Cherry, Oat and White Chocolate Cookie Bars

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These soft and chewy Cherry, Oat and White Chocolate cookie bars are easy to make. They’re a cross between a flapjack and shortbread.

Cherry, Oat and White Chocolate Cookie Bars cut into small square slices

What is a cookie bar?

If you ever want to stop your cookie dough from spreading when baked, turn them into Cookie Bars.

The inspiration for this recipe came from Sally’s Baking Addiction newsletter, where she gave the idea of turning cookie dough that spreads, into cooke bars by baking them in a shallow cake tin, such as a traybake tin. Rather than as walnut sized pieces on a flat baking tray.

It worked. I altered my original recipe with a few extra ingredients and ratios to accommodate my tin size. I made sure that the cookie dough was spread evenly. I’m really pleased with the results and plan on making cookie bars from now on.

How to make Cherry, Oat and White chocolate cookie bars:

Preheat oven to 170c fan assisted. Grease and line a 10.5 inch (27cm) x 7 inch (17.5cm) x 1 tray bake tin or similar with baking parchment or greaseproof paper. If you use a tin with a different size, the baking times may differ. 

Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until soft, light and fluffy. This will only take a couple of mins.

Sift in the flour and baking powder. Add the Vanilla Extract, oats, cherries and white chocolate chips. Mix together until well combined and forms a dough. This will only take a few seconds when using the electric mixer. Do not over beat.

Press the dough into the prepared baking pan making sure the level is even.

Bake in the oven for 30 mins or until baked and lightly golden. Testing the centre of the bake with a skewer until it comes out clean. Take out of the oven and dust with caster sugar while still warm.

Leave in the tin to cool a little, before slicing into bars. To get clean straight slices. Leave to cool completely before slicing.

Ways to adapt this recipe:

  • Try using milk or dark chocolate chips in place of white chocolate.
  • Make a water icing to drizzle over the top as an alternative to dusting with caster sugar.

More delicious Cookie Bar recipes to try:

Pieces of Cookie Bars

You may also like to try these Glace Ginger, Oat and White Chocolate Cookie Bars. They have just a hint of Ginger from the Glace Ginger pieces and uses soft dark brown sugar which gives a slight toffee taste.

Cherry, Oat and White Chocolate Cookie Bars cut into small square slices
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Cherry, Oat and White Chocolate Cookie Bar

These soft and chewy Cherry, Oat and White Chocolate cookie bars are easy to make. They’re a cross between a flapjack and shortbread.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Tea Time
Cuisine: British
Keyword: cookie bar, Easy
Servings: 24 cookie bars
Calories: 163kcal
Author: Lynn Hill

Ingredients

  • 225 grams butter softened
  • 115 grams golden caster sugar
  • 225 grams plain flour sieved
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 50 grams porridge oats
  • 100 grams white chocolate chips
  • 100 grams glace cherries roughly chopped
  • caster sugar for dusting

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 170c fan. Grease and line a 10.5 inch (27cm) x 7 inch (17.5cm) x 1 tray bake tin or similar with baking parchment or greaseproof paper. Please note. If you use a tin with a different size, the baking times may differ. 

  • Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until soft, light and fluffy. This will only take a couple of mins.

  • Sift in the flour and baking powder. Add the Vanilla Extract, oats, cherries and white chocolate chips. Mix together until well combined and forms a dough. This will only take a few seconds when using the electric mixer. Do not over beat. 

  • Press the dough into the prepared baking pan making sure the level is even. 

  • Bake in the oven for 30 mins or until lightly golden. Testing the centre of the bake with a skewer until it comes out clean.

  • Take out of the oven and dust with caster sugar. 

     Leave in the tin to cool a little, before turning out and cool completely before cutting ut into bars or slices.

Nutrition

Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 4.7% | Calcium: 1.7% | Iron: 3%

One Comment


  1. Easy and delicious

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