Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

February 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

J: Yes, that is a long title.  Anything shorter wouldn’t capture the full awesomeness of these cookie bars.  These were born out of the idea of making some combination of cookies and brownies; we eventually decided on trying to combine two recipes, but ended up really just using one and making a few minor changes.  They turned out closer to cookie bars than to the delightful cookie-brownie marriage we’d initially envisioned, but they were ridiculously addictive nonetheless.  And SO EASY!

post-baking, pre-slicing-and-devouring

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
(slightly modified from original recipe here)
1/2 c butter
1/2 c sugar
1/3 c brown sugar, packed
1/2 c peanut butter (we used creamy — go with your preference!)
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c rolled oats
1/2 c chocolate chips
Optional: cinnamon, cocoa powder, and granulated sugar for sprinkling

Start off by preheating your oven to 350, and lightly greasing a 9×9 baking dish.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars.  Add in the peanut butter and vanilla, and then beat in the egg until well-combined.

In a separate smaller bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

wet + dry ingredients

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in halves or thirds, and when they are thoroughly mixed together, stir in the chocolate chips and oats.

adding texture and tastiness

Spread the dough evenly into the baking dish.  This doesn’t exactly “pour,” so you’ll probably just have to plop it in there in a couple of lumps and then smooth them out and spread them around with a spatula.

If you want, sprinkle the top of the dough with granulated sugar, cocoa powder, and/or cinnamon.

spread, sprinkled, ready to bake

Bake for about 15 minutes, or until a toothpick or knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

Let it cool for a bit, and then cut into it and enjoy!

everything you could want in a cookie bar

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