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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.
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.
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…
- 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
- Cream together butter and sugars then add egg and vanilla and mix well, scraping down sides of the bowl.
- Add oats and then sift in cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and flour and mix until just combined. Fold in chocolate chunks.
- 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.
- Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Let cool completely before slicing.