I made the best cookie bars today. I’ve made them before, but today I finally photographed them. I did a split batch; half cranberry-raisin half chocolate chip. This satisfies the whole family. I suggest giving this recipe a try. It’s simple, it’s fast, and it’s very versatile!

Ingredients:

1 cup Salted Butter
½ cups Sugar
¾ cups Packed Brown Sugar
1 Egg
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
½ teaspoons Salt
1-½ cup Flour
3 cups Rolled Oats
½ cups Dried Fruit
½ cups Chocolate chips

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350F.

Cream butter with sugars. Add egg and vanilla, and blend well.

Combine cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and flour. Add this to the wet ingredients and stir until combined.

Stir in oats, then drop all of the dough onto a piece of wax paper. Form it into a ball and divide roughly in half. Or use a scale to measure it into 2 even halves, if you’d like to be precise.

Generously butter a 13×9 inch glass baking pan.

Add one half of dough back into the mixing bowl, and stir in your chocolate chips. Put that dough into one half of your buttered baking dish. Mix the fruit into the other half of your dough, and put that into the baking dish. Press the doughs down, making a roughly level sheet.

If you’d like, you can use a dull knife to score the doughs along their dividing line, which will help a bit (really only a bit) when it comes to cutting the two types away from each other. As you can see I wasn’t very precise when I split my doughs in half, and I have a little more fruit dough than chocolate.

Bake at 350F for 30 minutes, or until top is lightly browned.

Cool for about 20 minutes to eat warm, or cool completely to get more perfectly sliced bars. No need to remove them from the pan for cooling.

You can cut these into 24 bars or 48 squares.

*NOTE: If you like your cookie bars very full of stuff, this dough can accommodate double the amount of fruit or chocolate. Go ahead and add 2 cups of chocolate chips if you’d like! I actually went a little over 1/2 cup of each. Chocolate chips and dried tart cherries are an awesome combination, too (1/2 to 1 cup of each). Try a mix of M&M’s and Reese’s Pieces, it’s wonderful. This dough is your oyster. Get creative!

Oatmeal Cookie Bars
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