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Do you attend cookie exchanges this time of year?    I’ve only ever attended a couple of them in my life, but every year, I tell myself that I’m either going to attend one or host one.  Of course, this usually doesn’t happen.  But I’m so excited because this year, I actually am attending one, and I couldn’t be more excited.  My mind has been filled with cookie ideas, and I’ve been scouring cookbooks, trying to decide what I want to take.   There are about a million cookies I’d like to try, but guess what?  Whenever I just get a cookie craving, I crave the simple.  The ordinary.  The go-tos like chocolate chip and oatmeal.  And I know there are probably about a million recipes out there for different chocolate chip cookies, but this is one that you are going to want to try!

Lunch Lady Bars | www.tasteandtellblog.com

This is yet another Pinterest find.  I came across this recipe quite awhile ago, and have been so excited to try it.  They are named after the bars that the blogger had in the school cafeteria.  These cookies – made in bar form – are a little bit different because they are made using oil instead of butter.  What you end up with are cookie bars that are so soft and moist – just how I love my cookies!  I honestly don’t know if these would even work in cookie form, or if they would spread too much, but really, the bar approach is really much easier.  I made these one day, not really planning on making anything but deciding that I needed to satisfy a cookie craving.  I, for some reason, didn’t have enough chocolate chips on hand, so I did a combination of chocolate and white chocolate.  I think these would be great bars to just throw anything from the cabinet into!

Be forewarned, though – these babies are addictive.  You won’t be able to stop at just one!  These bars would make a great addition to any cookie plate, and would be a hit at any cookie exchange!

Lunch Lady Bars | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Lunch Lady Bars
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Named after cookie bars served in a high school cafeteria, these chocolate chip bars are soft, moist, and addictive!
Serves: 16 bars
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, or a mix of both
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, combine the oil, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Mix together well. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well inbetween additions. Stir in the vanilla. Gradually add the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Stir in ¾ cup of the chocolate chips. Spread the mixture into a 9x13-inch pan. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 18-22 minutes, or until light golden brown.
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  6. Slightly adapted from yum


Here are some more tempting cookie bars:

Sugar Cookie Bars from Love & Olive Oil
Cherry Chocolate Cookie Bars from A Bloggable Life
Marshmallow Peanut Butter Double Chocolate Pillowtop Bars from Love Veggies & Yoga
Sweet Potato Casserole Cookie Bars from Pink Parsley
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from Brown Eyed Baker
Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from Heat Oven to 350

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27 Responses to Lunch Lady Bars

  1. Deborah, these look sooo good! They remind me of blondies but with choc chips..and they look fabulous.

    Thanks for linking up my bars…you’re so sweet.

    I love bars and making bars. So much easier than cookies, I find. And such freedom, too, to tweak things. I need to try yours!

  2. These look great. Oil does such wonderful things to quick breads – I can only imagine what it does to a bar. The pics look like the have a nice crispy top and super moist insides…I can absolutely see why these might be addictive.

  3. These look so good! I hope you’re bringing these to the swap on the 10th. I too crave chocolate chip cookies, they are my fave!

  4. These look so good! My husband would love them.

  5. Rosa says:

    Great bars! They look so droolworthy. Anything with chocolate chips is irresistible.



  6. I always crave the simple cookies too. Just give me chocolate chip and I’m a happy girl! I love that you use white and regular chips in these – that’s my favorite!

  7. Nina T. says:

    Oh my do these look scrumptious!!!! Funny you mention that you’ve wanted to host or attend a cookie exchange and not done it…..that’s what i’ve been saying for years now and this year I’m FINALLY hosting one! These would be a great one to share! Thank you!

  8. Bev Weidner says:

    Now I have the song stuck in my head. BUT I DON’T MIND BECAUSE THESE LOOK BAD.I.CAL.

  9. jennifurla says:

    These look super easy, love the texture and color.

  10. Kristy says:

    I love the name of these cookies! 🙂

  11. Haha! Love the name of these bars! We never had anything this good in our school cafeteria though!

  12. Cassie says:

    These sound amazing. I want to run home right now and bake a batch. The texture looks incredible!

  13. Betty says:

    Hmmm…we didn’t have anything this yummy in our cafeteria! These do look like a great easy cookie swap cookie. Soft and moist is exactly how I like my cookies too. 🙂

  14. Joanne says:

    I’ll be honest, I’d choose cookie bars over regular cookies any day! These look so densely delicious…I’m enamored.

  15. Katrina says:

    These sound delightful! Yum!

  16. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme says:

    These do look totally addictive! I definitely got to give these a try. I wish my lunch lady had these when I was in school! 🙂

  17. In my oven as I type! Might not be a treat for the babies, but will def. be a treat for the Momma!

  18. Chels R. says:

    Those look like the perfect bite ever! Must Make Soon!

  19. Dee W. says:

    Just Stumbled upon these (literally) and will be trying them out!

  20. These looked so easy to make I was suspicious they could be more than averagely tasty. But WOW! So good! I added a cinnamon sugar glaze (milk and confectioners’) and they were gone within an hour. Made another batch last night 🙂 Thanks for the great 10 minute recipe.

  21. these look amazing. thanks for sharing

  22. martha says:

    Deborah, these bars look so delicious! thank you for the recipe. i will be trying this on Saturday, urg wish me luck i will need it. thank you stumble upon!


  23. Ciara says:

    I just made these and they are fantastic! My little brother and his friend have the pan under their control. I didn’t even get to slice them…

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