12 Days of Cookies! Day Two: Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Yesterday we made lemon-coconut bars, so today I thought we’d continue with the bar cookie theme and make chocolate oat bars!  Instead of flour, these cookies use 2 cups of oats, making them quite a bit healthier than the average cookie.  Well, except for the entire stick of butter they also contain.  I suppose you could use margarine or some disgusting “butter-flavored spread,” but really, why would you?

Chocolate-Oat Bars
(makes about 2 dozen)

2 cups oats (quick oats are fine)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup molasses
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 package chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large glass bowl, melt the butter by microwaving it for 1 minute. Mix in oats, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, and salt.
2. Spread the mixture in a medium greased baking pan (9×9 works well). Bake 8-10 minutes.
3. Immediately after removing the pan from the oven, sprinkle the chocolate tips on top. Wait 2-3 minutes until they get soft and melty, then spread gently and evenly so the entire top is coated with chocolate.
4. Refrigerate at least an hour, then cut into bars. Store in refrigerator for best taste.

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