Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars.

When Ryan and I were married (nearly 13 years ago!) my soon to be sister in law gave me a very thoughtful bridal shower gift. She wrote out every one of my husbands favorite recipes that his mom prepared for their family while growing up and gave them to me on 3X5 cards, ready to be placed in a recipe box. I remember thumbing through that stack and testing out recipes our entire first year of marriage. Many were keepers- recipes I still prepare frequently. This Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bar recipe was one of them and has been made so many times throughout our marriage. I love it because it's quick (bars are a great treat when you don't have time to bake multiple sheets of cookies), calls for ingredients I always have in my pantry, and of course its delicious. 

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars
1 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp water
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups oats
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 375. In your stand mixer blend together the butter and sugars. Add vanilla, water and eggs. In a separate bowl mix the flour, soda and salt. Add the oats to the flour mixture, then add the oats and flour mixture to the batter in your mixer. Fold in chocolate chips. Spread batter in a spayed 9x13 pan and bake for 22 minutes. 

Notes: I always use rolled oats in recipes that call for oats, not the quick kind. I like the taste and texture better. Also, If you like your bars a bit undercooked pull them out of the oven after 20 minutes. Slightly overcooked at 24. The 22 minute time I gave in the recipe above seems to be the perfect time for my oven, but your oven may vary. Happy baking!


  1. Yum! I'm adding them to my recipe queue. :-)

  2. Delicious! Thanks for sharing, Danyelle.

  3. Thank you! I've just printed it ready to trial on my family! x

  4. oh yum. I think I shall make these as soon as I feel human again.

  5. What a thoughtful gift from your sister in law. These sound really good. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I agree with Heather J---very thoughtful gift indeed! I LOVE oatmeal choco chip cookies, so these bars sound like perfection!

  7. Ohhh these look and sound amazing. I'm sooo glad you included the recipe too! Thank you much!! =)

    - Sarah

  8. We tried these and they are absolutely delicious!
    Thank you for the recipe!

  9. Wanted to pop back in and say that I made these yesterday, and they are nothing short of FAB-U-LOUS!! My husband loved them!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  10. These look yummy - just wondering if the soda in the recipe is bi-carb soda or baking soda or some other soda I am not aware of..! These may just be the baking inspiration I need right now!

  11. Anonymous, I use baking soda. :)

  12. Thanks Dandee! I live in Australia and sometimes our ingredients differ from yours. Will be giving these a try tomorrow. :)

  13. I'm delivering a meal today to a family and remembered I wanted to try these treats! They smell amazing as they bake. Hope all is well in your world.


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