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Chewy Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

These chewy cookie bars are SO easy to toss together, and I totally found my new favorite quick dessert for a crowd, get-together, pot luck, or last-minute school function. 

Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Cookie Bars

Chewy Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

I have to just get it out there right away. All credit for these goes directly to Buns in My Oven and her old church cookbooks. I also have a love for old church cookbooks, so I can totally relate here. Also, I love her, and this blog. Karly’s story is amazing, and her blog is so entertaining! I could go on and on, but instead I’m going to direct you over to her blog, and make sure and check out her episode of the Chopped Podcast ! It was wonderful! While you are at it – her Instagram is pretty awesome too.

Browned Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

But these cookie bars? These are a treasure that she found buried deep in that church cookbook! And one I’m holding onto for dear life. They are FAST to throw together, which I totally love.

Browned Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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Cause you guys know I am ALLLLLLLLLL about fast and easy these days. We don’t do desserts all that often around here, and when we do it is usually for a Sunday family get-together, or a special occasion of some kind. Occasionally if I have something laying around from the blog we’ll do a treat after dinner, but I just have zero time to put together a dessert after trying to get something hot and edible on the table for the kids for dinner. Why is it between 4-7 is like the CRAZY hours for babies? I should periscope sometime what after school time until the babies go to bed actually looks like around here. It will be titled – “So you think you want 7 kids, huh?”

I jest. It IS crazy around here, but I kind of thrive on crazy. If that means less complicated and time consuming desserts for a while I’m totally fine with that. Especially if it means I get these more often.

Browned Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Browned Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Yield: 12 bars

Chewy Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

These chocolate oatmeal cookie bars are easy to throw together, packed with chocolate chips, and just a hint of cinnamon.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 2 1/2 cups oatmeal, NOT quick cooking
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 whole eggs + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/4 cups browned butter, cooled
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips (you can do all of one or the other if you'd like, but I prefer this combination)
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix all ingredients together except the chocolate chips until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Spread into a 9x13 pan that's been lightly sprayed with baking spray.
  4. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs on it. They'll look a little under from what you are used to!


Recipe source: Buns In My Oven

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 531Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 467mgCarbohydrates: 62gFiber: 3gSugar: 38gProtein: 7g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Tuesday 26th of September 2017

can i replace chocolate chps with chocolate??

Nicole Johnson

Saturday 30th of September 2017

You should be able to, no problem!

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Friday 2nd of October 2015

Hey Nicole - thanks for the Chopped Podcast shoutout. And I have to say - those photos are pretty amazing! I love the playful nature of them. Pinned!

And, one more thing, I'm in the Karly fan club too. Go Karly! :)

Nicole Johnson

Thursday 8th of October 2015

My pleasure! Love the show! The bars were pretty amazing too. We should get Team Karly shirts or buttons or something - because she rules.

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