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Two Sisters, Serial #12 and Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars

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O.K. So the last five or six weeks we’ve been a little adventurous and had a little fun here on Reading and Recipes. Call it our end-of-summer/start-of-fall fling–you know, like when you had a big end-of-vacation bash that turned into a start-of-school bash and you didn’t even open a book until three weeks into semester. (I’d like to say I remember those week-long parties, but actually I don’t.)

So we’ve been partying here at R&R–dabbling with pumpkin, a new kind of apple pie, peanut butter ice cream (in the middle of the world’s best ice cream sandwich), quick and easy cinnamon rolls, frozen yogurt! If you missed any of these adventurous treats, they’re listed there to the right under Recent Posts or the September and August archives.

But now it’s October, the heart of fall; and it’s time to crack open the books, so to speak.

Here at R&R that means breaking out the oatmeal and the butter and the eggs and, of course, the chocolate (got to have a little fun in our back-to-basics emphasis). See–it’s all right there in the picture below: our R&R survival kit! Mix them all together along with a few other odds and ends then press it into a pan before you eat all the dough and throw it in the oven and voila– Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars!

Now you have some munchies for those long nights of studying or snacks for those afternoons at the park with the kids or sweets to put in that bag lunch for work.

Work! Where’d that come from?

Hey, can’t always be fun and vacation. Sometimes you just got to get back to basics. But we’ve got you covered here at Reading and Recipes, work or play.

Now get back to work.

oatmeal choc chunk cookie bars

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars

1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg yolk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup quick-cooking oats*

1/2 cup chocolate chunks (I used a mixture of milk and dark chocolate)

oatmeal chocolate chunk cookie bar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 5×7 inch baking pan and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, beat together the butter and both sugars until the mixture becomes light and fluffy. Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract, and beat these ingredients into the creamed butter mixture. Slowly stir in the ground cinnamon, flour, baking soda, and salt, until all of the ingredients just come together. The dough will be very thick. Fold in the quick cooking oats and chocolate chunks until evenly distributed throughout the batter.

Spoon the dough into the prepared baking pan and gently press to the sides of the pan to make an even layer of dough. Bake the bars in the preheated oven for 16-18 minutes, or until they just begin to turn golden brown. Remove the bars from the oven and let cool until warm to the touch before cutting. (The bars may sink slightly in the center–this is ok.) Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Makes 4 bars.

*If you only have old-fashioned oats on hand, measure out 1/2 cup of old-fashioned oats and place in a food processor. Pulse the oats 4-5 times or until they become about half of their size. This can be substituted for quick-cooking oats.

oatmeal choc chunk cookie bar

{Adapted from Baking Bites}

Click below to listen to or read Serial #12 of “Two Sisters”.

Two Sisters, Serial #12, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Two Sisters, Serial #12, text © Jeffrey Anderson


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