Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

We’re sharing a recipe today that brings us back to our childhood. To a time when cookies were simple and delicious and no one thought to put salted caramel, Oreos, or Halloween candy in them ?

There is, of course, a time for such treats, but there is something beautifully nostalgic about making a recipe that has been made for years, and reminiscing about old memories and times gone by. These oatmeal chocolate chip cookies definitely fit the bill, and are made with a recipe that has been passed down and much loved by everyone who’s tried them!

Full disclosure: This recipe uses vegetable shortening instead of butter. We know, we know, but remember what we were talking about with times gone by? Back in the day shortening was regularly used in baking and to be honest, it produces a lovely flavour and texture to these cookies. Feel free to substitute the shortening with butter if you absolutely must, but we would definitely advise sticking to the original ingredients!

The other ingredients that comprise these cookies are basic, everyday, kitchen staples. Oatmeal, brown sugar, a bit of flaked coconut, and a shockingly little amount of chocolate chips. Let us tell you, we were totally tempted to add more chocolate chips! Half a cup?! That’s craziness! But we found that the decrease in the amount of chocolate chips really let the oatmeal component of the cookies shine.

To us, these cookies are similar in sentiment to digestive or tea biscuits. They are not overly sweet, would be perfect with a cup of tea, and are the perfect combination of chewy and crunchy.

Baking from vintage recipes can be so fun! We highly suggest that you take a taste of the past and make these cookies!

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup ( 220 g) vegetable shortening

1 3/4 cup (219 g) all-purpose flour

2 cups (177 g) old-fashioned oats

1 cup (212 g) light brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup sweetened-flaked coconut

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 cup water

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the shortening and brown sugar. In a small bowl, dissolve the baking soda into the water and then add to the mixture as well.
  3. Add the flour, old-fashioned oats, and coconut, and mix again until combined.
  4. Add the chocolate chips and stir until evenly incorporated. Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto a parchment-lined baking sheet then bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
  5. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then, transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

Fatso Granola Bars with Cranberries and Chocolate Chips

It has been super busy here at Fancy Dough headquarters! We’ve been looking after 2 puppies instead of one, had some of our busiest days at work, and been trying to get in some work-life balance at the same time (aka, finally getting around to watching Season 7 of GOT).

We’ve created an easy snack that you can whip up in a matter of minutes because we know that you’re busy too! Fatso Granola Bars are the perfect snack when you need something quick and healthy when you’re on the go whether that’s to school, work, or extracurricular activities.

We used Fatso in this recipe which is a type of hybridized peanut butter made by a local supplier here in Victoria. The aim of the company is take the fear out of fat and look at it more as something that is vital to our health as a form of fuel and energy, instead of something taboo. Fatso is an all-natural peanut butter hybridized with “superfats” including coconut oil, avocado oil, MCT oil, macadamia oil, chia and flax. You can find out more about the company and its founder here.

However, if you don’t have access to this type of nut butter, you can definitely substitute natural peanut butter or almond butter and still get awesome results!

We’re not sure about you guys, but we like some other “stuff” in our granola bars besides just oats. We added dried cranberries and chocolate chips to ours, but the possibilities are really endless. You could add anything from almonds and raisins, to cocoa nibs and peanuts so let your imagination run wild!

These granola bars provide everything that you could want in a healthy snack- texture, chew, a pop of sweetness, and healthy fats and proteins. They’re sure to be a hit with whoever you make them for!

Go bake.

Fatso Granola Bars with Cranberries and Chocolate Chips

Ingredients:

1 large egg white

1/2 cup (125 g) Fatso (or other natural nut butter)

1/3 cup (70 g) packed light brown sugar

1/4 cup (80 g) honey

1/2 cup (115 g) salted butter, melted

2 cups (174 g) old-fashioned oats

1/3 cup (40 g) chocolate chips

1/3 cup (40 g) dried cranberries

Directions:

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with tinfoil or parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg white until frothy. Stir in the Fatso (or nut butter), brown sugar, and honey. Add the melted butter, oats, and cranberries. Stir to combine, then add the chocolate chips.
  3. Pour the oat mixture into your prepared pan and using a spatula or large spoon, spread the mixture out pressing lightly to form an even layer. Bake until the edges of the mixture begin to brown, about 15-17 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 1 hour.  Cut into squares or rectangles and enjoy! P.s. We found that storing in them fridge provided the best texture and longevity.

Inspired by this recipe.

Fudgy Oatmeal Bars

With everything that’s going on in the world at the moment, let’s talk about something a bit more on the lighter side of things. Like what happens when you stuff a rich and fudgy chocolate filling inside soft and tender oatmeal cookie bars. Here’s a hint… you’ll want more.

On the west coast of Canada, Starbucks stocks these pastries called Oat Fudge Bars that are out of this world. In the US the closest we’ve seen is something called a Michigan Cherry Oat Bar, but let us be the first to tell you (in a completely unbiased way of course!) that the oat bars with fudge are better.

Today’s bars get their uniquely fudgy center by melting sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, and butter together to produce a smooth velvety fudge that is so simple to make! It then gets sandwiched between two layers of thick and chewy oatmeal cookie. We used 60% Ghiradelli chocolate chips for our fudge but regular chocolate chips would work just as well!

The oatmeal cookie base is very similar to your standard oatmeal cookie recipe, and gets made much the same way. First you start off by creaming together butter and sugar, then add eggs and vanilla, dry ingredients, and finally the oats. Quick cooking oats are a must for this recipe. Leave your old-fashioned oats for your oatmeal cookies!

The unique thing about these bars is that you don’t completely encase the fudge layer in an oatmeal cookie crust. Instead, you dot the second layer of oatmeal mixture over top of the fudge so that the fudge can peak out and let itself be seen in all its fudgy glory. Believe us, fudge tastes different when it gets to be in the spotlight!

The fudge layer is thck too guys, which is totally satisfying. The oatmeal cookie layer is not too sweet at all though so you’re not overwhelmed with a double-dose of sweetness.

These bars would make the BEST after-school snack and make you a hero to your kids. Or, if you’ve had a long day at university or work these bars would be the perfect pick me up with your afternoon cup of coffee. They’re sure to be a hit whenever you eat them!

Go bake.

Fudgy Oatmeal Bars

Ingredients:

1 cup (226 g) salted butter, softened

2 cups (224 g) light brown sugar, packed

2 large eggs

2 tablespoons vanilla extract, divided

3 cups ( 240 g) quick cooking oats

2 1/2 cups (313 g) all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided

1 can sweetened condensed milk

2 cups (315 g) chocolate chips

3 tablespoons (42 g) salted butter

Directions:

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together 1 cup butter with the brown sugar until fluffy. Mix in the ggs and 1 tablespoon of vanilla.
  3. In another bowl, combine the oats, flour, baking soda, and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir the butter mixture into the flour mixture and then set aside.
  4. In a small pot, heat the sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, 3 tablespoons butter, and 1/2 teaspoon salt over low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon vanilla.
  5. Pat 2/3 of the oat mixture into the bottom of the preparen pan. Spread the chocolate mixture evenly over the top, and dot with the remaining oat mixture.
  6. Transfer to the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the top is starting to look slightly golden brown. Cool on a wire rack, then cut into bars. Enjoy!

Inspired by a recipe found in Just Desserts, a compliation cookbook from KCTS 9 Cooks (2013).