Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Halloween Cookie Bars {My Go To Cookie Recipe}

These Halloween Cookie Bars come together easily using a biscuit baking mix. They're filled with oatmeal, butterscotch chips and are topped with candy corn and festive sprinkles. 
Let me share with you today one of my favorite cookie bars. I pretty much love just about any cookie, but by far these Halloween Cookie Bars are on the top of my list. They're super easy to make and utilize a biscuit mix instead of flour. 

Anytime my kids have a school party or need to carry a sweet treat somewhere this is always my go to recipe. I saw these over at southern plate a couple years back and have been making them ever since. I try and put a different spin on these when each holiday rolls around.

For Halloween we used butterscotch chips and candy corns, but if you're not a fan of candy corn just substitute with Holiday Themed M & M's or Reese's Pieces candies. One year I made some Valentine themed cookie bars for my daughters school and all the kids loved them. 

Next time I'm in Target I will try and remember to grab a couple bags of the new Candy Corn White Chocolate M & M's. I'm guessing those would make a mean cookie bar. Hopefully I can get some before they're all gone.

The best thing about this recipe is that everything is done in one bowl. Don't you just love those kinds of recipes? Start off by combining the first six ingredients in large mixing bowl. Mix until well blended. Add the butterscotch chips and mix to combine.

Pat into greased 8×8 pan and bake at 350 for twenty five to thirty minutes. Remove from oven. Sprinkle the top with candy corns. Return to oven, watching carefully, for two to three minutes, just to allow the candy corn to warm enough to stick. Watch carefully so candy corn doesn’t melt. Remove from oven, let cool and add sprinkles.

When completely cool cut into bars and enjoy!

Halloween Cookie Bars

1/2 - cup old fashioned or quick oats
1 - cup brown sugar, packed
2 - cups biscuit baking mix  Jiffy, Bisquick, Pioneer or Homemade
1 - egg, beaten
1 - stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted
1 - teaspoon vanilla extract
1 - cup butterscotch chips
1 - cup candy corns
holiday Sprinkles for Garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the first six ingredients in large mixing bowl. Mix until well blended. Add the butterscotch chips and mix to combine.

Pat into greased 8×8 pan and bake for 25-30 thirty minutes. Remove pan from oven.

Sprinkle the top with candy corns, return bars to the oven (watching carefully), for 2-3 minutes, just enough to allow the candy corn to warm enough to stick. Watch carefully so candy corn doesn’t melt. 

Remove from oven, let cool and add sprinkles. When completely cool cut into bars and serve.

Adapted from: Southernplate


Avril said... #

Yum! I think I will make some of these right away! Thanks Sweetie!
~avril :-)

Axelle the french reader said... #

Good evening,
I'm a french reader, I live in Toulon, in south of france (between Marseille and Nice) and I come time to time on your blog. I like his "family side".
I would like to ask you something :
I do love US cookies, traditional cookies, with chocolate chips. I use to cook them often, but I have to admit that it's a little bit long. Because I have to make them cook in oven several time. I don't know if I can be understood. I make 10 cookies, then I get them out of oven, put them to cool, and do again 10 cookies ...Etc ...
And I discover you recipe that you make in ONE dish !!!! Do you have the traditional cookie's recipe that I could cook in ONE dish, please ?
Thank you very much for your help,

Tina Butler said... #

You can make pretty much any cookie into a cookie bar recipe. I have done it with traditional chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies. I would recommend using a 9 x 13 inch baking pan instead of the 8 x 8 I used in the recipe above. I hope this helps.

Axelle the french reader said... #

I don'' know what is oatmeal. But, I'm going to try. Thank you very much for your answer.

Tina Butler said... #

I keep forgetting things are different all around the world. The Oatmeal Cookies are Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Have you ever tried them? I love this recipe http://smittenkitchen.com/2009/02/thick-chewy-oatmeal-raisin-cookies/

It could easily be made into a bar recipe using a 9x13 inch pan. Here is a link to my Cookie & Bars category. http://www.mommyskitchen.net/2008/06/cookies-desserts.html

You will find a lot of recipe that can be adapted into bar recipes or that are a cookie bar recipe. The oatmeal scotchies are really good as bar cookies. I hope this helps.

All Good in Mommyhood said... #

I've never used Bisquick for a cookie bar - I can't wait to try these. Cookies bars are one of my favorite things to bake. Easy, fast and delish!

Teddy Big said... #

My kids saw this blog and they said to me that it's too late for some Halloween cookies. I just replied to them that there's no "too late" for a person who is thirsty for some cookies. LOL. We will try this Halloween cookies of yours even if Halloween is over. This will always be yummy anytime.

adrienne... said... #

What do you think about using the Heart Smart healthier Bisquick for these? Think it might work?

Tina Butler said... #

I have never tried the heart smart bisquick, but it's worth a shot. LMK if you try it out.

AnickH said... #

i actually made these but i used 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup granulate sugar. bisquick is amazing!!

Meaghan said... #

If I am looking to double the recipe, can it go in a 9x13? I work in a large office and one pan of 8x8 isn't going to cut it LOL.

Tina Butler said... #

Yes this recipe can be doubled and baked in a 9x13 inch baking pan.

Anonymous said... #

Oatmeal is an "oat! cereal.
you can buy oatmeal in a cardboard canister at your grocery store if they have it there in France.