Friday, February 27, 2015
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookie Bars
1 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup all-purpose flour, plus 2 Tbsp
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup [2 sticks] butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 [11.5] oz package milk chocolate chips plus 1/2 cup, divided
1 1/2 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 9 x 13 inch metal non-stick baking pan with baking spray or butter. Sift together the oats, flour, baking soda and salt.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Beat for 2-3 minutes, then 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 in one [11.5] oz package of milk chocolate chips and 1 cup chopped nuts by hand.
Spread into the prepared pan and sprinkle the top with the remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips and chopped nuts.
Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden. Cool completely then cut into bars. Yield: 24 bars
from Melissa's Southern Style Kitchen