Poor Evan. He has been baking deprived lately. I’ve made a few things but I haven’t been baking nearly as much as I used to. Yesterday, Evan had a friend coming over after school so I decided to pull out the “good mom” card and bake. As always happens, though, his friend took one bite and said “I don’t like them.” Sigh.
At least everyone else in the house thought they were awesome. They are a cross between a cookie and cake. Chewy and super chocolatey, I can see these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars being on the “must make again” list. I don’t mind that at all because bar cookies are WAY easier to make than regular cookies. You can stir these together and have them in the oven in 10 minutes with fresh baking hitting the counter in half an hour. Perfect for a school day and since there are not nuts in these bars, they are perfect to send in your child’s lunchbox.
The only thing I would change if it was up to me is that I would add a cup of dried cranberries. Evan, however, has told me in no uncertain terms that I need to stop putting cranberries in everything. Kids!
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease/butter a 13 X 9 baking pan.
- In a large bowl, stir together melted butter and sugars. Make sure mixture is warm (not hot) before proceeding to the next step.
- Add eggs and vanilla extract and stir.
- Add cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and flour. Mix well.
- Fold in oatmeal and chocolate chips.
- Spread batter in to prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 25 - 35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the bar cookies comes out clean.
- Cool in pan and cut in to bars to serve.