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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

Over the weekend it was a miserable 93 humid degrees that came out of nowhere. Today its 65 and raining. I don’t know what to do with this weather and I suddenly have no idea what to cook. I’m sick of winter comfort dishes but today doesn’t feel like summer salad weather either. The kids’ sports were canceled because of the rain so we found ourselves having a free afternoon. What’s better on a rainy day than baking? Perrin, is that one random person that prefers oatmeal cookies over any other cookie. I truly do not understand but she would not have eaten them if we just whipped up some good old fashioned chocolate chip cookies. Pippa, my eternally happy child could not care what we made as long as it was sweet. Chocolate would definitely make her happy and it would please me as well : ) This is an easy enough conundrum. I will just make chocolate chip cookies and add oatmeal. A little bit of rough estimation in my head worked out beautifully. These were the perfect combination of crispy edges, gooey centers, and excess of chocolate. Honestly, I might be on Perrin’s team now. The texture of these cookies is delightful. They are perfect and we happily devoured these cookie bars with some ice cold milk : )

What you need:

1 cup or 2 sticks of room temperature/soft salted butter (go for the good stuff, I love Kerry Gold)

3/4 cup dark brown sugar

3/4 cup granulated white sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 cups Quick cooking oats (not instant oats, those are different)

1 tsp baking soda

2 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips (I always use Ghirardelli 60%) but you could use semi-sweet if you prefer

Preheat your oven to 375. I like to use a 9x13 baking dish for these, lining it with parchment paper makes it easy to remove the cookies and slice post baking. Next beat your butter and sugars together in a mixing bowl until they are creamy. Add the eggs followed by the vanilla. In a separate bowl mix the flour, oats, salt, and baking soda. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until it is combined. Now add your chocolate chips. It’s a lot of chocolate, but its one of the reasons these are so yummy. After 28 minutes these were perfect, crispy on the top and bottom but still very soft in the middle. Depending on your oven, I'd take a peek at 20-25 minutes. Ovens and baking dishes vary. A toothpick should be able to come out clean. YUM!

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