Loaded Oatmeal Blondies

I’m kind of addicted to blondies. I’m also addicted to oatmeal cookies, so I married the two. Best decision ever!

Loaded Oatmeal Blondies recipe - clean out your pantry to make the best blondies ever!

Next week we are having laminate wood flooring installed in our entire first floor, including the kitchen. Which means we pretty much have to move out of the main living area for 3 days.

I have to clean out my pantry. I have to clean out my hutch, the bookshelves, the entry hall table. I have to empty my prop cabinet. Oh the horror…

{Actually, I’m going to be in Miami for BlogHer Food starting tomorrow through the weekend. So my husband has to do it. Lucky me, not so lucky him!}

It’s probably a good thing we have to clean everything out – we’ve lived here 2 years and have way too much stuff. I see a garage sale in our very near future.

I started a few weeks ago by cleaning out the pantry. (Who am I kidding? I have to do this every few weeks!) I found several half opened bags of chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, coconut, and various candies. Immediately I thought about making a loaded chocolate chip cookie or bar. But I’ve done that already.

When I realized I had butterscotch chips, my first thought was oatmeal. I love, love the combination of oatmeal and butterscotch. Scotcheroos are the best (especially in cheesecake bars…or toffee!)

Then it hit me: an oatmeal blondie.

Sometimes I can be a genius. ;)

Loaded Oatmeal Blondies - clean out your pantry to make the best blondies ever!

These bars are the perfect marriage between oatmeal cookie and blondies. I used my favorite blondie recipe and edited it a bit to also be an oatmeal cookie. They’re filled with brown sugar and old-fashioned oats for a perfectly chewy bar cookie!

Bar cookies are just so much easier to make too – just press them in the pan and bake. No need to chill dough, no need to worry about if they’ll spread too much. And if you’re like me and line the pan with foil, there is almost no clean up. #barcookiesforthewin

The best part about these loaded oatmeal blondies are the mix-ins. You can seriously add whatever you want! Clean out your pantry and throw it all it. You want 2 cups total of add-ins. Here are some ideas:

  • Chocolate chips (white, semi-sweet, or milk)
  • Butterscotch chips
  • Peanut Butter chips
  • Toffee bits
  • M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces
  • Chopped up candy bars like Butterfingers or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Coconut
  • Nuts

I used a combination of several of the above. I just poured different candies and chips into my 1 cup measuring cup until it was full – twice. I also topped the bars with some mini M&Ms for color. That’s totally optional, but it makes for pretty pictures. :)

What will you add to your loaded oatmeal blondies? I’m going to do peanut butter cups next time…are you surprised?

Loaded Oatmeal Blondies recipe - clean out your pantry to make the best blondies ever!

Since I need to clean out my closets for my floors, I was really hoping to take part in The Great Baking Closet Clean Out today, hosted by Java Cupcake and Make Bake Celebrate. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get my act together in time to actually clean everything out before today. But a bunch of bloggers got together to show you their organizing prowess, and they’re doing a giveaway to the container store! Go check them out!

But first, print this recipe. You’re gonna need it! :)

Loaded Oatmeal Blondies

Yield: 24 bars

Loaded Oatmeal Blondies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 2 cups of mix-ins (I used a combination of chocolate chips, M&Ms, coconut, toffee chips, butterscotch chips, and peanut butter chips. Use whatever you have lurking in your pantry. Any combination works!)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. (Foil is optional; I like using it for easy removal.)
  2. Cream brown sugar and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Mix in salt, baking soda, and cinnamon. Add flour and mix until combined. Stir in oats. Stir in your mix-ins.
  3. Press into prepared pan (dough is sticky, spray your hands with cooking spray to avoid it sticking to your hands). If you want, you can sprinkle a few more of your mix-ins on the top to make them look prettier (as I did with the mini M&Ms in the pictures).
  4. Bake for about 25 minutes. (Be careful not to overcook - the center will still be jiggly when you take these out of the oven and they will finish cooking and firming up as they cool.) Cool completely before slicing into squares.
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Comments

  1. Yep, absolute genius! It’s all the best cookie parts in one amazing blondie! Love it!
    Mir recently posted..Nutella Magic BarsMy Profile

  2. These look so good!
    Chloe @ foodlikecake recently posted..Strawberry Lemonade Sandwich CookiesMy Profile

  3. Wow brilliant idea! These look great! I love the added m&ms on top too. A girl can never have to much chocolate, right?!

  4. The texture with the oats, so dense and chewy, that is what I love! And I love pantry cleanout recipes that get rid of all my odds and ends – love that you mention this. I’m all about it! pinned
    Averie @ Averie Cooks recently posted..Dairy-Free Soft and Fluffy Blueberry PancakesMy Profile

  5. I just made some blondies, but didn’t have oatmeal and all this loaded goodness! These look awesome! Oatmeal cookies are one of my favorites I’m sure I would inhale these :) Pinned!
    Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron recently posted..Enchilada Taco Casserole + Le Creuset Cookware GiveawayMy Profile

  6. Yum! I love cookie bars! Especially ones that clean out the pantry!
    Kathy recently posted..Mexican Grilled ChickenMy Profile

  7. These look so good! I’d love one, right now actually! haha
    Leslie recently posted..Countdown In StyleMy Profile

  8. I see baking in my future tonight after work. I love the combo of pb chips, m&m’s and oatmeal. Pretty sure toffee bits, marshmallows and leftover reese’s eggs will be going into the mix too :)

  9. I’m excited just looking at these blondies!! Oatmeal and butterscotch is a match to die for!! Have fun at Blog Her!! :)
    Renee @ Two in the Kitchen recently posted..Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosted Thick and Chewy BrowniesMy Profile

  10. This is the perfect marriage! I love the flavor combo. They look delicious!
    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker recently posted..Garlic and Cilantro Roasted PotatoesMy Profile

  11. These look like the perfect oatmeal blondies! Love the awesome flavors they’re loaded with! Pinned!
    Gayle @ Pumpkin ‘N Spice recently posted..Crispy Cinnamon Sweet Potato FriesMy Profile

  12. I think I would be scared to have someone else clean out my pantries … like, I’m pretty sure half of it is teetering on the expiration date or would be considered extra (aka three spoons, a dozen straws …) Can’t wait to hear about blogher! And if you have extras of these bars you need help with, you know , while you are gone, I’m here ;)
    Mary Frances recently posted..Whole Wheat Trail Mix Banana BreadMy Profile

  13. Oh, these look extra good. Great pix too.
    xoxo

  14. Oh good gracious! These sound perfect. I love oatmeal cookies so these should be a hit.
    Mandy@Mandy’s Recipe Box recently posted..Apple Pie ChimichungaMy Profile

  15. I hope you keep cleaning if that means you make delicious babies like these. Be sure to take before and after pictures. We put laminate floors in upstairs and love them. Dog proof!
    Emily @ Life on Food recently posted..What I am reading lately…My Profile

  16. I love recipes like these where you can just throw in any extras you have! Plus I mean…oatmeal blondies=YUM!
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) recently posted..50 Years of Stories: NutellaMy Profile

  17. Ya, I could eat the whole batch. And yes I could clean out my baking cupboards out way more often than I do… #oops!
    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen recently posted..Raspberry Lemon Loaf CakeMy Profile

  18. I love oatmeal blondes. I’m a huge fan of oats and try to add them into everything. These bars look delicious!
    Ah, and perfect timing for the Blogher and not having to move all that stuff. :D
    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods recently posted..Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip CookiesMy Profile

  19. All the oatmeal make them super healthy, right??!? Haha! Love oatmeal bars like this, these look awesome!
    Tieghan recently posted..Frozen Hot Fudge and Peanut Butter Swirled Pretzel Macarons.My Profile

  20. Oh my goodness! You timed that well. I’ll have to remember that for next time. Plan to have the housework done while I’m away. Brilliant!
    So are these bars. They look like you eat them in pairs. I could never eat just one!
    Hope you enjoy your time at the conference. Wish I could be there!
    Melanie @ Carmel Moments recently posted..Raspberry Lemonade Iced TeaMy Profile

  21. I love these blondies! I love bars filled with lots of mix-ins, but never seem to make them. I’ll have to change that ;)
    Megan – The Emotional Baker recently posted..Baked Key Lime DonutsMy Profile

  22. WOW!!!!!!!!! oatmeal cookies married to blondies!!!!???? this can’t get any better!!!!!! I love the colorful m&ms atop these oatmeal blondies!!!!
    Samina | The Cupcake Confession recently posted..Orange Butter Coconut Cinnamon SconesMy Profile

  23. Oatmeal cookies and blondies in one? Perfect! I’m loving the oatmeal, butterscotch chips, and brown sugar combo!
    Kristine @ Kristine’s Kitchen recently posted..Snickerdoodle CupcakesMy Profile

  24. You are a genius, Dorothy! But I’ve been telling you this for months! This marriage could be the most beautiful yet! I can’t wait to try them!
    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking recently posted..Lemon Pudding CookiesMy Profile

  25. Perfect way to clean out the pantry! Love that you combined blondies and oatmeal cookies!
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction recently posted..Loaded Barbecue Chicken NachosMy Profile

  26. As soon as I saw this recipe in my email feed, I knew I had to make it. For my mix-ins, I used some plumped raisins and apricots, and five different types of chips. The result: Fabulous! Thanks so much for the recipe. The next time I make it (and there WILL be a next time), I think I’m going to try to figure out how to incorporate some Biscoff spread.

    • That would be awesome! I haven’t done it, but you could probably reduce the butter just a bit, and add the same amount of biscoff as butter. You may just need a little more flour to compensate, but it’s a bar cookie, so if it’s gooey it doesn’t matter so much!

      • Thanks for the advice regarding the Biscoff. I was thinking about the butter-Biscoff exchange, but the addition of extra flour hadn’t occurred to me.

        After I posted my comment, I remembered that I also added a few sweetened chopped dates as part of my mix-ins. I keep them on hand for use in banana bread, and they’re pretty good in these blondies, too. Thanks again!!

  27. I’ve been known to often claim that oatmeal is my enemy, because it’s healthy and I want my desert to be made entirely of chocolate. But then I usually go and bake something with oatmeal like 2 days later (my latest recipe involves oatmeal, too). What can I say, I change my mind a lot. Anyway, this recipe combines both, and I love it! I’m a huge fan of blondies, although I usually add peanut butter to mine. Call it an addiction ;)
    Justyna recently posted..Cranberry Oatmeal CookiesMy Profile

  28. You are definitely a genius, Dorothy! ;) I love everything about these oatmeal blondies. I’m craving them now!!
    Jocelyn@Brucrewlife recently posted..Chicken Bacon Alfredo EnchiladasMy Profile

  29. Wait, you’ve only been in your house for 2 years? How did I not know this?? And send me any cleaning-out-the-house and packing-up-everything tips you have… I’m SO not looking forward to doing that this summer. And being out of commission for a few weeks. That is the one bad thing about food blogging… But these bars? YUM! I need to try the oatmeal blondie combo sometime soon!
    Amy @ Amy’s Healthy Baking recently posted..Cherry Peanut Butter Oatmeal CookiesMy Profile

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