Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

filed under: Chocolate Cookies on November 15, 2015

Creating a delicious and perfect-from-the-oven Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bar has never been easier! I love all things chocolate chips and bars and put together a list of my top 50 Cookie Recipes just for you!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

Sometimes life just calls for ooey-gooey-falls-apart-in-your-mouth chocolate bars. I may be in the minority, but I tend to prefer a slightly under-done bar… one that is best eaten with a spoon. One that is amazing on its own but even better when friends and family can join together around the baking pan with a fork in hand. Have you ever done that? Just let the kids dig in with a fork? It is a bonified memory-maker… one of those things that the kids never forget and will definitely ask for again!

To achieve this ooey-gooey bar, bake for a few minutes less than the recipe suggests. Top with some vanilla ice cream and you have created a magical bar that everyone will love!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars Recipe


Rolled Oats vs. Quick Oats

I used Old-Fashioned oats in my recipe but you can certainly use Quick Oats. We love oatmeal so love the consistency, texture, and flavor that an old-fashioned rolled oat adds. Most people use quick oats and never notice the difference, though!

PRO TIP: Make sure your pan is prepared really well. I like to use baking spray for this specific recipe, but you can also use GOOP, or homemade pan release. If you are using GOOP, make sure to coat the sides of the pan as well.

Easy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

Homemade Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

This recipe comes together really quickly and is a super fun treat for after school, bake sale, or special event. I like to use good quality ingredients when I can, but I also like to clean out my pantry! 😂 I have made these with different chocolate morsels, quick oats, whole wheat flour, even all granulated sugar instead of brown sugar. They are a hit EVERY time no matter how we modify the recipe!


Ooey Gooey Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

This is one of those classic recipes that you can modify to fit your tastes. Add raisins or walnuts or white chocolate…  even caramel or toffee! Make up a batch now, let the family dig in, then send the leftovers to school with the kids. I promise this will be one of the best things you will do today!

Whoops. I might have slightly undercooked this batch. #sorrynotsorry

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

Last time I made these bars they went for $5 each at the bake sale and SOLD OUT!

UPDATE: I made these for another charity event and packaged them the exact same way I did in this post for Fancy Christmas Cakes. (Except that I used white ribbon) They sold out FIRST!! One trick when packaging is to use very chilled bars. I simply cut the bars while they are still in the pan and then chilled them in the pan for about 2 hours in the refrigerator.

Another thing you can do is display them on a cake stand. Get them up higher than all the rest of the treats! Here are my tips for how to find and buy the PERFECT Cake Stand as well as where I store my cake stands! These tips work like a charm and who doesn’t love raising money for charity?

5 from 17 votes
These Gooey Chocolate Oatmeal Bars and DANGEROUS to have around!
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Creating a delicious and perfect-from-the-oven Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bar has never been easier!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: oatmeal chocolate chip bars
Servings: 24 bars
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175 degrees C). Prepare a 9x13-inch baking pan with baking spray, parchment, or the butter/flour method.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer (can also use hand-held mixer) beat the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until well mixed, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  4. With mixer on low, add in the vanilla extract.
  5. Remove bowl from stand mixer and add in salt, baking soda, baking powder, flour, rolled oats, plus semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  6. Stir by hand to moisten all ingredients.
  7. Spread 1/2 mixture into the prepared baking pan. Pour milk chocolate chips on top of mixture. Carefully press remaining cookie mixture on top of chocolate.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 24 to 30 minutes.
  9. Let cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before cutting into bars.

Want to see how I organize my pantry to accommodate all these staples? Here is my Kitchen Pantry Before & After.

BAKE SALE APPROVED! These bars sell out fast and furious and cement you in AWESOME mom status!

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  • Jenna Flynn says:

    Oh man, these were super easy to make and are delicious!!!

  • Mary Schreiber says:

    Great recipe and I love all your hints and comments.
    Thank you!

  • Laura says:

    I misread the recipe and stirred in all the chips. Still came out fantastic. Thanks for a great recipe!

  • Marcie says:

    I made these, super easy except to spread them in the pan. I put my hand in a plastic bag and it worked much better; otherwise, the batter stuck to my hands. I also used butterscotch chips instead of milk choc. I smell them baking. YUMMY

    • Jonika says:

      When I use a stickier batter with my hands, I put them under cold water real quick. It’s not enough water to dilute what I’m working with, but also helps the batter not stick to my hands

  • Verla says:

    Need recipe for icing for sugar cookies

  • Ute says:

    I made this recipe for my son’s 14 year old birthday. He and 5 other boys that age devoured it. They told me I should sell these cookie cakes, that’s how amazing it tasted. Thanks for sharing.

  • Dhanoshri says:

    I love all your recipe. ..amazing. …

  • Sandra Beckstedt says:

    I’m not a choc chip fan, could raisins be used in place of chips

  • SHARON says:

    I made these today! Absolutely amazing!

  • Erica says:

    Is there any way to make these for a large crowd using a cookie sheet instead of a 9×13? If so how would you adjust ingredients as well as bake time? Thanks!

  • Glenda Chaffin says:

    Very good!!

  • Demelza says:

    bona fide

  • Kathy Atkins says:

    I made this did not have semi sweet hocolate morsels, so I added butterscothch morsels in the batter and half a cup of milk chocolatee morsels. I added a tsp. of cinnamon. They look great and I didn’t layer mine. I put the mix in a glass pan and added milk chocolate morsels to the top and used a spoon to push them down in the top . Not dry. Next time I think I will cut the oats down to one cup.

  • SHARON says:

    So easy to make and so delicious. I have made bbn ot 5 times and my family always ask for it again and again. It a family favorite now!! Thank you

  • Tamara Meyers says:

    I don’t always have butter, can crisco or margerine work? Is there a measurement difference for using crisco or margerine?

  • Rohani A Hamid says:

    Awesome recipes, have tried some, turns out good

  • Michelle says:

    I am unable to tolerate any granulated sweeteners. So am gonna omit those and add maple syrup or dates. Am also subbing a vegan, soy free butter and a GF Flour.Also will sub Enjoy Life brand vegan, top 8 allergen free choc chips. YUM! Thanks for sharing this! 🙂

  • Dawn says:

    Made these today with milk chocolate and peanut butter chips, all I can say is yummy delicious! Ooey gooey scrumptious! And maybe I should never make them again, LOL. Thanks for the fabulous recipe.

  • Jenna Flynn says:

    Listen I hate when people leave comments on recipes and then state what they changed, but here I am. I made three adjustments – used only semi sweet cc (2 cups), mixed it all together vs separating, & finished by sprinkling with Maldon flaky sea salt which sent these over the edge. These bars are a go to, amazing, easy, and everyone raves about them. I generally double the recipe and put in a half sheet pan. Thanks Amanda for this delish recipe!! 5/5

  • Olivia says:

    Hi Amanda. Well I know its been to late for replying now. Its been 4 years since you wrote this recipe 😀

    Well I wanna say huge thanks. The funny thing, My obgyn said I have to rest after my surgery last week. But when I saw your chocolatechip bar, I can’t just sit and relax. My body move magically lol. And now I have bake this yummy gummy bar! 😀

    I bake only for 20 minutes. And it taste like heaven. Yum. I can’t stop saying yum! Lol. Sooo good. Not so sweet that perfect for my tastebud.

    Maybe I will bake it longer at next baking session just to make it more set to serve.

    Thank you so much. Love. Olivia. Indonesia

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      SO glad you enjoyed them, Olivia! Hopefully, you are feeling better after the surgery!

  • Aurora Salinas says:

    Do you spray the dish first or placed the parchment first?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      If you are spraying you don’t have to use parchment. If you are using parchment and spray you can spray before AND after if you want. But one of the other will work fine.

  • karen richards says:

    you don’t specify old fashion or quick cooking oats.Also you don’t answer questions that are asked like.. can crisco or margarine be used in place of butter? can salted butter be used ? Thank you

  • Brenda says:

    Love your recipes!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Thank you, Brenda!

  • Jill says:

    These bars are delicious!

  • Alison O'Donnell says:

    Easy to follow recipe, and wow they are delicious.I made with my favourite milk chocolate. I will have to turn the willpower on to resist eating all at once. Thank you!!

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