Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I'm on a roll.  So roll with me.

Something savory, now something sweet (as that is what I love best)!

I found the below recipe HERE and it was so perfect that I didn't change anything.  Oh, except for the amount of oatmeal.  I reduced it from 3 cups to 2 would have been too dry.

These are SO GOOD.  Much lighter than a cookie somehow (even though they are just as sinfully awesome).  I suggest topping a fresh-from-the-oven square with a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream (or vanilla, if that's your gig) and enjoying immediately.  

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour*
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
2 cups rolled ("old-fashioned") oats
12 ounces (2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate chips (I also sprinkled extra on top...that's how I roll)

1. Cream butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla with electric mixer on high.
2. Stir in flour, salt, and baking soda, all at the same time. Stir in oats. Last, add chocolate chips and stir them in (or use clean hands, if the dough is too stiff).
3. Press cookie dough into a greased 9x13-inch baking dish. Dough should be somewhat flattened, but it's okay for some cracks to remain. :)
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes, or until lightly golden and cookies are set in the middle.
5. Cool for 20 minutes; cut into squares (the original recipe said it would yield 24 squares, but, c'mon, that would have made them tiny so my pan yielded 12 squares, Paige Size :))


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