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