Coconut oil
- Brown sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Almond extract
- Baking soda
- Baking powder
- Almond flour
- Semi sweet chocolate chips
- White chocolate chips
- Rainbow sprinkles
My favorite mix ins for these birthday cake bars are rainbow sprinkles, chocolate chips and white chocolate chips, but you can mix in anything you like! You can mix in things like mini M&Ms, peanuts, toffee chips and dark chocolate chunks.
If you don’t want to use coconut oil, you can use any neutral vegetable oil. Brown sugar works best for this cookie bar recipe, but you can use granulated sugar or coconut sugar instead.
How do I make Loaded Birthday Cake Cookie Bars?
To make your loaded birthday cake cookie bars start by preheating the oven to 350F. Grease an 8×8 baking pan with spray oil and line the pan with parchment paper.
Then, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together room temperature egg, melted coconut oil, light brown sugar, vanilla extract, and almond extract.
At this point, the batter should be a thick, cookie dough consistency. Pour the dough into the greased and lined baking pan. T
ake your hands and press the dough into an even layer with a piece of parchment or wax paper.
Place the pan of loaded birthday cake cookie bars in the oven and bake at 350F for 30 minutes.
Finally, remove the cookie bars from the oven and allow them to cool fully before cutting into 16 even squares. Store them in an airtight container on the countertop for up to 5 days.
How should I store these homemade cookie bars?
Once prepared, store the chocolate chip cookie bars in an airtight container on the counter for up to 1 week.
If you want to keep them for longer, place in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. I like to cut them into squares prior to freezing so that I can defrost them one at a time as needed.
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Keep reading to find the full recipe and instructions. If you make this cookie bar recipe, please rate and review it in the comments or on Instagram!
- Preheat oven to 350F and line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper or grease
- In a large mixing bowl combine the egg, light brown sugar, coconut oil, vanilla extract and almond extract
- In a separate mixing bowl combine almond flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt
- Then fold dry ingredients into wet with a spatula
- Once fully combined mix in chocolate chips, white chocolate chips and sprinkles
- Press batter into baking pan
- Place in the oven and bake at 350F for 30 minutes
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool fully before cutting into 16 squares