What do you do when you bake cookies you cannot eat that are sitting in your kitchen, screaming that they want to be eaten? Well, you give them away, right? But what happens when you’ve made too much? The answer is easy. You turn them into another cookie treat!
I was inspired by Dorie Greenspan’s Chocolate Whopper Malted Drops recipe (page 85 from Baking from My Home to Yours), which is the September 9th selection for Tuesdays with Dorie (results will be posted at that time). I made a batch of the cookies for Carlo’s co-workers, a group that also includes members of our fantasy football league. When I ended up with too many, and a few misshapened ones, I wondered if I could used baked cookies in another cookie recipe. So I came up with the Loaded Cookies in a Cookie Bar recipe.
In the recipe, there are oats, 2 kinds of chocolate, nuts, chocolate candy pieces, and the leftover cookies that have been crumbled. For the chocolate, I used a combination of TCHO dark chocolate (Nutty and Chocolately flavors) and store-bought semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you can use whatever kind of chocolate to suit your taste.
Here’s the recipe below:
- 1 c. butter, softened
- 3/4 c. light brown sugar
- 3/4 c. sugar
- 1 c. all-purpose flour
- 1 c. rolled oats
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. water
- 1/2 c. bittersweet chocolate chips or 4oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 c. chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
- 2 c. chocolate cookie crumbles
- 1 c. candy pieces
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 baking pan.
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars until smooth.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
- Beat in eggs into butter mixture, one at a time for a minute for each. Then, stir in the vanilla extract and water.
- Gradually mix in the flour mixture until well blended.
- Fold in both types of chocolate chips and chopped nuts.
- Spread 1/2 of cookie dough evenly into greased baking pan. Next, sprinkle dough with cookie crumbles. Then, spread the remaining dough over crumbles.
- Top with candy pieces and place in oven to bake for 30-35 minutes.
- When done, cool completely on wire rack before removing from pan and cutting into bars.
Photos of the folks munching on the bars will be up soon!