Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Do you love oatmeal cookies and oatmeal bars? You’re going to go nuts for these oatmeal chocolate chip bars! They are soft and chewy and full of melty chocolate! You’ll love these easy dessert bars!

Super chewy and gooey oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bars!

You know those old cookbooks that you find at garage sales and thrift shops? The ones that all the little old ladies at church contributed to? Yeah, those.

They’re the best.

Although, one time I found a recipe that called for sugar, vanilla, cool whip, aaaaaaand a brick of Velveeta cheese.

Super chewy and gooey oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bars!

Look, you can do what you want. It’s your life. If you want to put velveeta and cool whip and sugar in one dish and call it good, then who am I to judge?

(I’m judging. I’m judging so hard.)

So, clearly, sometimes you have to skip a few of the recipes in the church fundraising cookbooks. But, mostly? Mostly you’re going to find tried and true family favorites. That’s why I love those books so much!

Super chewy and gooey oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bars!

I found a recipe for the perfect oatmeal cookies in one such book and I’ve held on to it for years. And years and years.

I didn’t want to make oatmeal cookies today, though. I wanted to make oatmeal bars! And, so I did. I loaded them up with a whole bag full of chocolate chips, because the more the better! You could use raisins and add a little cinnamon to the batter, but then you’d be a bad person who prefers wrinkly fruit over melty chocolate and we couldn’t be friends anymore.

Super chewy and gooey oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bars!

Sooooo, anyway. What I’m saying is, don’t miss out on these oatmeal chocolate chip bars! They’re thick, they’re soft, they’re chewy, they’re gooey, they’re melty, they’re basically all the good things you want in an oatmeal cookie.

But, aside from all that, they’re totally simple to prepare! No waiting for the butter to soften. No chilling the dough. No weirdo ingredients. Just easy, classic oatmeal cookies in bar form. Git ya some.

Super chewy and gooey oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bars!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 25 minutes Total Time 35 mins
Serves 16 bars     adjust servings



  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups butter, melted (and browned, if you like)
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips (or any variety)


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Add everything but the chocolate chips to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until just combined.
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Spread the batter into the baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes or until a tester comes out with just a few moist crumbs. Bars should look slightly underdone.
  5. Let cool 1 hour before cutting into bars.


Recipe Notes


Disclaimer: The nutrition information presented below is not guaranteed to be accurate.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 433kcal Calories from fat 202
% Daily Value
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 218mg 9%
Carbohydrate 53g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 31g
Protein 6g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g