Melt and Stir Granola Bar Cookies

Earlier this year we were going through a lot of treats.  Five dozen baked goods for the school musical,  four dozen for children’s choir and “we’ll take whatever we can get” for swim club (you know how hungry those athletes get)!

Granola Bar Cookies

Granola Bar Cookies

In deciding what to bake, I tested the “Oatmeal Scotch Teas” from my youth and they made a big impression on my kids, who promptly christened them “Granola Bar Cookies.”    What a great name!

These cookies have a couple of nice traits.  Besides containing a serious amount of oatmeal they are so easy to make that it almost feels like cheating.  Melt butter and brown sugar in a saucepan, stir in oatmeal and baking powder, pour into a pan and bake.  Done!

Granola Bar Cookies with Milk

Granola Bar Cookies with Milk

Granola Bar Cookies

Makes about 16 cookies


  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 2 c oatmeal
  • 1 t baking powder


1.  Combine butter and sugar in saucepan.  Cook and stir until melted.

2.  Stir in remaining ingredients and mix well.

Stir oatmeal into butter & sugar

Stir oatmeal into butter & sugar

3.  Press into greased 8 x 8 pan.  Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes until golden.  Cut while still warm but leave in pan until partly cooled and hardened.

Press in Granola Bar Cookies

Press in cookie mixture

After the cookies have hardened, they often take a little chiseling to get out of the pan.  This can result in damage to the first cookie out  I just figure it’s the perfect excuse for me to eat it!

Granola Bar Cookies Out of Pan

Granola Bar Cookies Out of Pan

26 thoughts on “Melt and Stir Granola Bar Cookies

  1. Karis

    Love the look of this recipe, easy and delicious…my favorite type of recipe 🙂 I’m going to make some for our upcoming 2,500 mile road trip.

  2. Kathy

    These bars look seriously good, Inger. Looks like you’ve posted a winner! (And smiling thinking of all the baked goods you’ve had to produce this year…)

    1. Inger Post author

      I like to think of the kids eating good homemade treats but perhaps I should teach my youngest (whose events these were) to bake 😉

  3. Kelly Leiva

    Those look amazing, was wondering as it is close to impossible to get brown sugar here in Argentina if I could use honey instead??

    1. Inger Post author

      I would worry that straight honey would end up too sticky, but if you used a combination of white sugar and honey I’ll bet it would work. You might need to experiment some to get the ratios right. But I think the honey would be tasty in these. If you find amounts that work, I’d love to hear back from you!

  4. grace

    i usually call the first bar or piece of pie that comes out of a pan the sacrificial piece because i almost always destroy it…maybe on purpose! 🙂

  5. Camille

    I’m intrigued by the idea of a honey variation, and also with mixing in a variety of different nuts, seeds, etc, for a true granola bar experience. What a great, simple recipe!

    1. Inger Post author

      You know I tried and failed at making granola bars from a number of internet recipes. My kids kept asking me to try again so perhaps I should start adding on to this! Thanks for the suggestion!

    1. Inger Post author

      I did use rolled oats. I think they would keep well sealed in a tight cookie tin, though it might be tough to keep everyone from eating them up! I do have some oat groats too which I tried to figure out how to use for granola bars once. Those granola bars didn’t work for me either 🙁

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