Thursday, September 5, 2013

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars for Lazy People (like me)

By lazy, I mean they're not even cookies. They're bars. Why separate them first when I can cut them later? Hello gooey deliciousness.

I really can't decide if I've always liked desserts or my pregnancy is making me extra craaaaavy for them. Either way, we're going to a Mississippi beach with friends this weekend, so I decided to make some sort of dessert to-go. We have all the ingredients on hand, so that was my decision making process.

That tea cup is now empty of gooey goodness
(I was also a half-hour early to an editors meeting for The Mirror Magazine  because I'm all off on this different time zone thang, so the extra time obviously went to making baked goods. I called my sister too. Now I have a sweet bite for the 15 thank you cards to go and one more Miss Marple episode... tonight's going to be a good night!)

My next decision came down to two recipes. Here's Megan's recipe - for the bigger is better crowd; I went with this one.

{I also loved this recipe - thanks, Rachael Ray! For those who want a smaller batch of yum.}


first bowl:
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature (ja, that's 16 tablespoons of butta... I lowered that slightly)
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

second bowl:
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

After those two are combined, add in:
2 cups quick-cooking or old fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

375 degrees for 20 minutes or so! 10x15 baking pan is recommended; adjust baking time accordingly! (Or just stick a knife in it to check. Mine took an extra 10-ish minutes.)

I started cutting into it, and then remembered I had to take a picture.
Thoughts on making lemon bars next? Will likes those (I think... but so do I, so it's a win-win). I'm also drawn to Megan's recipe for chewy peanut butter brownies... because if there is one thing I know, it is that peanut butter is the bomb dot com and I am always into peanut butter.

1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness,make the lemon bars from smitten kitchen. You will not regret it. Best. Ever.