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Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Bars

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Oatmeal chocolate chunk bars deliver a gooey chocolate flavor with a hint of cinnamon and the perfect crunch from the oatmeal. 

Oatmeal chocolate chunk bars deliver a gooey chocolate flavor with a hint of cinnamon and the perfect crunch from the oatmeal.

A couple weeks ago I made these sugar cookie bars and my love for bar cookies was promptly revised. When I was a teenager my favorite way to make cookies was in bars because all of my mom’s and grandma’s recipes seemed to require three different batches in the oven. Seriously, why the heck were we making so many cookies?! And I was just too lazy busy to spend that much time back and forth to the kitchen. Plus that requires a lot of counter space for cooling, which I do not have in my current kitchen.

You can take just about any cookie and turn it into a bar cookie by pressing it into a pan of your choosing and baking it about double or triple (depending on the size of the pan) it’s normal baking time. I always like my bar cookies a little gooey so I under-bake them slightly, let them set for about 10-15 minutes then dive into the ooey, gooey deliciousness with a tall, cold glass of milk.

Oatmeal chocolate chunk bars deliver a gooey chocolate flavor with a hint of cinnamon and the perfect crunch from the oatmeal.

I much prefer chocolate chunks over chocolate chips in this recipe because it amps up the melty gooey-ness but you can use just about any chocolate chip vessel you like. I added some cinnamon because it was sitting on the counter and I thought, “Why not cinnamon?”. True story. It pushed these bars over the top! I even got a ‘not bad’ from the bestie who doesn’t really like oatmeal cookies of any kind. She may have just been happy these were without raisins though. Either way I get to enjoy these bars all to myself!

I hope my friend isn’t reading this…’cause I totally told him the bars were a fail so I could keep them all to myself! Sorry Chris…

Oatmeal chocolate chunk bars deliver a gooey chocolate flavor with a hint of cinnamon and the perfect crunch from the oatmeal.

 

Meaghan

 

Oatmeal chocolate chunk bars deliver a gooey chocolate flavor with a hint of cinnamon and the perfect crunch from the oatmeal.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Bars

Yield: 9 bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 26 minutes
Total Time: 36 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks

Instructions

  1. Cream together butter and sugars then add egg and vanilla and mix well, scraping down sides of the bowl.
  2. Add oats and then sift in cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and flour and mix until just combined. Fold in chocolate chunks.
  3. Press dough into an even layer in a 9x9 baking dish lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees for 24-26 minutes or until just set.
  4. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Let cool completely before slicing.

Oatmeal chocolate chunk bars deliver a gooey chocolate flavor with a hint of cinnamon and the perfect crunch from the oatmeal.

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Lydia

Friday 6th of April 2018

These look delicious! I'm going to try them today. The recipe lists oats as an ingredient, but doesn't say when to mix them in. Should I put them in with the flour?

Meaghan

Friday 6th of April 2018

Good catch, Lydia! Add the oats when you add the flour. I've updated the recipe card as well. Thank you!

Byron Thomas

Monday 4th of April 2016

Bars over cookies? Hmmmm... there's a debate I'd like to be privy to! I'm not sure I could choose one over the other, but I'm completely with you on the gooey thing. :)

Meaghan

Wednesday 6th of April 2016

Sometimes I'm just too lazy to make individual cookies! That's when bar cookies come in really handy :)

~Meaghan

Whitney @ That Square Plate

Friday 1st of April 2016

These bars seriously speak to me! It would be hard to stop after just eating one or two... The texture looks perfect. I'm going to have to save this for when I am ready to INDULGE!

Meaghan

Friday 1st of April 2016

Yes! They spoke to me so loudly that I refused to send them to a friend so I could instead eat them all myself haha!

~Meaghan

Mary (The Godmother @ Goodie Godmother)

Thursday 31st of March 2016

These look fabulous! Gooey bars are where it's at...

Meaghan

Friday 1st of April 2016

Amen sister.

~Meaghan