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I bake quite a bit. We have study groups at our house once a week during the school year, and part of hosting means providing a snack for the group. It’s amazing how much more kids engage when there are cookies or muffins on the table! I also like to offer a treat when we have guests over, and sometimes I bake just to be a nice mom.
I have one recipe card in my cabinet that I don’t even put in my recipe box, because I use it so much. It’s really more a list of ingredients than a recipe. It’s faded and has dried crusty bits on it. Have you got a recipe like that?
Most often I make these as chocolate chip cookie bars. But I’ve come up with some tasty variations that you might like, too.
Hold out the chips – up the vanilla and brown sugar – and you’ve got rich butterscotch bars.
Reduce the flour a bit and stir in some oats and you have what I think are my new favorite variety. Oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bars. Divine.
Obviously, you can substitute any kind of chips you like, or add candy, nuts, or dried fruit, too.
And aside from customizing the recipe for add-ins, you can also substitute some of the butter for coconut oil. I usually go halfsies when I do that.
I’m making two pans today… chewy butterscotch bars and oatmeal chocolate chip. (May I insert here that if you are a dough snatcher, the oatmeal chocolate chip is not to be missed.)
Having basic recipes that you can build on is a big part of kitchen success, I think. If you’re an experienced homemaker, don’t you have a handful of recipes that you return to time and again, often tweaking them to fit your mood? Having some foundational recipes in your back pocket means that you aren’t constantly trying to re-invent the wheel.
You can find the printable base recipe including variations below.
Make these! I’ll bet that you have all of the ingredients in your pantry right now!
Inspiration recipe found here.