Cookie Butter Bars

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Simple-to-make oatmeal bars with a gooey cookie butter (biscoff) and milk chocolate chip center. These cookie butter oatmeal bars are sure to be a huge hit! These bars are like the famous Carmelitas, but with COOKIE BUTTER instead! via chelseasmessyapron.com

These Cookie Butter Bars start with a simple oatmeal cookie dough that is baked, then topped with chocolate chips and lots of gooey cookie butter and finished off with another layer of oatmeal cookie dough.

We love cookie butter! Use leftover cookie butter in these tasty Cookie Butter Cups.

Cookie Butter Bars stacked on top of each other.

Cookie Butter Bars

We pack these sweet oatmeal Cookie Butter Bars with chocolate and gooey cookie butter. They’re such a unique, rich, and totally addictive treat!

What is Cookie Butter?

Cookie Butter (also known as Biscoff Spread) has a peanut butter-like texture and is made from ground spice cookies. This rich, delicious, sweet creamy spread created from these cookies is a common alternative to chocolate or nut butter spread in countries like Belgium, the Netherlands, and France.

This tasty spread can typically be found near nut butter and jams in larger grocery stores. It’s truly the star of these Cookie Butter Bars!

Process shots-- images of the oatmeal base layer being made and pressed into the prepared pan.

Cookie Butter Bar Tips

  • Let the melted butter cool. To make the Cookie Butter Bars base, we melt the butter for texture reasons, but then it needs a chance to cool back to room temperature. Hot butter will begin to melt the brown sugar. That causes greasy bars that won’t bake properly– or you may even end up with a film of grease on top of the bars. Ick!
  • Use your favorite type of chocolate. We love milk chocolate in these bars, but it does make them very rich. If you prefer a different type of chocolate, any type of chocolate chip will work. You could even do white chocolate for a great flavor variation.
  • Use parchment paper. These bars are messy, sticky, and nearly impossible to get out of the pan nicely if the pan isn’t well lined. With parchment paper, these bars are a breeze to pull out, with even easier clean-up! Leave an overhang to make the bar removal even easier.
  • Allow time for these bars to cool completely before pulling them out or cutting them. This isn’t one of those desserts that are best straight out of the oven, but rather, it’s best when they are completely cooled and set up. Right out of the oven, they’re too gooey and crumbly.

Process shots-- images of the chocolate chips being added to the baked oatmeal layer; cookie butter being poured on top of chocolate; and the remaining oatmeal dough being added on topped and baked.

QUICK TIP

Store Cookie Butter Bars in an air-tight container at room temperature for 3-4 days; after that, they become a bit stale. Freeze leftover bars by individually wrapping and then placing the wrapped bars in a large zip-top bag without air. Thaw at room temperature and don’t be alarmed if the chocolate takes on a white speckled appearance; this is simply the milk solids raising to the top of the chocolate.

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Cookie Butter Bars

4.67 from 3 votes
These Cookie Butter Bars start with a simple oatmeal cookie dough that is baked, then topped with chocolate chips and lots of gooey cookie butter, and finished off with another layer of oatmeal cookie dough.
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Cookie Butter Bars

4.67 from 3 votes
These Cookie Butter Bars start with a simple oatmeal cookie dough that is baked, then topped with chocolate chips and lots of gooey cookie butter, and finished off with another layer of oatmeal cookie dough.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Cookie Butter Bars
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 16 bars
Calories 259kcal
Author Chelsea Lords
Cost $5.62

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (12 tablespoons; 170g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 3/4 cup (144g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1-14 cup (160g) white flour
  • 1 cup (255g) cookie butter or Biscoff spread Note 1
  • 1 cup (170g) milk chocolate chips (or semi-sweet or dark)

Instructions

  • PREP: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8-inch pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang for easy removal, and set aside. In a large bowl, melt the butter. Set aside to cool back to room temperature. If the butter is still hot it will melt the sugar and cause greasy bars.
  • COOKIE LAYER: Once butter is cooled, add in the brown sugar and vanilla. Stir until combined. Add in the oats, baking soda, salt, and flour. Mix until combined. Take half of this mixture (just eyeball it) and press it firmly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until very lightly browned at the edges.
  • COOKIE BUTTER: Meanwhile, place the cookie butter in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds.
  • CHOCOLATE CHIPS: When the bottom layer is done baking, remove it from the oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips over it in an even layer. Slowly pour the Biscoff evenly over the chocolate chips. Gently smooth this layer evenly over the chocolate. Sprinkle the remaining oatmeal cookie mixture over top of everything. Don't press this cookie part topping down into the bars.
  • BAKE: Bake for another 13-20 minutes or until lightly browned at the edges. (Mine always takes right around 15 minutes.)
  • ENJOY: Remove and allow to cool completely, about 2-3 hours. The cookie butter will be very gooey and soft at first. These bars take a while to be firm, so allow time for the bars to sufficiently cool before cutting. Use parchment paper overhang to pull out the bars from the pan and cut them into 16 equal bars. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Note 1: You can find Cookie Butter at Trader Joe's and Biscoff Spread at most grocery stores--look by the nut butter!

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 277IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Holy moly these bars!! There is so much good stuff in these I don’t even know where to begin! haha And with cookie butter …. sigh. I love that stuff.

    1. Hi Bonnie! “Cookie butter” is found at Trader Joes otherwise the exact same product is called “Biscoff” and I buy mine at Wal-mart by the peanut butter and jam! I hope that helps 🙂

    1. Hi Jean! “Cookie butter” is found at Trader Joes otherwise the exact same product is called “Biscoff” and I buy mine at Wal-mart by the peanut butter and jam! I hope that helps ?

  2. 5 stars
    These were sooo good. Definitely going in my baking rotation. I am vegan so used earth balance in place of the butter. They came out a touch greasy (maybe due to the eb) so I might cut that back a bit next time. Also used butterscotch chips and pecans in place of the chocolate chips. They were really so good. I might experiment with swapping out cookie butter for peanut butter with chocolate chips for something different.

    1. So happy you enjoyed these bars Jennifer! 🙂 And all your variation ideas sound AMAZING! You’ll have to let me know how you like it with peanut butter!

  3. 4 stars
    These were absolutely amazing! I couldn’t taste the cookie butter as much as I would have liked though. The calorie count is also way off. Cookie butter itself is 210 calories per 2 tablespoons so there is no way that a bar is less than that.

    1. Glad you enjoyed!! Where are you seeing a calorie count? Doesn’t look like there is one on this recipe yet!

      1. I see it under nutrition facts. It says 259 calories per 1 serving. I also wanted to ask if you could make these but with nutella instead of cookoe butter?

          1. It tasted great! These are definitely going in my “keeper” recipe book, like your pumpkin chocolate chip cookies! The calorie count is listed their though, you might want to check on that! 🙂

          2. Glad you enjoyed these bars! Sorry I’m not sure what you want me to check on here? The calories for the cookie butter bars are at the bottom of the recipe! 🙂

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