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.

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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 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.

    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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  • ashley - baker by nature says:

    Oatmeal Chocolate Cookie Bars sound freakin’ awesome! Especially at 6:43 am ;)

    Hope your crazy week is still a very, very good one, lovie!

  • Tanya Schroeder says:

    These would satisfy my emotional eating too! I do love oatmeal and chocolate together. What I love most is the thick chocolate center!

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    Ha, love it! Poor hawk? hehe. Anywhooooo these bars, OMG Julie. YUM. That’s fudgy center is calling my name!

  • Tracey says:

    Wow, I can’t believe it’s almost time for your wedding, the time has flown!! Good luck finishing up all your projects at work, it’s so nice that you’re able to get all that time off to celebrate properly :) These bars look insanely good – that gooey chocolate is calling my name!

  • Tieghan says:

    Your story about the hawk made me smile! I can’t believe that thing just killed another bird! crazy!
    These bars are maybe my favorite thing ever. Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are seriously my favorite cookie! And I like them best in bar form not circles! More chocolate this way! YUM!

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    I want to dive into the molten centers of these bars! I feel as if you just took one of my fave cookies–oatmeal chocolate chip–and turned it into a super star.
    Good luck with the wrap up at work. It will be so worth it on the other side!

  • DessertForTwo says:

    I pretty much main-line any dessert with sweetened condensed milk. But this one? It has oatmeal. It’s healthy. I think I’ll eat it for breakfast daily! :)

    PS The stress will leave soon. And then, THEN you will have all your freetime back. It’s glorious. :)

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    I know you made these like 5 months ago, but can you make them again? Next time we hang out? K thanks. loveyoubye.

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    You just have to love a nice gooey bar!

  • Mercedes says:

    My mother-in-law makes these bars and they are one of my all-time favorites! I almost hate when she makes them though because I could literally eat the whole pan and almost do!

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray says:

    Ooooh I made bars like this a while back–they are SO. GOOD. Your analogy of an oatmeal cookie and chocolate cookie baby is perfectly spot on. :)

    Oh and P.S., there had better be wedding Instagrams, lady! I wanna see pics. :):)

  • Annie @ Annie's Noms says:

    I know how you feel about panicking about having enough posts! I used to do mine months in advance, but I’m so busy with Uni work at the moment, I barely have time and I worry myself when I don’t have things ready, so you’re definitely not weird! These look absolutely divine and I’m buying some condensed milk when I go food shopping later, so I can make them! :D

  • Gerry @foodness gracious says:

    Whoa, im having toast for breakfast and i see these…so not fair :(

  • Cassie | Bake Your Day says:

    I love how gooey the center is. I’m in trouble with these!

  • Maria says:

    I love these bars! Always a fun treat!

  • marla says:

    Oh wow have you been busy. Hopefully you can enjoy some of these bars to relax a bit!

  • dishing up the dirt says:

    I love a nice gooey bar! Good luck with the rest of your wedding planning.

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    iweughaskhbieaksfhgjbagoooooood…. That’s me saying how AMAZING these bars are as I shove the whole pan into my mouth. :)

  • Carla @ Carlas Confections says:

    That’s really funny about the hawk! I would have been thinking the same exact thing… lol. I think we both need some of these cookie bars to make us feel better ;) But holy cow I cannot believe you have posts planned out til the end of May… Im lucky if Im a week ahead. Great job girl! Im excited for you to be done with work after next week too! And YAAAAAAAY for wedding TWO WEEKS AWAY!

  • Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks says:

    Can’t believe your wedding is so close! Must be so exciting!! Girl, I can’t believe you have posts ready until the end of May! Seriously, you are so organized! I literally go post by post, lol. These bars looks so freakin good! They remind me of the ones at Starbucks, but obviously better!

  • Courtney @ Neighborfood says:

    Hahaha! That was a great story. Sounds like something I would do. I remember how exhausted and stressed I was while planning for our wedding and working full time. But you know what? It all came together. And whatever didn’t come together didn’t even matter. The day was beautiful not because of all the flowers and decorations, but because I got to marry the love of my life in the company of dear friends and family. I know your day will be beautiful as well and you’re going to have a GREAT time, no matter what.

    And these cookie bars? Holy melty chocolate batman! I’m pinning this stat!

  • Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen says:

    These bars….oh.my.gosh!! I’ve been dyinig to bake something over the top delicious, but nothing has been hitting the spot….until now!

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    *****DROOLING!!!!***I could use an entire box of these right now!

  • [email protected] is How I Cook says:

    Sounds like that hawk had a plan and so do you! Everything will be great! And my plan is to make these as soon as possible. Oatmeal and chocolate. Both good for the heart, right?

  • Nikki @Seeded at the Table says:

    NEVER pity a hawk! ;)

    Yay for getting a month off work! When I got married, they let me have the whole week before the wedding off, except for Tuesday!? What??? It made NO sense, but at least I had the entire week after, too, for the honeymoon. But, I still haven’t forgiven them for that Tuesday. lol

    I’m contemplating making these cookie bars today, but hoping the baby I’m baking arrives today instead. ;)

  • Monica says:

    I can’t stop looking at that chocolate filling. This is the best cookbar I’ve ever seen! I imagine the contrast in texture must be amazing – I love chewy oatmeal cookies and this combination with the gooey chocolate is awesome!

  • Kristen says:

    Too funny about the hawk!
    These bars look like a great distraction from that though ;)

  • Teresa says:

    I think I’ll make these for Canasta group on Monday. That way I can enjoy one and give the rest away. Sounds AWESOME!!!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    These bars look incredible, especially when loaded with that chocolate goodness!

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker says:

    This cookie bar looks delicious! Love that gooey goodness, yum! Too bad about the hawk… Must be karma.

  • Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie says:

    Oats + chocolate!! Yum – what a delicious idea! I know what you mean about being super busy – but just ride it out and in a few weeks you won’t even remember it :)

  • Kathryn says:

    I know that feeling so well – I wish I could survive on a few less hours sleep because I could get so much more done if I did! Or I could just spend more time procrastinating but whatever…

    Love the oozing chocolate in these. Oatmeal & chocolate is one of my very favourite combos.

  • Megan @ megbakes says:

    These look amazing. They are a great tribute to the birdy.

  • Audra | The Baker Chick says:

    I know exactly how you feel- but don’t worry about your blog now! This is your special time and your readers will still love you when you are all married and back to normal :)

    Also- if you need any guest posts I’m happy to help!

    And these bars look like the perfect treat for a stressful planning day. I remember those :)

  • Mimi @ Culinary Couture says:

    Look at all that gooey chocolate, oh my goodness. These need to appear in front of me like right nowww.

  • Heather Christo says:

    haha! poor bird indeed! these bars look amazing Julie!!

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

    Great story! And wow, you have been busy.

    Um, amazing bars. I’d like these for breakfast.=)

  • Just awesome! I’m so excited for you–we need to see wedding pics!

  • Laurie {SimplyScratch} says:

    For the love of all things chocolate and gooey! I WANT!

  • Tammy says:

    Thanks for the recipe, I made these last night and they turned out amazing!

  • Debra says:

    I’m getting married on June 1, so I understand your current mental state! Lots of little details left to finish, not so much time. When is your wedding? These bars look amazing – I’m going to make them for our church lunch this weekend. I’ll let you know how they turn out – and I’ll keep you and your wedding plans in my prayers!

    • Julie says:

      Congrats! I hope your wedding planning is going smoothly :) my wedding is April 27th. So we’re 2 weeks out. It’s crazy! Enjoy the cookie bars!

  • Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen says:

    Oh these look divine, I love the look of the gooey chocolate centre!

  • carrian says:

    HOLY GOOEY! These look amazing, Julie!! Pinning it!

  • Kelly @ Life made Sweeter says:

    These look so amazing and definitely a good distraction from the hawk:) Soo excited for your upcoming wedding!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    I am in love with these bars!!!

  • kita says:

    A hawks gotta eat too ;)

    These cookie bars look AMAZING!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I love that you were concerned for the hawk and then immediately were over it the second you heard from Jason lol I love hawks, pretty birds.

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet says:

    These look delicious! I remember my last week at work I could barely sit still I was SO anxious to leave for the wedding/honeymoon. So excited for you!

  • Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies says:

    I want my oatmeal cookies to have babies with chocolate! These look so delicious!

  • Gaby says:

    Oh dear lord I need these in my life immediately!

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