It’s been a month of birthdays, and that means its been a month of baking! I’m not
complaining. I love birthdays, and it’s the perfect excuse to make a special treat (not that
I need an excuse!). I had originally made some of my special chocolate chip bars for a
particular birthday girl last week, but never ended up seeing her. This led to me eating the
entire pan by myself. UGH, the horror of living alone! :)
That being said, it was essential that I made her a new batch this week. But these aren’t
any ordinary cookie bars. These are Cinna-Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie bars.
Hopefully you’re not sick of rainbow sprinkles…I still have ¾ of the jar left, even after
all these treats! I can promise you’ll be seeing them again (:
Oatmeal Cinnamon-Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Original recipe is here
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups Quaker oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup cinnamon chips (I used Nestle)
1)Heat oven to 350°F.
2) In large bowl, beat butter and sugars with electric mixer until creamy.
3)Add egg and vanilla; beat well.
4) Add combined flour, baking soda and salt; mix well.
5) Stir in oats, cinnamon chips, and chocolate chips; mix well.
6) Press dough evenly into bottom of 9×12-inch pan. (the original recipe uses a skillet,
which is a fun concept that I’ve used before, but I wanted these in a bar formation!)
7) Bake 18-20 minutes or until top is lightly browned. Cool about 10 minutes.
Optional: Serve with ice cream.
As a side note, I’ve made this recipe multiple times without an electric mixer, and
they’ve come out just as well. I think it’s all about the butter consistency. If you soften it
in the microwave on partial power for roughly 30-45 seconds, rather than melting it, the
bars have a near perfect consistency-chewy, sweet, dense, and packed full of whole-grain
oats. Plus, with only one stick of butter rather than the two typically found in most cookie
recipes, these are a healthier version of a decadent treat.