Foodie Friday – Oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bars

I almost called this post “Chocolate chip cookies #36 plus” since it is a refinement of my 36th chocolate chip cookie variation rather than something completely new, but this recipe is so good that I wanted to put the name right in the title of the post. These oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bars are amazing. When I took them to work on Monday one of my co-workers tried to distract me so that he could run out of my cubicle with the whole box! Yep, they’re good enough to steal. I got the urge to bake some cookies last Sunday, and I’m so glad I did. This recipe is definitely one of my favorites. It’s just the right amount of sweetness and chewiness, and I’m already thinking of ways to take it up a notch. Maybe some butterscotch chips, dried cherries, or M&Ms. And sprinkling some colored sugar on top for the holidays is always a winner. Any way you slice it (pun intended – they’re bar cookies!), these cookies are delicious. I can’t wait for my parents to get here on Saturday so I can eat some more of them!

1/2 c (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 c granulated sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 c flour
1 c old-fashioned oats
1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 c milk chocolate chips

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and both sugars. You can use an electric mixer, but I usually just use a wooden spoon. Add the egg and vanilla and beat/stir until combined. Add the baking soda, baking powder, salt, and flour and stir until almost combined. Fold in the oats, which should help incorporate the rest of the flour. Fold in the chocolate chips. Spread the dough into an 8×8″ or 11×7″ pan lined with aluminum foil and coated with cooking spray. This makes of easy removal from the pan when the cookies are cool and less dishes to wash later. Bake at 350 deg F for about 25 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack before slicing. Enjoy!

Based on Mel’s Kitchen Cafe’s Classic Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies and My Original Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe.