Friday, July 2, 2010

Oatmeal Bars

Have you ever noticed all the magazines that nail and hair salons have? I swear I haven't bought a magazine in the longest time since I ask my nail and hair people if I can take home a magazine or two each time I go. It's easy to weed through which ones you would like by the time you get done waiting.

Before I forget.....Congratulations to our winner of the $30 Kroger gift card Pixie!!! Best of luck to everyone who pledged pounds, I hope you all reach your goal! Pixie I've sent you an email, but incase it's lost in the internet somewhere please email me your name and address at so I can get the gift card out to you.

This recipe is great to start as a base and add whatever you like. Walnuts, pecans, coconut, cinnamon, keep thinking you can do anything with this. The comments online say it's missing egg in the recipe, but I honestly don't think it needs it, it held together great for me. Since I baked it in the 8x8 pan it came out thick and could have baked a little longer, but I wasn't worried about it because I like my cookies a little gooey and not so crisp. If anything I would cut back on the chocolate chips a little it seemed to be a little much after adding more chocolate on top. You could very easily make cookies instead of making bars it's all up to you, just cut back a little on the baking time. I went a little overboard posting pictures, but they photographed really well and I couldn't pick which ones I liked best.

Oatmeal Bars
(Adapted from Family Circle Magazine)

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup light-brown sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk
2 cups quick oats
1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 8x8x2 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt together.

In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter on medium-high speed until fluffy.

Beat in vanilla.

Reduce speed to low and beat in milk, then flour mixture.

Stir in oats and 1 cup of the chocolate chips.

Spread batter into prepared baking pan.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Microwave remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips for 30 seconds; stir until smooth and drizzle over bars. Cut into squares.


  1. Congrats to Pixie.

    Have a happy 4th of July. Already know ya'll will be cooking some great food.

  2. Thank You again for hosting the giveaway! Sent you a reply email, but google is acting up on if it doesn't make it please let me know!

  3. I just happened upon your blog. Love all the great recipes.

  4. Welcome to Finding Inspiration In Food Moogie thanks for stopping by!!

  5. Wanted to thank you again for hosting the giveaway. Just wanted to let you know I got my giftcard in today!