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Gooey Chocolate Chip Sandwich Bars… Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Cookbook

September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness month, and today I’m sharing some Gooey Chocolate Chip Sandwich Bars. What do these goodies have to do with cancer? The Gooey Chocolate Chip Sandwich Bars come from the “Cookies For Kids Cancer: Best Bake Sale Cookbook.” I’m giving away 3 copies of this fabulous book– see the details at the end of this post…

The Cookies for Kids’ Cancer cookbook provides directions on how to hold a bake sale, signage, and lots of recipes and photos. The best part? All of the author’s royalties go directly to help fight pediatric cancer by funding research into new treatments and a cure. Author Gretchen Holt-Witt founded in 2007 when her two-year old son Liam was diagnosed with pediatric cancer. A few years and a few hundred thousand cookies and bake sales later, this charity has raised millions of dollars to help fun new pediatric cancer treatments. Kids helping kids… I like that.

These are slab cookies. Made in one pan and lifted out as a slab. Love that word- slab. Slab. Slab. (sorry)

They’re a little chocolatey.  SOOO good right out of the pan and warm and gooey, but rather hard to cut.  It’s best to chill them and them cut them neatly.  If you’re into being neat.

So let’s talk about the makeup of these bars.  They’re basically chocolate chip- oatmeal cookie dough spread into the bottom of a pan, then topped with a gooey chocolate layer, then topped with more chocolate chip- oatmeal cookie dough.  Hungry?  Craving chocolate now?  Yeah, I thought so.

I love the sort of natural, rustic crackle look on the tops of the bars.  Gives you a lil’ peek that there is a gooey layer of chocolate hidden in the middle.

And there they are… my “neatly” cut Gooey Chocolate Chip Sandwich Bars.  Chocolate overload, if you like that sort of thing.  Good with milk, if you drink that stuff.  And perfect for a bake sale, where you’ll make big bucks to donate to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.  I think it’s a great idea for kids to have bake sales for charity– showing them that it’s not all about making money for themselves to purchase their next Wii game or iTunes gift card or whatever.  There are things much more important in this world.

I’m giving away three copies of the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer cookbook, courtesy of Wiley Publishing and three OXO Good Grips Good Cookie Spatulas, courtesy of OXO.  This giveaway is open to anyone who has a mailing address in either the USA or CANADA. Three winners will be chosen via on Sunday, October 2nd and will be contacted via email.  Each winner will receive a Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Cookbook and an OXO Good Grips Good Cookie Spatula.

This giveaway is now closed- randomly selected winners via are commenters #174, 144 and 188.  Congratulations!

Yield: 32 bars

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Gooey Chocolate Chip Sandwich Bars


2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter a 9x13-inch pan with parchment paper, allowing enough overhang on the long side to lift the bars from the pan.

2. Prepare the gooey chocolate filling: Place the chocolate chips and condensed milk in a small saucepan over the lowest possible heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the chocolate has melted and the mixture has thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn off the heat, add vanilla, and stir until smooth. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

3. Prepare the cookie dough: Place the butter and sugars in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla. Beat well. Whisk together the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Add to the butter mixture. Beat until everything is well incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Stir in the chocolate chips.

4. Prepare the bars: Using half of the batch of cookie dough, place dollops into the prepared pan and press down lightly to even it out. Pour the cooled chocolate mixture over the dough and then add small dollops of the remaining dough on top. Don't worry if the dollops don't completely cover the chocolate mixture. Just spread it together as much as you can, and let some chocolate peek through.

5. Bake until lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Set aside to cool completely, then cut into 32 bars.


*These are easiest to cut when they have chilled for a while. You'll be able to get nice, clean cuts when they're firmer, then they'll soften up a bit when they're at room temperature again.

Source: (Adapted slightly from the Cookies for Kids' Cancer Cookbook)

240 Responses to “Gooey Chocolate Chip Sandwich Bars… Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Cookbook”

  1. postedSep 30, 2011 5:26 AM
    Cindy B.

    I tweeted and Facebook share this giveaway.

  2. postedSep 30, 2011 5:27 AM
    Carla Allsop

    These cookies sound awesome. I can’t wait to try them!

  3. postedSep 30, 2011 5:46 AM
    Tracey A

    Cookie bars like this! Decadent and gooey! Yummy and satisfying!

  4. postedSep 30, 2011 5:57 AM

    Chocolate chip cookies, no contest!!

  5. postedSep 30, 2011 6:18 AM

    A friend of mine is a part of PCRF and to help raise money for them each year, we have bake sales at our office. We make all kinds of cookies, bars, and cupcakes. The people at the office are excited each year when we do this. I would make and/or buy Chocolate Chip Cookies. Your recipe above looks amazing.

  6. postedSep 30, 2011 6:23 AM

    These look YUMMY! Can’t wait to try them.

  7. postedSep 30, 2011 6:27 AM

    Added to my facebook…..always a good cause!

  8. postedSep 30, 2011 6:33 AM
    Kim W.

    Some type of bar, like the featured recipe!

  9. postedSep 30, 2011 6:36 AM
    Cindy A.

    Lady, you a speaking my language! I love a right out of the oven chocolatey treat. In my humble opinion, the messier the better. As for what I look for in a baked good… um, a fork. 😀

  10. postedSep 30, 2011 6:41 AM
    Cindy A.

    I retweeted the giveaway (normawatson)

  11. postedSep 30, 2011 6:42 AM
    Cindy A.

    I also left a comment and entered your son’s giveaway. Thank you both so much! 🙂

  12. postedSep 30, 2011 6:42 AM

    I would be looking for chocolate chip cookies. They are my favourite!

  13. postedSep 30, 2011 6:53 AM

    I would buy cookies or brownies!!

  14. postedSep 30, 2011 7:10 AM

    I will definitely be trying this recipe this weekend – it’s looks absolutely delicious! I would love to have this cookbook – if I don’t win, I think I’ll buy it –
    Thank you!

  15. postedSep 30, 2011 7:15 AM


  16. postedSep 30, 2011 7:27 AM
    Carol P.

    Oatmeal raisin cookies.

  17. postedSep 30, 2011 7:28 AM

    I’m drooling from reading this post! I’d have to say frosted cutout sugar cookies are my all-time favorite, but really, any bake-sale item will do!

  18. postedSep 30, 2011 7:47 AM

    Om my, these look so yummy! My favorite baked good would definitely be double chocolate chip cookies. What else would I pick, being a chocoholic 😀

  19. postedSep 30, 2011 7:49 AM
    Lori Hensley

    I’m on my way to the grocery store to get the ingredients! – and if I see a bake sale – I would be buying cooking – just like these! I look for cookies or brownies – anything chocolate!

  20. postedSep 30, 2011 7:52 AM

    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

  21. postedSep 30, 2011 7:56 AM
    Lori Hensley

    I just posted on my Facebook page and included your website so people can find you and the awareness of the charity.

  22. postedSep 30, 2011 8:09 AM
    Diana Hawes

    My favorite purchase at a bake sale is either breads or pies…and of course cookies. Going to try this recipe as I am starving for CHOCOLATE right now.

  23. postedSep 30, 2011 8:17 AM
    Lisa M.

    These look fab! Love bar cookies! At a bake sale :….. always love anything cholocate &/or coconut, but then there’ peanut butter cookies, molasses cookies, the quick breads …. I normally buy 2 or 3 things — bake sales are supporting good causes and I’m getting fresh made goodies. Thanks for sharing this wonderfl recipe!

  24. postedSep 30, 2011 8:24 AM
    Margo Mayorga

    I look for date nut bread like grandma used to make at bake sales.

  25. postedSep 30, 2011 8:31 AM

    What a neat cookbook! These bars look amazing, can’t wait to try them. I love all sorts of baked goods, but I’m a sucker for a good brownie.

  26. postedSep 30, 2011 8:38 AM

    This is a great idea!! Those cookie bars look delicious and if I saw them at a bake sale, then I would have to grab one. The main thing I usually look for at a bake sale is a Big Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookie! Yummy!

  27. postedSep 30, 2011 8:40 AM

    I just posted this on my Facebook page 🙂 I hope you get lots of entries!

  28. postedSep 30, 2011 8:40 AM
    heather massey

    wow… what a great idea! my son was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma (soft tissue cancer) in 2006, he was 3 at the time. he loved the smell of baked goods, but couldnt stand to eat them with the treatments! He is now a very healthy 9 year old & 5 years cancer free. i LOVE this idea!!! its an extremely hard time & with her taking time to do this in the middle of her situation… AMAZING!!! I pray God will bless all of her efforts!!!
    our favorite is almost what you printed here! we love Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies! & we make them pan style, (or slab!!!) never thought of layering! <3 & Blessings!!!

  29. postedSep 30, 2011 8:41 AM

    I just left a comment on Recipe Boy’s Giveaway, too 🙂

  30. postedSep 30, 2011 8:41 AM

    I love anything that has big chunks of chocolate chips in it!

  31. postedSep 30, 2011 8:42 AM
    Laura Scott

    Lemon bars, hummingbird cake or pumpkin fudge.

  32. postedSep 30, 2011 8:43 AM
    heather massey

    ps… & all shared!!!

  33. postedSep 30, 2011 8:45 AM

    My favorite baked good would be carrot cake 🙂

  34. postedSep 30, 2011 8:45 AM

    shared on Facebook

  35. postedSep 30, 2011 8:45 AM

    Shared on facebook. What a great cause.

  36. postedSep 30, 2011 8:47 AM
    Beth VM

    I usually go for almond bars or some unusual sweet that I wouldn’t normally make. These cookie bars look amazing.

    On a side note: I am so glad that you support Childhood Cancer Awareness. Not enough people do, because “It is just to sad”. My friend Dawn lost her 3 yr old son to Neuroblastoma 2 yrs ago after he battled for 23 months. Thank You for spreading the awareness.


  37. postedSep 30, 2011 8:48 AM

    Cupcakes are my weakness…I think the problem is the frosting. And if I buy them at a bake sale, I can just buy 1. If I make them, I have 24. 😉

  38. postedSep 30, 2011 8:49 AM
    Karen Hill

    What a great idea and a fabulous recipe! thanks so much for sharing it! When I head to the bakesale table (always my first stop at any bazaar or fundraiser) I always look for snickerdoodles…yum yum…cinnamon is food of the Gods! Of course, buying one kind of treat is never enough so anything involving chocolate is a sure sale too!

  39. postedSep 30, 2011 8:55 AM

    I tweeted!

  40. postedSep 30, 2011 8:57 AM

    I would like to say that you had me at gooey but you actually had me at Kids fr Cancer. My baby brother is a St. Jude’s survivor. Great cause love!! And the cookies are fab as well 😉 I’m a bar girl…maple pecan.

  41. postedSep 30, 2011 8:58 AM
    Cassie McBride

    My favorite baked good is rice crispy treats!

  42. postedSep 30, 2011 8:59 AM
    Kathy B.

    Bear claws for sure!

  43. postedSep 30, 2011 8:59 AM
    Kathy B.

    I shared on Facebook!

  44. postedSep 30, 2011 9:00 AM
    Cassie McBride

    I shared this giveaway

  45. postedSep 30, 2011 9:04 AM
    Cassie McBride

    I commented on your son’s page!

  46. postedSep 30, 2011 9:14 AM

    Toffee 🙂

  47. postedSep 30, 2011 9:16 AM

    Favorite bake sale goody for this time of year: Pumpkin spiced cookies! I swear everyone always gobbles them up!

  48. postedSep 30, 2011 9:49 AM

    How funny I had been craving chocolate chip bars and planned to make some this weekend so now I can try this wonderful recipe!
    My favorite item from a bakery is a cream filled long john or creme horn!
    But at a bake sale I always look for peanut butter cookies first!

  49. postedSep 30, 2011 9:52 AM

    These look so extremely yummy! I am not a chocoholic, I am thinking about the 2 cake layers or a smaller chocolate layer. Having a slab cookie…I don’t have to worry about chocolate chip cookie meltdown!

    Make all time favorite cookie, Oatmeal Raisin! Double yummy!!

  50. postedSep 30, 2011 10:02 AM

    Love this! I can’t stand to go to a bake sale and see Costco cupcakes or cookies! My fav is a classic chocolate chip or peanut butter cookie.

  51. postedSep 30, 2011 10:19 AM
    Christy Piwowarczyk

    I love your recipe! I also like to add dried cherries and healthy raw nuts!

  52. postedSep 30, 2011 10:44 AM
    Tabitha K

    I LOVE chocolate chip cookies.

  53. postedSep 30, 2011 10:45 AM
    Tabitha K

    I tweeted about this

  54. postedSep 30, 2011 10:52 AM

    Caramel brownies for me!! What a great cause to support! Thanks!

  55. postedSep 30, 2011 11:01 AM

    I love giving candies (truffles, bon bons, etc)…you can make them ahead of time!!

  56. postedSep 30, 2011 11:01 AM

    I’m a cookie girl. Signed up for a bake sale at a Fright house in two weeks to bring Orange creamsicle cookies and Caramel Apple Cookies. And I’m a cancer nurse!

  57. postedSep 30, 2011 11:03 AM

    I googled a chocolate chip recipe and came up with this one . . . i made it last night and OMG i am making another batch now cause the first batch is already gone!!!!!

  58. postedSep 30, 2011 11:13 AM

    Anything with chocolate in it! And those look YUMMY!

  59. postedSep 30, 2011 11:15 AM

    Shared this on FB…GREAT cause!

  60. postedSep 30, 2011 11:27 AM

    I LOVE cupcakes! The crazier the better!!

  61. postedSep 30, 2011 11:43 AM

    I like anything with chocolate in it.

  62. postedSep 30, 2011 12:32 PM

    If I were to go to a bake sale I’d look for anything that resembled dense chocolate!

  63. postedSep 30, 2011 1:14 PM

    I LOVE lemon squares, especially when I don’t have to bake them 😉

  64. postedSep 30, 2011 1:15 PM
    Angela Stacy

    Rice Krispie Treats are my weakness at any bake sale. However, this looks like something that must be tried. Thanks for sharing. It is a great cause. Children are a true blessing from God.

  65. postedSep 30, 2011 2:34 PM

    Chocolate chip cookies with toasted pecans are my absolute favorite! Though this time of year I also yearn for “Pumpkindoddledoos” (pumpkin snickerdoodles). And your chocolate slab cookies look pretty delicious, too!

  66. postedSep 30, 2011 2:43 PM

    Looks great, can’t wait to try these this weekend! I love chocolate chip cookies, but baking a double batch can become very time consuming, now when I’m short on time, instant gratification!

  67. postedSep 30, 2011 3:09 PM

    I love everything at bake sales: chocolate chip cookies, crumb cakes, brownies, muffins, homemade candy… there isn’t a bad choice in my opinion.

  68. postedSep 30, 2011 3:13 PM

    Shared this on facebook.

  69. postedSep 30, 2011 3:35 PM

    My favorite is a good ol fashioned chocolate chip cookie!

  70. postedSep 30, 2011 4:19 PM

    I would be looking for some yummy brownies

  71. postedSep 30, 2011 4:22 PM

    YUM! those look absolutely delicious…all that chocolate 🙂

  72. postedSep 30, 2011 5:13 PM

    I would go if there were chocolate chip cookies.

  73. postedSep 30, 2011 6:30 PM

    I would buy Monster cookies or scotch a roo bars at a bake sale!!! I would even buy something I didn’t like or want if it is for a good cause!

  74. postedSep 30, 2011 8:03 PM
    dorothy mora

    pie pie pie!!! my second would be a thick and chewy oatmeal choc chip cookie- maybe like this one.

  75. postedSep 30, 2011 8:32 PM
    Amy M

    My favorite baked good is a toss up between brownies and chocolate fudge cupcakes!

  76. postedSep 30, 2011 8:33 PM
  77. postedSep 30, 2011 8:37 PM
    Amy M

    I left a comment on

  78. postedSep 30, 2011 9:31 PM

    Those look delicious.
    My favorite cookie is my adapted version of the NYT chocolate chip cookie!

  79. postedSep 30, 2011 9:52 PM
    Lana Tourniquet

    I prefer Coca-Cola cupcakes…I make them from my grandmother’s recipe. 🙂

  80. postedSep 30, 2011 9:53 PM
    Lana Tourniquet

    I tweeted this and Facebooked it!

  81. postedSep 30, 2011 10:19 PM

    I always buy the nicest looking chocolate chip cookies at bake sales.. but these look better than any I’ve seen…

  82. postedOct 1, 2011 3:47 AM

    There’s a load of chocolate in those bars, Lori. What a fabulous treat! And a wonderful cause, too.
    For some reason, I’m always drawn to cupcakes at a bake sale.

  83. postedOct 1, 2011 5:25 AM

    chocolate chips cookies are my achilles heel ;o)

  84. postedOct 1, 2011 6:37 AM

    I LOVE white chocolate macadamia cookies!

  85. postedOct 1, 2011 10:11 AM

    My favourite would be millionaire’s shortbread.

  86. postedOct 1, 2011 11:00 AM

    I would go for any type of cupcake!

  87. postedOct 1, 2011 11:51 AM
    Joan McCormick

    I’d absolutely buy these chocolate chip sandwich bars for my husband at a bake sale, but for myself it would have to be lemon bars.

  88. postedOct 1, 2011 12:08 PM

    I love cookies, preferably one with chocolate in it!! yummm

  89. postedOct 1, 2011 1:34 PM

    My favorite is brownies! Big, chewy, fudgey ones 🙂

  90. postedOct 1, 2011 2:55 PM
    Vicki N

    My favorite would be anything chocolate!!! Everything is made better with chocolate!

  91. postedOct 1, 2011 3:23 PM
    Sarah McLean

    I would love to find raspberry and marshmallow brownies. LOVE THEM!

  92. postedOct 1, 2011 3:37 PM
    Patricia Hinshaw


  93. postedOct 1, 2011 3:41 PM

    I would go for a peanut butter brownie!!

  94. postedOct 1, 2011 3:42 PM
    Patricia Hinshaw


  95. postedOct 1, 2011 3:42 PM
  96. postedOct 1, 2011 3:43 PM

    commented on recipeboy’s blog

  97. postedOct 1, 2011 6:37 PM

    Scotcharoos-my favorite. I can’t ever make them, because I’ll eat them all!

  98. postedOct 1, 2011 6:48 PM
    Sue Dewane Smith

    The one thing that I always look for when going to a bake sale is a good Pecan Pie!

  99. postedOct 1, 2011 7:33 PM

    Love your blog! My favorite dessert is carrot cake so I’d love something like a carrot cake bar.

  100. postedOct 1, 2011 7:34 PM

    Shared your giveaway and post on my blog,, and on facebook.

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