There is something so comforting about a cookie bar. You sort of get the feeling that you’re eating a granola bar only it’s not. It’s decadent, chewy and above all it is pretty darn good. I would use just about any excuse to just turn my oven on, even in this crazy hot summer heat. I would do it even if I have to stick my head in the freezer every once in a while. It would so be worth it. I made this into drop cookies before but I personally prefer this in a bar version so much more. Plus, it makes dunking a whole lot easier!
Oatmeal and Cranberry Cookie Bar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon grated orange zest
3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup white chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Greased and line an 8 x 8 pan.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg, then stir in the vanilla and orange zest. Combine the flour, baking soda,cinnamon and nutmeg; stir into the butter mixture.
Stir in the oats,cranberries and white chocolate chip (if desire). Press cookie mixture into a greased 8×8 pan
Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown. Allow to cool then cut into bars.