Melt and Stir Granola Bar Cookies

Golden, sweet and chewy these 4-ingredient granola bar cookies come together in five minutes of working time.  Mom and kid-pleasing!Golden, sweet and chewy these 4-ingredient granola bar cookies come together in five minutes of working time.  Mom and kid-pleasing!

These fun cookies go way back–at least as far as the crunchy granola 70s. When my mother made them back then, she called them Scotch Teas.  Bur my kids took one look and re-christened them Granola Bar Cookies.

The tasty treats 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, stir, pour, bake, cut.  Done!   

Golden, sweet and chewy these 4-ingredient granola bar cookies come together in five minutes of working time. Mom and kid-pleasing!

The recipe is an update of one of my very early posts.  I figured it was time to spiff up the photos, put the recipe in a recipe format—AND I figured out a little trick to make them even easier.  Plus my Sunday blogging friends are doing cereal recipes (see below) so the timing was perfect!  Golden, sweet and chewy these 4-ingredient granola bar cookies come together in five minutes of working time. Mom and kid-pleasing!

Of course, re-reading the original, it was fun to look back at the school treat years.  I had written:

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)!

Ah, those were the days! Golden, sweet and chewy these 4-ingredient granola bar cookies come together in five minutes of working time. Mom and kid-pleasing!

How to Make Granola Bar Cookies

The cookies really are super easy to make. You: 

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

Stir oatmeal into butter & sugar

Stir in remaining ingredients and mix well.

Press into parchment-lined pan, then bake

Cut while still warm

Let sit in pan until hardened, then remove

 

Granola Bar Cookies

Granola Bar Cookies

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes

Golden, sweet and chewy these 4-ingredient granola barcookies come together in five minutes of working time.  Mom and kid-pleasing!

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

Stir in remaining ingredients and mix well.

Press into greased, parchment-lined 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.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 114Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 80mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g

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40 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.

    1. Inger Post author

      Wow, it sounds like everyone is taking nice vacations. Can’t wait to hear more!

  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!

    1. Inger Post author

      It is easy–I think it was one of my staple recipes when I was growing up and just learning to cook.

  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

      Interesting name–here flapjacks are pancakes… And I agree on the simple goodness!

  6. Needful Things

    Oh, it’s that simple to make these! How well do they keep? I love making my own granola but don’t have a lot of success with Granola Bars. And – did you use rolled oats ?

    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 🙁

    1. Inger Post author

      I’ve always struggled with making “real” granola bars–but these are a snap!

    1. Inger Post author

      Oh dear, I don’t even get out of bed until I’ve had a cup. Hopefully things slow down for you!

    1. Inger Post author

      I’m not usually a 5-ingredient kinda gal, but a few ordinary ingredients totally works in these Lisa!

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