Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars Recipe

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This is a great recipe to have in your collection. All of the ingredients are common staples so you don't have to run out to the store to enjoy these chocolate chip-packed bars. --Peggy Fleming
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 287 calories, 16g fat (5g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 139mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in molasses and vanilla. Combine the oats, flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans.
  2. Spread in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 28-32 minutes or until golden brown and edges pull away from sides of pan. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.
TEST KITCHEN TIP: Peggy likes to heat these bars in the microwave for 8-10 seconds and eat with a fork. They're great with a glass of milk.
Originally published as Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars in Test Kitchen Favorites 2004 2005, p294

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Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"I made these just the way the recipe was. Took these to a church function and came home with an empty pan. They were excellent and so easy to make! Plus it's made from things you have on hand at home."

Reviewed Jun. 3, 2012

"These bars came out very nice. I substituted honey for the molasses. We liked them."

Reviewed May. 21, 2012

"Made these and substituted honey for the molasses...they were good. Turned out golden brown and moist. Will make them again soon."

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"These bars were just okay. Maybe there's too many oats? Just not great...too many other yummy treats on this great website to try.

~ Theresa"

Reviewed May. 9, 2011

"These bars are really great and quick to put together. They're also a great way to use up that bottle of molasses I bought and didn't know what to do with!"

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