Oatmeal and Chocolate Cookie Bars

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    These oatmeal and chocolate cookie bars are a result of an oatmeal cookie having a baby with a chocolate cookie. So freaking good!!

    What do you think would happen if an oatmeal cookie had a baby with a chocolate cookie?

    This oatmeal and chocolate cookie bar creation would be born.

    And born it was.

    These oatmeal and chocolate cookie bars are basically heaven on a plate.

    The gooey chocolate center sandwiched with an oatmeal cookie base is basically my idea of the perfect dessert.

    These oatmeal and chocolate cookie bars are a result of an oatmeal cookie having a baby with a chocolate cookie. So freaking good!!

    How do you make oatmeal and chocolate cookie bars?

    Basically like how you make cookies!

    The best part is that you don’t have to bake the base and then bake again for the center. You bake it all at once!

    Can I use quick cook oats?

    No, I don’t think they would work really well.

    These oatmeal and chocolate cookie bars are a result of an oatmeal cookie having a baby with a chocolate cookie. So freaking good!!

    Is there a substitute for the condensed milk?

    I honestly don’t know if there is. It’s so specific.

    I read that you could try cream of coconut but not sure how readily available that is.

    How do I make this gluten-free?

    Use gluten-free oats and whatever other gluten-free substitutions needed (like flour).

    I’m not well-versed in GF baking so I really can’t give much advice.

    These oatmeal and chocolate cookie bars are a result of an oatmeal cookie having a baby with a chocolate cookie. So freaking good!!

    Can I make these oatmeal and chocolate cookie bars in a smaller pan size?

    You can but they would take longer to cook and they’ll be thicker!

    Glass or metal pan?

    Either.

    These oatmeal and chocolate cookie bars are a result of an oatmeal cookie having a baby with a chocolate cookie. So freaking good!!

    I cut into the bars and all the chocolate and cookie gushed out.

    You need to be patient and wait for it to cool completely.

    I know, it’s super hard! I didn’t wait the first time either, lol

    How long will these keep for?

    At least a week in an airtight container!

    Can I freeze these?

    No, they’re not a good candidate to be frozen.

    These oatmeal and chocolate cookie bars are a result of an oatmeal cookie having a baby with a chocolate cookie. So freaking good!!

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    Oatmeal and Chocolate Cookie Bars

    These oatmeal and chocolate cookie bars are like an oatmeal cookie had a baby with a chocolate cookie. It's the best of both worlds in an ooey-gooey bar form!
    Prep Time: 25 mins
    Cook Time: 25 mins
    Total Time: 50 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 24 bars
    Calories: 381kcal
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    Ingredients

    • 2 sticks unsalted butter room temperature, 1 cup
    • 2 cups dark brown sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1/3 cup milk, I used 2%
    • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
    • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

    For the filling:

    • 1: 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk, I used Eagle Brand
    • 1/3 cup butter
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking pan with parchment paper so that it overhangs on both sides for easy removal
    • In a large bowl, add flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
    • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Then add in the eggs and vanilla extract and beat for 2 more minutes. Gently pour the milk in and beat until incorporated.
    • Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until all combined and well-incorporated. With the mixer on low, add the rolled oats. The mixture will be thick so if the stand mixer can't get it all, use a spatula to get it all incorporated.
    • In a saucepan over medium low heat, add all the ingredients of the filling to the pan. Once everything has melted together you can start assembling the bars.
    • Spread about 2/3 of the cookie mixture in the bottom of the baking pan (I used my hands and pressed it down). Then take the chocolate mixture and pour it over top of the cookie mixture. Take the remaining cookie mixture and drop it in small dough balls over the chocolate mixture (it's ok if it's not perfect, they bake out and spread).
    • Bake for 25 minutes. If the tops start to get overly brown, cover with foil and continue baking.
    • Let cool in baking pan COMPLETELY before you cut them into squares. Everything will be too gooey and loose if you don't let it set up.
    • Store in an airtight container.

    Notes

    Nutrition Facts
    Oatmeal and Chocolate Cookie Bars
    Amount Per Serving (1 Bar)
    Calories 381 Calories from Fat 162
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 18g28%
    Carbohydrates 54g18%
    Fiber 2g8%
    Sugar 31g34%
    Protein 6g12%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 

    Photographs by Jesse Reilly

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  • Lori @ RecipeGirl says:

    These are my family’s all-time favorite cookie bars. My Mom used to make a version of them when I was little! YUM!

  • [email protected], pleasure, and health says:

    sometimes i just want to lick my screen- your pictures are toooooo beautiful and makes me sad i cant grab it :( hope the wedding planning goes smoothly friend. XOXO

  • Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry says:

    A month off work sounds like pure heaven! Speaking of heaven these bars look off the chain good. That melting chocolate is making me wish i had a huge plate of them in front of me.

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says:

    These look incredible, Julie! Sooo mouthwatering and perfect for dunking in a glass of milk. Have a great weekend!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    I made Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars like this earlier in the week! A half batch of what you made but same concept. I love layered bars and with sweetened condensed milk, they are just so good. Yours look wonderful. Mmmm!

  • Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Oh my, just look at that ooey gooey chocolate :) these look divine!

  • Megan @ Country Cleaver says:

    If I see a hobbling animal I am the first one to leap out of my car and attempt to “rescue” whatever it is that is hurt. It’s horrible. Ben gets so mad at me for it. Then I cry, cause I’m such a girl. I”m glad that hawk was okay!! I would totally drown my sorrows in these – no problem!

  • Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen says:

    About a month ago I took a new job as the gm of two restaurants so I feel you on putting the blog on the back burner! Jelly you are good till may though! These are the kind of bars I want to stuff my face with!!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    The week leading up to a wedding is just always complete madness, but it should definitely take priority! We will all still be here when you get back! :)

  • Rachel @ Bakerita says:

    Oh my goodness! I’ve been seeing these all over Pinterest and though I pinned them, I didn’t click through until just now. WOW. These look amazing. What a yummy bar, with a fudge layer in the middle?! That’s my heaven! Definitely trying soon…need to! :)

  • Robin {Mom Foodie} says:

    Well, chocolate & oatmeal are my two fave dessert ingredients, so you’ve certainly got me with this one :)

  • Jaclyn says:

    These look unbelievably good!!

  • Megan says:

    Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed these. They’re one of my favorites. Glad I found your blog, looks like you have tons of good stuff I’ll have to check out. Happy eating :)

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    I want to dive right in that pan and eat my way out. omgoodnessgracious

  • Annie @ Annie's Noms says:

    I made these yesterday and they’re fabulous! Thanks so much for another great recipe :)

  • Sherry Johnson says:

    I have everything but old fashioned oats! I am tempted to try it with quick cooking oats, what do you think? Has anyone else tried them?

    • Julie says:

      I think that’d be fine.

  • Megan says:

    hi! i just baked these and ran into a problem. you didn’t specify pan size so I had to guess. since both my 9X13 and 8X11 pans are considered baking pans it would be helpful for further recipes to know the size of the pan you used.

    • Julie says:

      Hi Megan, sorry you had to guess on this, but I actually did specify a baking pan size. Right under the title of the recipe, where it says “Yield” it says “1 9×13″ pan

      • Willow says:

        I can’t see a pan size, either. Under yield it just says ‘1’. Glad you answered someone else’s question so I can make these right away!

        • Julie says:

          Sorry about that, Willow! It used to say it but I recently converted recipe plugins with my redesign and it didn’t convert it correctly. Thanks for pointing it out so I could fix it!

  • Elsa says:

    Huge sucess !! so good and very easy to make :)

  • Palma says:

    I’ve made these for years, back when they called them oatmeal fudgy’s. was a great hit with my three boys. And a great traveling and camping treat. Thanks for sharing a recipe that brings back good memories.

  • Vanessa says:

    Hi Julie. I just found this recipe in Pinterest and it looks absolutly amazing! I whant to cook it NOW. I don’t have a pan with those dimensions. Do you think I can bake it in a pyrex?

    • Julie says:

      Hi Vanessa, yup, I think a pyrex would work just fine!

  • Peggy says:

    FANTASTIC! I’m so happy I came across this recipe. Just took my first bite and it taste just like the Starbuck’s fudge bar.

  • Regina @ Leelalicious says:

    These were amazing! But devilish. I could NOT stop eating them. Especially with a glass of cold milk.

  • Cassie says:

    Made these tonight for my husband and they were a huge win! Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

    • Julie says:

      You’re so welcome! Glad you both enjoyed!

  • Ann says:

    Keepers, keepers! The filling for this is so good. Next up is modifying these into white chocolate cranberry oatmeal bras, such as via this recipe http://www.twotwentyone.net/2011/08/wccco-cookies/ . Switching the white chocolate chips from the dough base into the filling, and using good white chocolate of coarse, like Chirardelli…

  • Krista Cleaver says:

    Not sure what happened to mine but my cookies didn’t really rise or spread out :( and my bottom crust is way to thick. It is definitely going to take longer than 25 mins to bake I just checked and it’s completely gooey on the bottom still but I’m sure it will taste good!

  • Faye says:

    Hi there Julie! Would like to ask if what do you mean by 1:14 oz of condensed milk? How much is it in grams? Thanks!

    • Julie says:

      It means you use one 14 ounce can of condensed milk. I don’t know how many grams it is. Sorry :(

  • madalin says:

    Oh my goodness! I’ve been seeing these all over Pinterest and though I pinned them, I didn’t click through until just now. WOW. These look amazing. What a yummy bar, with a fudge layer in the middle?! That’s my heaven! Definitely trying soon…need to! :)

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