Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Bars

printed from melskitchencafe.com

*Note: I almost always double this recipe and press the dough into a large 11X17-inch rimmmed sheet pan. They are delicious with any assortment of chocolate chips (butterscotch, mint, etc.).

INGREDIENTS:

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup oatmeal (quick oats or rolled oats)

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar

1 large egg

1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon vanilla

12 ounces semi sweet chocolate chunks or chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9X13-inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.

Whisk together dry ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. In a large bowl with a handheld electric mixer or a stand mixer, beat butter, sugars, egg and vanilla until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the dry ingredients and chocolate chips together. Mix until combined. Press into the prepared pan and bake for 18-20 minutes until light golden brown. Don't overbake! These bars are definitely better underbaked by just a few minutes rather than being overbaked so watch them carefully. Let cool completely on a wire rack before slicing into squares.