Chocolate chip cookie bars are one of my sweetest childhood memories. These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip-Pecan Cookie Bars are not only filled with oatmeal, chocolate chips and pecans, but they feature a healthy dose of nostalgia, too. Enjoy them warm, or at room temperature, with a tall glass of milk.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip-Pecan Cookie Bars
My Mom made cookie bars often. There was never a complaint heard from my brothers or from me. I can still remember the thrill I felt when I noticed the oh-so-familiar smell of cookie bars while baking filling our house. It was sheer torment waiting long enough for them to cool and cut but, they were always worth the wait. These chocolate chip cookie bars go a step further adding chewy oatmeal and toasted nuts to the mix. They're rich and satisfying on every level. Enjoy them with a cup of coffee or hot tea, or the beloved stand-by a tall glass of cold milk. It's a bonefide treat anytime of day.
Tips for Making Oatmeal Chocolate Chip-Pecan Cookie Bars
- This recipe uses quick cooking not instant oatmeal.
- You may substitute walnuts, almonds or macadamia nuts for the pecans.
- I prefer milk chocolate chips but, semi-sweet chips will work, too.
- For a citrus twist, checkout this recipe for Lemon Sugar Cookie Bars from Inside BruCrew Life.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip-Pecan Cookie Bars
- 1 ½ cup quick cooking oats
- 1 cup all-purpose flour plus 2 Tbsp
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter softened
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 11.5 oz package milk chocolate chips plus ½ cup divided
- 1 ½ cup toasted pecans or walnuts toasted and divided
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread the nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast for 6-8 minutes until golden. Cool completely.
- Spray a 13 x 9 inch metal non-stick baking pan with baking spray or butter.
- In a medium size mixing bowl, use a whisk to sift together oats, flour, baking soda and salt.
- Using an electric mixer, cream together butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla.
- Beat for 2 minutes until fluffy and combined. Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Stop and scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Mix entire package of milk chocolate chips and 1 cup chopped nuts into the dough by hand.
- Spread into the prepared pan and sprinkle the top with the remaining ½ cup chocolate chips and chopped nuts.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center shows moist crumbs.
- Cool completely then cut into bars.
These are delicious!!
Damn tasty! I don’t like too much milk chocolate so I did half semi-sweet and half milk. The bars are delicious!
I'm so happy you loved these, thanks!
Very tasty bars. Next time I'll add some milk.
Is there really 780 grams of chocolate chips in this recipe?
Or did i translate it wrong?
I'am dutch 🙂
According to an online converter I googled, 11.5 ounces of chocolate chips is 326 grams. Plus approximately an additional 85 grams for the 1/2 cup.
OMG!!!! THESE ARE THE BEST BARS EVER!!!
THEY WILL BE PART OF OUR FAVORITE RECIPES!
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Thank so much!
Do these freeze well?
Sure, cool completely then store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.
Have you ever used old fashioned oats? That is what I have in hand.
You can use old fashioned but, you need to pulse them a couple of times in a food processor to make smaller.
Are you using salted or unsalted butter?
I typically use salted but, either will work.
This recipe looks delicious but I'm not a big fan of chocolate chips. Could I substitute butterscotch or peanut butter chips? Thanks
I suppose you could, sure.
Melissa..... I love all your recipes. Your site is by far the bests site for all the delicious recipes!! Thank you for having a site, where we can see the item in living color, read the recipe, and then ACTUALLY PRINT IT OUT and make it..... without having to go round the rosey to get it.. THANK YOU SO MUCH..Dana
Hi Dana, I'm delighted you're finding some dishes to enjoy. Thanks for such a sweet and encouraging comment!
Just made these and oh my stars are they scrumptious!!! I am going to try toasted coconut nest time. Thanks so much for putting smiles on my family's faces.
I haven't but I expect they would work fine.
I only have regular oats, have you ever used those?
I only use regular oats, since it's what I have. Even use them for no bake cookies. They make for a different texture but taste great. May need to use a little less.
Thank you ladies!
Looks delicious! Will try this weekend.
Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books
Oh my! The combination of chocolate and Oatmeal in these bars sounds great! =)
I'm with you Connie I love that combo. Thank you!
I make anything with chocolate and pecans in it! Bar cookies are such a time saver too. Thank you Melissa!