It’s been over a year now. My favorite coffee shop, run by my favorite baristas/owners/friends went out of business; a victim of the economy and the all-too-close corporate coffee shop in the grocery store next door. There were so many things to love at The Coffee Studio, including the creative coffee drinks (New drinks created as specials every week!), the burritos, the banter, and the pastries. Each baker at The Studio put her own unique twist on THE Cookie Bars. I talked this recipe out of Micah, barista and head cookie bar maker at the time, while she still had it in her head, just before The Studio closed. It was originally adapted from the Toll House recipe by Dawn, one of the original owners. Once you have one, you’ll be wanting their ooey-gooey yumminess all the time. This is the way a proper cookie bar SHOULD be.
Gather up a few things that are probably already in your kitchen:
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 1 1/2 cups oats
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 sticks of butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- about 1/4-1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- caramel or butterscotch sauce
- chocolate and butterscotch chips, around 1/4-1/2 cup each
- chocolate syrup (optional)
Preheat oven to 350F
In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
In a smaller bowl, soften the butter. I let mine get melty–not a big problem, but the recipe works a bit better if the butter is just soft. Mix in the brown sugar.
Mix the wet ingredients into the dry.
Press about two thirds to three quarters of the mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 8×11″ pan. (Reserve the rest of the mixture for the topping.) Bake for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and pour caramel (or butterscotch) sauce (about 1/2 cup) over the top of the cookie crust, followed by nuts and chips.
Crumble remaining mixture over the top and drizzle with chocolate syrup (if you want–but really, if you’ve gone this far, why not?!). Bake for 15 more minutes.
Let cool and cut into the cookie size you prefer. The Coffee Studio made them big like this:
These are so, so yummy with a cup of coffee. Can you say decadent breakfast anyone?! C’mon, you deserve a treat; they do have oatmeal in them… 😉
When I made these, Michael set his down on the couch next to him. No sooner had the plate touched the couch, this happened:
This is Pookie’s alter ego, Mr. Naughty Pants. Michael was able to thwart the cookie thief before his cookie bar had kitty cooties on it. Whew! (For more kitty fun and fabulous recipes, check out A Full Measure of Happiness. Lauren’s cat, Henry, and Pook are similarly
evil devious playful, as well as handsome.)
Did you notice how easy these cookie bars are? Are you already out in your kitchen making them?