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Oatmeal Cookie Bars

September 27, 2009

Cookies are a great 3:00 p.m. pick-me-up when you’ve been working since the wee hours of the morning…or at least that’s the way I like ’em!  While I don’t make them too often, cookies can be a great way to use up the tail end of stuff from your pantry.  All you need is a basic dough, and you can throw in dried fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, you name it!  This morning, I wanted to make oatmeal cookies and, just to be a little different, I made them as bars.  I had some craisins, coconut and walnuts lying around, so in they went!  Yummy!

Oatmeal Cookie Bars!

Oatmeal Cookie Bars!

For the basic dough, you will need:

  • 1/2 lb of margarine or butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • 1 c firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 c granulated sugar (I used turbinado — aka sugar in the raw)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 3/4 c whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 c all-purpose flour (If you didn’t have whole wheat, you can use all regular flour)
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 t nutmeg
  • 1/2 t ginger
  • 1/2 t salt (optional)
  • 3 c oats, old-fashioned and uncooked

For your add-ins, you will want:

  • Up to 1 cup of extra goodness
  • I used 1/4 c craisins, 1/2 c coconut, and 1/4 c chopped walnuts

Let’s get started…

  1. Preheat the oven to 350
  2. Cream together the butter and the sugars.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla; mix well.
  4. Add baking soda, spices, and salt; mix well.
  5. Add the flours and combine thoroughly.
  6. Stir in the oats and any mix-ins; mix well.
  7. Spread in an ungreased 13 x 9-inch glass baking dish.
  8. Bake about 30 minutes or until just starting to turn golden brown.
  9. Allow to cool 10-15 minutes, before cutting into bars.
  10. Share with friends!
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