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Well These Are Just Dangerous

March 1, 2011

Yep—straight up dangerous.

My friend Lee is a big fan of my salty oat squares (doesn’t that sound like a euphemism for something?), so before we headed over to their house this weekend, I decided to whip up a batch for her. 

As I began pulling out ingredients though, I decided to experiment a little and make the bars more “cookie-like.”  Ohhhh, dangerous move.  The original salty oat bars have a high level of addictiveness—let’s call it “Addiction Level: Lindsay Lohan.”  Sure, they’re awfully tempting.  And yeah, once you steal one, you’ll probably steal another.  Wait, what?  You just forgot that you picked it up?  You weren’t planning on eating it at all?  You were just holding it for a friend?  You don’t know how it got into your purse?  Your crazy mother and crazier father all but forced the oat square into your mouth?

Yeah, that’s how addictive the original salty oat squares are.

The new oat squares, believe it or not, are even more addictive, if that’s possible.  As in, “Addiction Level:Charlie Sheen.”  As in, I am willing to throw my marriage, my kids, my career, and my life away for just a smidgeon of chocolaty salty oaty cookie goodness. 

They’re that good.

Chocolate Oat Cookie Squares


1 cup oats

1 cup oat flour (ground 1 cup oats in food processor until powdery)

2/3 cup flour

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3 tbsp. melted butter

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips (I used bittersweet Ghiradelli chips)

1/2 tsp. salt, plus more for sprinkling


Combine oats with oat flour and regular flour.  In another bowl, combine vegetable oil, butter, sugar, and egg. Pour into dry ingredients and stir until combined.  Add chocolate chips and salt.

Press batter evenly into a non-stick 8 inch square baking pan (or, if not using non-stick, spray lightly with cooking spray).  Sprinkle with salt.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Allow to cool in the pan before cutting into squares.  

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Who needs drugs and prostitutes when you have these?

Charlie Sheen, don’t answer that.   

26 Comments leave one →
  1. March 1, 2011 3:26 pm

    LOL – I needed this chuckle 😉

  2. March 1, 2011 3:50 pm

    Those look like something that wouldn’t last one day in my house!!! Yum!

  3. Ginger permalink
    March 1, 2011 3:57 pm

    Wow, those look awesome. Maybe I’ll take those to Sophie’s birthday celebration on Sunday (or maybe I’ll just make them and eat them all myself!)

  4. March 1, 2011 4:32 pm

    Chocolate is totally my drug of choice. Delicious! Love the pink plate too.

  5. March 1, 2011 6:47 pm

    YUM! I make oat squares for the man & I…pretty regularly (…they are SUPER addicting. Something about the combo of oats & chocolate. So yummy

  6. Amory permalink
    March 1, 2011 6:54 pm

    Don’t worry about getting addicted because you can cure it with your mind 😉

  7. March 1, 2011 6:57 pm

    LOL! But Charlie has Tiger blood 😉

    Those cookies look yummy!!

  8. March 1, 2011 8:08 pm

    They look great. What exactly constitutes “vegetable oil”? Does that include canola, olive…? What isn’t vegetable oil then?

    Thanks 🙂

    • March 1, 2011 9:18 pm

      Mine was just basic vegetable oil– I’d say canola or safflower would work too. I wouldn’t try olive though!

  9. March 1, 2011 9:07 pm

    That is some yummy goodness! Who could resist?

  10. March 1, 2011 9:36 pm

    I’ll take addiction level Charlie sheen…especially when there’s chocolate involved!

  11. March 1, 2011 9:44 pm

    Wow these look incredible!!

  12. March 1, 2011 9:51 pm


    I want theeeese!!!!! stat!

  13. March 1, 2011 11:27 pm

    Hehe, cute post! These look wonderful, thanks for the recipe!

  14. March 2, 2011 12:04 am

    Haha thanks for the good laugh girl! I love the addiction levels. I’ll take one now please, salty and everything 🙂

  15. JenATX permalink
    March 2, 2011 1:25 am

    HA! if these are truly Charlie Sheen addicting I don’t have any business making them. I do not want to end up living with a porn star, marijuana model (wtf does that even mean?!) and a whole other gaggle of women. ACK! they do look good though 😉

  16. March 2, 2011 1:49 am

    A cookie in a square – looks delicious and pretty easy to whip up – a dangerous combo at my house b/c we could probably eat the whole pan in a weekend!!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  17. greensandjeans permalink
    March 2, 2011 2:54 am

    I’m getting in my car now. These are worth driving across the state for.

  18. March 2, 2011 3:13 am

    These look dangerous! YUM YUM

  19. March 2, 2011 12:00 pm

    Yummmmy. At firt I wasn’t sure if the bars themselves would be sweet with a little added saltiness, or just totally savory. I was glad they were sweet – I’ve seen a few savory ideas for oatmeal lately and I just can’t quite come to terms with that. These on the other hand – these look amazing!! What a fun idea to sprinkle with sea salt!

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  21. March 2, 2011 1:02 pm

    “Addiction Level: Charlie Sheen” I love it! Those look amazing, but I’m afraid if I eat those “my face will melt off and my children will cry over my exploded body. Too much?” I feel bad for that man, but some of the stuff he is saying is just gold.

  22. Kelly permalink
    March 2, 2011 1:46 pm

    YUM!! Seeing as how your recipes never let me down…I am gonna have to try these!

  23. March 2, 2011 4:21 pm

    Hahaha both the Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan references cracked me up. Come to think of it, they’d make an awesome couple.

  24. March 2, 2011 7:52 pm

    Holy hell those look amazing.

  25. March 3, 2011 1:14 am

    I’d take these over drugs, alcohol…carrots…mostly anything! yum!

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