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Oatmeal Cookie Bars with Maple Cinnamon Icing

Another easy cookie bar recipe for you!  I looooooove me some oatmeal cookies and another one of my other favorite lieutenants at work mentioned she had heard I make the BEST Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.  Hint, hint 😉  I asked Lt. if she would like me to make her some oatmeal cookies (yes…duh!), but told her I would have to make a different variety oatmeal cookie from the Oatmeal Raisin Cookies I had already made.  You know…new blog post!  Hahaha.  I gave Lt. some oatmeal cookie options, but she pretty much said everything I mentioned sounded good.  So what I came up with was a yummy oatmeal cookie bar topped with a maple cinnamon icing!  And I declare these are cookies perfect for breakfast, snack or dessert!

Oatmeal cookies!  My favorite all time cookie!!  But since I already have THESE and THESE oatmeal cookies on the blog, I decided to make oatmeal cookies in bar form, and then top them with icing.  My obsession with bar cookies continues y’all!  But this recipe is totally different from any of my previous oatmeal cookie recipes on the blog.  But I beg you….please, please, please don’t skip the icing…it is so easy to mix up!  And that maple……mmmmmmmm.  I bought my maple extract (maple flavoring) from Target.

The batter mixes up quickly and then you just dump the batter in your pan and BAKE!

Oatmeal Cookie Bars with Maple Cinnamon Icing

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Serves: 30 Cooking Time: 25-30 minutes

Ingredients

  • OATMEAL COOKIE BARS:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed (you can use light brown sugar if that is all you have)
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup (optional--adds an extra softness to the cookies)
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I used VAIN Mexican Vanilla Extracted in Cane Rum)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • MAPLE CINNAMON ICING:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon maple extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2-3 tablespoons water

Instructions

1

PREPARE OATMEAL COOKIE BARS:

2

Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper and spray the bottom and sides with baking spray. Set aside.

3

In the bowl of a stand mixer, affixed with the paddle attachment, add the butter and beat on medium-high speed until light and creamy. Add the light brown sugar, dark brown sugar, white sugar and corn syrup to the butter and beat until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl as needed. Add the eggs to the butter-sugar mixer, one at a time, beating one egg into the mixture completely before adding the second egg. Add the vanilla extract and salt to the mixer, mixing until combined.

4

Change the mixer speed to low and slowly add the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder and both oats to the mixer. Mix on low until just combined. Pour dough batter out into prepared pan and spread the batter evenly in the pan. Bake in 350-degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out without raw batter on it. Do not over bake, as the bars will continue to bake in the pan once they are removed from the oven.

5

Remove baked cookie bars from the oven and let set on the counter to cool. While bars are cooling, prepare the maple cinnamon icing.

6

MAPLE CINNAMON ICING:

7

In a small bowl, add the powdered sugar, maple extract, ground cinnamon and water. Stir the mixture until combined and smooth. If icing is too runny, add more sugar a tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached. If icing is too dry, add water by the teaspoon, until desired consistency is reached.

8

Remove the cookie bars from the pan, by lifting the bars from the pan using the excess parchment paper on the sides. Place bars on a wire rack, still on the parchment paper, and pour the prepared icing over the cooled oatmeal cookie bars. Allow the icing to drip off the sides of the bars. Once the icing has cooled and set, cut into desired sized squares.

Notes

Store in an airtight container, at room temperature. Bars stay fresh for several days.

This maple icing smells like a maple donut!!!!

Mmmm….thick oatmeal cookie bars.  With icing.  Perfect with coffee or tea!

That thin layer of icing is perfection!!

So what do you think??  Are these okay to eat for breakfast?!  Oatmeal and maple are TOTALLY breakfast…duh!  Hahaha.  Lt. shared these with the guys on Second Platoon and everyone loved them!  I mean you know people loved them, when they go out of their way a week later to tell you how amazing they were!

XOXO,

Kelly

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    April 17, 2017 at 6:53 AM

    Oatmeal cookies are some of my favorites; I love them baked but something about the dough just makes me swoon. These look awesome! Maple frosting on an oatmeal cookie has to be heaven on a plate :). Have a great week Kelly!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      April 17, 2017 at 8:02 AM

      Hi Kelsie!! I’m totally with you…oatmeal cookies are my favorite. I used to make oatmeal cookies in high school and eat just the dough. No actual cookies actually got baked hahahahaha. But these cookie bars and yummy and super easy to make. Maple is da bomb!! 🙂 Have a great week Kelsie! XOXO

  • Reply
    heather (delicious not gorgeous)
    April 17, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    that thing where you asked her if she wanted cookies and then told her they had to be from a new recipe is so me 😂 at least she was game for anything! i used to leave out some details and make my brother new things because i wanted to try them out, but he’s a little bit pickier (aka avocado mac and cheese wasn’t up his alley).

    • Reply
      Kelly
      April 17, 2017 at 12:59 PM

      Hahaha I love it Heather!! I do that to my husband all the time. “Try this and tell me what you think is in it…” My husband is a good sport…he even tried the homemade dog treats I just made hahahahahahahaha XOXO 🙂

  • Reply
    Lindsay | With Salt and Pepper
    April 17, 2017 at 11:31 AM

    Yup…these change my mind about sweets. I feel like I can taste them they look so good!!!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      April 17, 2017 at 1:00 PM

      Oatmeal is healthy hehehe…I think you should totally make these Lindsay! XOXO 🙂

  • Reply
    jamesw1289
    April 17, 2017 at 11:36 AM

    I’m glad I was able to get a few of these because they were amazing! Ethan loved them and made sure he got to take one to school. Definitely a keeper!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      April 17, 2017 at 1:00 PM

      Awww glad you boys loved them so much! XOXO 🙂

  • Reply
    Kim @ The Baking ChocolaTess
    April 17, 2017 at 6:23 PM

    Kelly, ya had me oatmeal bar. I love, love, love! <3

    • Reply
      Kelly
      April 18, 2017 at 6:09 PM

      Awww thanks Kim!! I’m an oatmeal lover too 🙂 XOXO

  • Reply
    Amy
    April 19, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    Oh Kelly, these look awesome. I love the sound of maple cinnamon icing too!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      April 19, 2017 at 2:24 PM

      Thank you Amy!! The icing is on point! Mmmm…maple 🙂 XOXOXO

  • Reply
    Heidi
    April 23, 2017 at 7:01 PM

    These look delish! Pinned!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      April 24, 2017 at 8:43 AM

      Thanks Heidi! They were a nit at work 🙂 Can’t go wrong with oatmeal and maple! XOXO

  • Reply
    laura70ak
    April 23, 2017 at 11:23 PM

    I always tell people they have to chose something new too–why make something old when you can invent something new!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      April 24, 2017 at 8:45 AM

      Hehehe exactly! Plus it costs me money to make them stuff….I think sometimes people forget that. So I gotta make the recipe work for the blog at least!

  • Reply
    deliposts
    April 27, 2017 at 9:43 PM

    Probably one of the most insanely perfect cookies I have ever seen in my life 😀 Thanks for sharing the recipe. God Bless you.

    • Reply
      Kelly
      April 28, 2017 at 1:24 PM

      Awww! Thanks so much! Your comment brought a smile to my face 🙂 I very much appreciate it! Have a great weekend 🙂 XOXO

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