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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars – thick and chewy cookie bars that are loaded with chocolate chips, oats, and a great way to feed a crowd!

I have always been a sucker for the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie that is thick, gooey, soft, chewy and just delicious. Especially when you get them fresh out of the oven and the chocolate is still melty.

But sometimes you really want to mix this up. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are a classic staple, so turning them into a bar that is thick and chewy is a good idea! Plus when you don’t have to bake tray after tray of cookies, it makes things even easier!

oatmeal chocolate chip bars on a napkin

I love making cookie bars, because they are just so much faster and easier than actual cookies. The cookie dough is fast to make, but you have one pan baking, and then you are done. No scooping dough, you don’t have to let it chill, and no multiple trays going in and out of the oven. Just quick, easy, and dessert is done.

What’s In Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda
  • Flour
  • Old Fashioned Oats
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chip
  • Pecans (optional)

I am not usually a nuts in dessert type person, but pecans work really well in these if like nuts in your desserts. Walnuts would work great as well.

oatmeal chocolate chip bars on a napkin

How To Make Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

  1. Start like you would if you were making traditional cookie dough. Cream together the butter and brown sugar until it is light and fluffy.
  2. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract and mix until it is all well combined.
  3. Mix in the flour, baking soda, and salt until it is well incorporated and looks like cookie dough.
  4. Next you fold in your old fashioned oats, chocolate chips, and nuts if you are using them.
  5. Press the dough into a 13×9 inch baking dish and bake until they are golden, the top appears dry and is completely set.

You do need to let them cool before slicing. If you slice when they are still warm they will fall apart and make a mess.

oatmeal chocolate chip bars on a napkin

What Pan To Use For Cookie Bars

For this recipe it depends on how thick you want your bars. For a thick bar use a 13×9 inch baking pan. If you want slightly thinner a 15×10 inch jelly roll pan works great. The bars in the pictures were made in a 15×10 in metal baking pan.

Recipe Tips

  • When making any cookie dough you really want to start with room temperature butter. It isn’t only about getting it broken up and mixing with the brown sugar, it is about creaming them together. And this happens when the butter is at the right temperature.
  • Make sure to check the date on your baking soda. Baking soda expires much faster than people realize. And it can be part of the reason why cookies don’t turn out quite right.
  • Nuts are 100% optional. You can use pecan or walnuts if you like or just leave them out. That is totally up to you!
  • Old Fashioned Oats help to give these bars their thickness and texture. Quick cooking oats work, but it isn’t quite the same.
  • Be sure to measure your flour correctly or your bars may be dense and hard. You want to spoon the flour into a measuring cup and gently level it off with a knife. You don’t want to pack any extra in there or the bars could be dry.
close up oatmeal chocolate chip bars on a plate

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

oatmeal chocolate chip bars on a napkin

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars - thick and chewy cookie bars that are loaded with chocolate chips, oats, and a great way to feed a crowd!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans, chopped (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In an electric mixer cream butter and brown sugar together. Add eggs, and vanilla; mix well.
  3. Mix in flour, salt, and baking soda until well incorporated.
  4. Fold in oats, chocolate chips, and pecans.
  5. Spread in to a 15x10 inch pan for thinner bars, or a 13x9 for thick bars.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes for thin, closer to 30-40 for thick.
  7. Remove from the oven, and let cool before slicing.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 307Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 36mgSodium 223mgCarbohydrates 37gFiber 3gSugar 23gProtein 4g

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Susan Gustafson

Saturday 10th of July 2021

Made these today and just had a taste. Yum! Making for church picnic but may save some for freezer. Directions and tips are excellent. I made in jelly roll pan and will serve lots! THANK YOU

Cindys Recipes and Writings

Saturday 9th of November 2013

These look so inviting, Erin!


Tuesday 5th of November 2013

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 :(

Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie

Tuesday 5th of November 2013

These look downright scrumptious!

Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet}

Monday 4th of November 2013

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

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