Monday, May 11, 2009

Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Bars

At the end of each school year, I am faced with a bunch of random ingredients that need to be used up before we all leave for the summer. I had a little bit of chocolate chips, some random coconut (why did we even have that??), oatmeal, and staples, so we made some of these. I thought they were good, and I don't even like coconut. The kids (even the normally picky ones) gobbled them up also.

Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Bars

1 cup sugar
1 t cinnamon
1 cup butter or margarine
2 eggs
3 cups uncooked oatmeal
1 cup flour
1 t baking soda
1/2 cup flaked coconut
2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a rectangular baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix sugar, cinnamon, butter or margarine and eggs until creamy.
Blend oatmeal into egg mixture.
Dump flour on top of oatmeal and egg mixture. Sprinkle baking soda over flour. Using a fork, blend baking soda into flour. Continue mixing until all ingredients are blended.
Add coconut and blend into dough.
Press dough into baking dish. Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the top.
Bake in hot oven until chips are melted and cookie crust is done (about 20 minutes). **We found it to be more like 30-35 minutes.
Cool and cut into bars.