Oatmeal Cookie Bars

oatmeal chunk barsThese oatmeal bars are quick and delicious. They’re still cookies, so they’re not exactly health food, but they include oats and nuts and can be made with whole wheat flour. You can customize these with whatever you want to mix in. I have two common variations: chocolate/walnut, and white chocolate/cranberry/walnut.

1 cup flour (all-purpose or a mixture of AP and whole wheat)
3/8 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup oats (quick-cooking work best for me, but rolled oats are fine too)
85g (6 tbsp) butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
170g (6 oz) chocolate chips or chunks, chopped nuts, and/or dried fruit


Cream butter and sugars. Add egg and vanilla and mix well. Add all dry ingredients and mix to combine. Finally, stir in your chocolate, nuts, and/or fruit.

The batter will be rather thick. Spread it in an 8-inch (21-cm) square pan, and bake at 190C (375 F) for 18-20 minutes.

(This recipe can be doubled and made in a 13×9 inch pan.)


Chocolate Crinkles

chocolate crinklesThese soft, fudgy chocolate cookies are really great for Christmas. They are best eaten on the same day they’re made.

4 tbsp (56g) butter
8oz (230g) semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1-1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
powdered sugar for rolling


Melt butter and chocolate together.

Beat eggs and sugar together with an electric mixer until pale, thick, and fluffy (about 3-5 minutes). Add the vanilla. Combine with the chocolate.

Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder. Add to chocolate mixture and mix until combined.

Chill for several hours or overnight until it hardens into a dough.

Form balls of about 1 tbsp, roll in powdered sugar (make sure to cover the chocolate dough completely), and place on baking sheets. Bake at 325F (165C) for 8-10 minutes.