Thursday, November 3, 2011

Freshly Baked Friday: Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bars Edition

"בג' במרחשוון שואלין את הגשמים. רבן גמליאל אומר - בשבעה בו, ט"ו יום אחר החג, כדי שיגיע אחרון שבישראל לנהר פרת." (משנה – תענית א:ג)

"אמר ר' אלעזר - הלכה כרבן גמליאל." (גמרא - תענית י.)

“On 3 MarCheshvan, we [begin] requesting rain. Rabban Gamliel says: On the seventh [of the month], 15 days after the festival [i.e. Succot], in order that the last one in Israel can reach the Euphrates River.” (Mishnah – Taanit 1:3)

“R’ Elazar said: The halachah is like Rabban Gamliel.” (BT Taanit 10a)

B”H, much of Israel is enjoying rain tonight, the 7th of MarCheshvan, which is when Israelis begin reciting “V’Tain Tal U’Matar L’Vrachah” in the Amidah.

And as the Our Shiputzim Baking Staff (aka the tza’ir bakers, in the vernacular) can tell you, a rainy Friday is the perfect time to prepare a quick, easy, and yummy dessert for Shabbat:IMG_4932 IMG_4925

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bars

(Adapted from the recipe on the back of a bag of “Gold Medal” flour)


  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 package chocolate chips


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 TBSP water


Beat oil, sugars, and vanilla. Beat in eggs. Add flour, cocoa, and baking soda. Mix in chocolate chips.

Spread dough in a baking-paper-lined rimmed cookie sheet (AKA a jelly roll pan). Bake at 375 degrees for 20-22 minutes or until set. Cut into bars immediately, and let cool in pan.

Prepare glaze, and drizzle over the bars in the pan.


IMG_5238 (2) !שבת שלום ומבורך


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  1. Looks like my daughter's kind of dessert!

    Shabbat Shalom.

  2. These look really fabulous--I would make this for this Shabbos if I hadn't just put a batch of brownies in the oven. I suppose for the regular chocolate chip bars you would just leave out the cocoa.

    You know, it could just be the power of suggestion, but the way that the glaze is drizzled on makes me think of rain.

    Shabbat Shalom!

  3. Leora - Chocolate with chocolate chips is my kind of dessert, too! :-)

    Laura - The original recipe also suggests omitting the glaze, adding nuts, and making cookies instead of bars. But, of course, bars are much faster...

    Shavua tov, everyone!

  4. liked it and left comment on brownies there.

  5. Are these Duncan Hines-esque? I'm looking for a good homemade brownie recipe and this might be a winner!

  6. Rena - Actually, they're more like cookies than brownies. Instead, I recommend the brownie recipe found in my chocolate chip surprise cookie post. Please let me know how they come out, if you decide to make them!

  7. I made it today with a slight variation . I put it in a 9x13 pan and baked it a bit longer at a lower temperature. Great flavor for those of us who love chocolate!

  8. Ariella - Sounds delicious! Shavua tov!

  9. These look terrific. We are going to Jm for shabbat and I was thinking about having the kids bake for the soldiers at the machsom...hmmm.

    One Tired Ema

  10. OTE - That sounds like a very nice idea!


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