Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

I woke up this morning with one extremely swollen eye. Nothing but a sliver of vision. This has happened for the past 3 days. Today, I also decided, after almost a year of thinking on the matter, to start a baking blog.
What these two things have in common?
I have no idea.
But here we are. I have a stye in my eye and look like a pirate with an eye patch so therefore I decided to bake up some bars.
There just something about bars. They're so easy to make yet so delicious. These bars were simply inspired by my love for chocolate, coconut and oatmeal. Together, they make one yummy treat.
These are just the right amount of sweetness and have a cake-like texture with a bit of chewiness from the oatmeal and coconut.
Now go make some bars, watch a scary movie and put a warm rag on your swollen eye.
But maybe not the last part.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

  • 1/2 cup butter or 1 stick at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup oats
  • 2/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • half a bar of a Hershey's milk chocolate candy bar (chopped)

Preheat oven to 350.
Beat together the butter and sugars in a medium bowl until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time followed by the vanilla and coconut extracts. Next add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, oats and shredded coconut all at once to the butter mixture. Mix until well combined.

Then add the chocolate chips, cranberries and chopped up candy bar.

Transfer mixture to an 8x8 greased pan.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Let cool for 20 minutes and serve.

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