Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

December 2nd, 2010 by Dionna | 4 Comments
Posted in Adults, Children, Eclectic Learning, Healthy Living, natural parenting, Preschoolers, Teens, Toddlers

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toddler mixing cookie dough

Kieran had fun helping mix the cookie dough.

I am ashamed to admit that we made these as cookies for our local firefighters. Because they turned out a little flat (albeit delicious and a little bit healthier than the traditional CCC recipe),1 I used the rest of the dough and tried them as a “cookie brownie” or bar. They are SO SO much better as bars!! Seriously delicious. I should make another batch and take them as an apology to the fire station.


2 cups butter, softened
2 cups lightly packed brown sugar
4 eggs
4 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour (I used 1 cup wheat, the rest unbleached white)
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1 tbsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
6 cups oats (I used old fashioned oats, but I bet quick oats would be fine too)
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Up to 2 cups nuts and berries (optional – sunflower seeds, walnuts, pecans, and/or cranberries would all be delicious!)

Directions for Cookies

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy (4-5 minutes).
Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla with a spoon or scraper.
Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture with spoon/scraper until just blended.
Stir in the oats, nuts/berries, and chocolate chips.
Chill dough for up to two hours to prevent the cookies from spreading as much (helpful, but not necessary).
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake cookies up to 12 minutes.
Allow to cool for 2-5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Directions for Bars

Instead of dropping them by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet, press the dough into a 13×9 pan and bake at 325 degrees for at least 25 minutes (check to be sure they are cooked thoroughly). Cool, cut, and serve.

*Adapted from

  1. The cookies turn out flat even though I use extra baking soda and I stir by hand (being careful not to overstir). Any helpful hints are appreciated!

4 Responses to:
"Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars"

  1. Tracey Priggis

    Hi, love the look of the Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal biscuits, but was wondering what ground flax seed is and would we have an english equivalent or is it ok to leave out? Just to say I love CodeNameMama!!

  2. Jeanie   gypsychild

    I’m thinking you used too much eggs and butter. One cup butter should be plenty as one cup sugar should also be plenty when you are using only 2 1/2 flour. I would recommend using turbinado sugar, they sell it in all stores now. Brown sugar contains from 3.5% molasses (light brown sugar) to 6.5% molasses (dark brown sugar) mixed with refined white sugar. Turbinado and Demerara sugars are made by crystallizing raw sugar cane juice.
    The flax seeds can replace egg, yogi’s use it to replace egg. So maybe reduce eggs to only 2.
    If you reduce all this you just might need to reduce oats by 2 cups.
    Who knows, it may just work.
    Have you ever used whole wheat pastry flour, harder to find than ww. I have to go to health food stores. It is lighter than ww and you could use it instead of any white although I would use white with ww, just like you did, if I couldn’t find the pastry.

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      Thank you for the tips Jeanie!! I’m wondering if you just want to come over and help me bake sometime ;)

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