Once again, we wanted a sweet treat, and I wanted something semi-healthy, but still chocolaty. And easy, I was exhausted. After searching my Google reader, I decided bar cookies were a good way to go, and chose the healthier of the two recipes I’d narrowed it down to. Thanks Taste and Tell for posting the recipe!
After reading the full recipe though, I found that this was a cookie recipe, but the blogger had made them into bars. It worked for her, so I did it too! She used a jelly roll pan, but I decided I wanted them thicker and chewier, so I did mine in a 9x13.
These were a little unique. Since they look like brownies, you expect them to taste like brownies; gooey and chewy.
But they SO don’t! Since it’s an oatmeal cookie recipe, they are still chewy, but they are NOT gooey, and instead slightly crumbly. They're a great cookie when you just want a cookie, and chocolate.
I still loved them, but Stew said they weren’t his favorite. He would have liked them better in cookie form, and I agree. They might have been better in the bigger pan, like the recipe I used said to do.
So here’s the recipe for the cookies, with notes of how to make them into bars.
Chocolate Oatmeal Chippers
[originally from verybestbaking.com]
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa (I used 1/4 cup dark cocoa and 1/4 cup regular—so good!)
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
1 3/4 cups quick or old fashioned oats
1 3/4 cups milk chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 375º. Beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla extract in a large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in eggs. Gradually beat in flour, cocoa, soda and salt. Stir in oats, chocolate chips, and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake for 9 to 12 minutes or until edges are set but centers are still soft. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
Bar cookies: Preheat oven to 350º. Grease 15x10-inch jelly-roll pan. Prepare dough as above. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack. Makes about 4 dozen bars.