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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
If these oatmeal and chocolate cookie bars are your cup of tea, you may enjoy these other cookie recipes:
- Dark chocolate cherry cookies
- Chewy honey oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
- Oatmeal cranberry cookies
- Chocolate sugar cookies
Oatmeal and Chocolate Cookie Bars
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 9x13-inch 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.
Photographs by Jesse Reilly