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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

I hope everyone had a good Halloween and a great weekend.  We had a fun night of trick or treating, followed by way too much candy consumption.  I have no will power, it is not pretty.  Which is why I tend to give away pretty much everything I bake.   Sometimes I worry my friends are going to stop talking to me, because I supply them with so much stuff!  But I guess when there is chocolate involved, there is room for forgiveness.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

We are back with the #ChocolateParty for November.  This month the challenge was to pair chocolate with pecans.  The only thing my mind could think of were Turtles.  I had so many ideas incoraporting turtles into hand pies, cookies, or brownies.  But I was craving something with oats in it.  Oatmeal just seemed like the right thing for fall.  Thus, these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars were born.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

The pan size for these oatmeal bars matters.  I used a pan that was a little too small, and it made a big mess of my oven.  I was lucky it was a nice day out, so I could open the windows!  No worries though, the bars came out unharmed.  Dense, chocolate-y, full of oats and pecans, and just plain yummy!  Switching up the flavor of chips in these bars would be good too.  I think a mix of butterscotch and chocolate would be a great alternative.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars
 
Serves: 24
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Dense chocolate chip and pecan oatmeal cookie bars.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 2½ cups oats (not quick cooking)
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1½ cups pecans, chopped

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In an electric mixer cream butter and brown sugar together. Add eggs, and vanilla; mix well. Mix in flour, salt, and baking soda until well incorporated. Fold in oats, chocolate chips, and pecans.
  3. Spread in to a 15×10 inch pan for thinner bars, or a 13×9 for thick bars.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes for thin, closer to 30-40 for thick.
  5. Remove from the oven, and let cool before slicing.

 

How to participate (the rules)
1.) Blog about your chocolate treat. Your recipe must include the two ingredients we choose. It can be a simple no bake treat or a sophisticated layer cake, the complexity level of the recipe is totally up to you.
2.) Include a link back to the Chocolate party page.  Optionally, add the Chocolate Party logo in your blog post or on your sidebar.
3.) Your recipe must be published during the current month. Please do not link old recipes, they will be deleted.

 

 

Comments

  1. Mmm these bars look fabulous!

  2. When there’s chocolate involved, forgiveness usually comes quite easily. Love these bars!

  3. There’s nothing more comforting —or addictive—than chocolate and oats!

  4. A good chocolate bar is never a bad thing. I had lots of ideas for this months post too. Chocolate and pecans are a great combination to play with.

  5. Definitely something I want to try!

  6. Erin….these look fabulous! I swear I could put oatmeal into just about anything I bake. These are an even better alternative to a blondie! They look scrumptious! : )

  7. I think oatmeal cookies are so warm and comforting. These look delicious!

  8. What a GREAT bar cookie. Simply and tasty – right in my wheel house!!!

  9. These look downright scrumptious!

  10. Yum, I want to be your neighbor! I love oatmeal bars with chocolate and pecans, yea I could dig into these. I’m actually trying to be good on my eating for the rest of the year, with all this yummy food for the holidays we will see how well that works out. My son had way too much candy from Halloween that’s all he’s been eating :(

  11. These look so inviting, Erin!

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