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Oreo and Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

There is a very special friend of mine who is having a baby next month.  Her name is Jenny, and she is seemingly obsessed with creating recipes of all kinds with Oreos.  Her most famous recipe is one in which she stuffs a homemade chocolate chip cookie dough with an Oreo and bakes it up into a delicious new cookie (yep, Jenny is the originator of that idea).  Anyway, since my sweet friend Jenny is having a baby, that’s cause for celebration… so I made something with Oreos today as a tribute to Jenny and her soon-to-be new baby boy:  Oreo and Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I figured I’d stick with Jenny’s chocolate-chip + oreo theme, since it works so darn well.

Seriously, when I think of Oreos, I think of Jenny.  I managed to dig up my son’s silver Tiffany rattle from the depths of my china cupboard, of all places.  The tears flowed… thinking about my little man with that rattle shoved into his mouth as a teeny tiny baby and all of those fun snuggles and giggles.

And now he’s 11 and about to enter middle school, attitude and all.  Still adorable and still snuggly and still giggly and love him to pieces, but… sigh.  I miss that squishy baby face sometimes.  By the way, how ironic is it that I found this photo when my son just wrote this post about Got Milk and Orange Julius?  Too funny.

So let’s make this treat!  Pat 1/2 batch of the cookie dough into the bottom of the pan.  I spray my hands with nonstick spray and then go at it.

Spread a layer of Double Stuff Oreos on top of the cookie dough.

Drizzle caramel on top (jarred caramel is fine).

Spoon the remaining cookie dough on top.  No need to pack it down.

Bake it, and then sprinkle on a few more chocolate chips while it’s still warm.  Then… let it COOL before cutting!

This is what happens if you absolutely MUST dig into this thing before it has cooled.  It’s an incredible gooey, messy dessert that you will not be able to stop eating (especially if you have the desire to drizzle more caramel on top).   It’s just not very pretty.

But if you are patient and have the willpower to give these bars a proper amount of time for cooling, the sliced pieces will look more like this… nice and neat and easily hand-held for munching.

So I wish a happy baby boy to sweet Jenny from the food blog Picky Palate!  I hope she likes my version of her Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies– they are very rich, which means you just need a small nibble and then you may pass them along to friends and neighbors to share the joy.  I’m not sure what Jenny is naming her boy, but I think she should consider: “Oreo.” It’s kinda hipster, don’t you think? 😉

Yield: 32 bars

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Oreo and Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups Gold Medal® All-Purpose Flour
1 cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, plus a few more for sprinkling on top

24 Double Stuff Oreos
1 cup or so of jarred caramel


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13-inch pan with nonstick spray.

2. 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.

3. Prepare the bars: Using half of the batch of cookie dough, place dollops into the prepared pan and press with greased hands to press and make an even layer in the bottom of the pan. (I spray my hands with nonstick spray for this part). Set the Oreos on top of the dough- four rows of 6. Drizzle caramel on top- about 1 cup- over and around the Oreos. Spoon small dollops of the remaining cookie dough on top. Don't worry if the dollops don't completely cover the Oreos/caramel. Just drop small bit of the cookie dough all over the tops of the cookies. The cookie dough will spread out as you bake it.

4. Bake until lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle a few more chocolate chips onto the baked cookies, then 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 from Gooey Chocolate Chip Sandwich Bars)

Here’s the complete list of people who are celebrating Jenny’s new baby today- take a peek at these blogs!
Amanda: i am baker Special Cake for a “Picky Palate”
Amanda: Kevin and Amanda Cinnamon Blueberry Biscoff Breakfast Cookies
Angie: Bakerella Baby Faces
Averie: Averie Cooks Chocolate Banana and Biscoff Graham Bars
Bev: Bev Cooks Horseradish Deviled Eggs
Bridget: Bake at 350 Cute as a Button Cupcakes
Brooks: RecipeBoy Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Oreos
Cheryl: TidyMom Salted Caramel Cupcakes
Gaby: Whats Gaby Cooking Blueberry Buttermilk Cake
Heather: Heather’s Dish Perfect Pancake Bites
Julie: The Little Kitchen Mixed Berry Mint Slushies
Kathy: Panini Happy Baby Oreo Ice Cream Pies
Kristan: Confessions of a Cookbook Queen Homemade Animal Crackers
Lauren: Lauren’s Latest Mini Chocolate Lava Cakes
Maria: Two Peas and Their Pod Cookies ‘n Cream Sheet Cake
Marion: Sweetopia Baby Shower Cookie Favors
Marla: Family Fresh Cooking Blueberry Mint Agua Fresca
Michelle: Brown Eyed BakeShrimp Nacho Bites
Naomi: Baker’s Royale Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Trifles
Robyn: Add a Pinch Blue Velvet Cake
Shaina: Food For My Family Ginger Plum Preserves
Shelly: Cookies and Cups Oreo Pop Baby Rattles

90 Responses to “Oreo and Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars”

  1. postedAug 20, 2012 2:22 AM

    Looks AMAZING! 🙂

  2. postedAug 20, 2012 4:13 AM

    What?! That gooey mess does look pretty! It looks perfect. Sure the cooled ones are easier to handle, but who cares when you could have gooey? These look amazing!

    Jenny is one lucky girl! You all made such delicious looking things. 🙂

  3. postedAug 20, 2012 4:57 AM

    Yeah, I would dig in immediately!!! How cute is that picture of Brooks? They grow up too fast 🙁

  4. postedAug 20, 2012 4:58 AM
    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Oh wow – that looks amazing. Got serious cravings for it now.

  5. postedAug 20, 2012 5:01 AM

    Oh. My. Goodness! That my dear, is happiness on a plate. Congratulations Jenny!

  6. postedAug 20, 2012 5:39 AM

    These look heavenly, Lori! And that photo of Brooks is precious!!!

  7. postedAug 20, 2012 5:46 AM

    Lori, these look so completely heavenly… Wishing I could pull some through the screen right now! xo

  8. postedAug 20, 2012 5:51 AM

    Haha!! Love all of these Oreo desserts today! You ladies are so sweet! Love you all! …..and this dessert, love everything about it!! xoxo Thanks Lori!!

  9. postedAug 20, 2012 6:20 AM

    These look amazing, Lori!!

  10. postedAug 20, 2012 6:24 AM

    gahh… this looks amazing in all its gooey glory!

  11. postedAug 20, 2012 6:29 AM

    What a fun dessert! Perfect for Jenny:)

  12. postedAug 20, 2012 6:41 AM

    My mouth waters just looking at the pictures. Great way to celebrate Jenny’s new baby and perfect tribute considering her love of all things Oreo stuffed.

  13. postedAug 20, 2012 6:46 AM

    I want to smear that tower o’ mess all over my face and life.

  14. postedAug 20, 2012 7:08 AM

    Whoa, talk about dangerous!!

  15. postedAug 20, 2012 7:11 AM

    Lori this looks like an amazing dessert – wow, wish we were all at the shower together IRL so I could try just a piece of this. Don’t need a whole pan laying around 🙂

  16. postedAug 20, 2012 7:15 AM

    OMG — Does it get more delicious than this??? YUM!!

  17. postedAug 20, 2012 7:26 AM

    Wow, these look incredible…holy moley.

  18. postedAug 20, 2012 7:31 AM

    This is the perfect recipe of Jenny.

  19. postedAug 20, 2012 7:32 AM

    Now, that’s my kind of treat!

  20. postedAug 20, 2012 7:53 AM

    I don’t think I’d be able to stop myself from digging in before this cools down, haha. Like the before cooled and after cooled pictures.

  21. postedAug 20, 2012 8:02 AM

    Oh gosh, Lori! You are an evil, evil genius!!! 😉

    Love that picture of your son. Time DOES fly, doesn’t it?!? 🙁 I wish I could go back and do it all over again….minus the diapers.

  22. postedAug 20, 2012 8:07 AM

    Utter decadence! Wow, that looks delicious!!

  23. postedAug 20, 2012 8:12 AM

    How fun of you all to throw her a virtual shower! These look amazing and I think I’m going to try them for a bachelorette party this weekend. 🙂 Love your blog!

  24. postedAug 20, 2012 8:23 AM

    Those look amazing! Totally something I would make and eat too many of before delivering to my co-workers. Thanks for all the yummy recipes and ideas!

  25. postedAug 20, 2012 8:25 AM

    oh my gosh! 2 please:)

  26. postedAug 20, 2012 9:12 AM

    How gorgeous are these bars?! What a fabulous combo, love these Lori!! 🙂

  27. postedAug 20, 2012 9:15 AM

    Wow, just wow…I love this with caramel? Wow…I’m at a loss for words!

  28. postedAug 20, 2012 10:14 AM

    Those are mouthwatering. I love the ease of making this in a bar form.

  29. postedAug 20, 2012 10:35 AM

    These have Jenny’s name written all over them! looks sinful!

  30. postedAug 20, 2012 11:19 AM

    Oh boy, these are so Jenny!! 🙂

  31. postedAug 20, 2012 11:57 AM

    This looks divine! I will definitely be trying this!

  32. postedAug 20, 2012 12:54 PM
    Lauri @ MyPinnedLife

    Amazing! How could Jenny not love them? You made the stuffed Oreo cookie idea even simpler and threw in caramel. Delish!

  33. postedAug 20, 2012 12:59 PM

    WOWZERS! These look amazing!

  34. postedAug 20, 2012 1:02 PM

    oh man does that look incredible!! and I vote to name the baby Oreo as well!!!

  35. postedAug 20, 2012 1:17 PM

    What the what!? These bars are amazing, Lori! I need them in my life and in my belly!!

  36. postedAug 20, 2012 1:28 PM

    Um, wow. I am really quite in awe of this new twist… I mean. I might have to spend the 10 minutes it takes to get my kids ready to go to the grocery store just to get some Oreo’s and caramel. Seriously. You really took it to an awesome level… I am so stinkin excited to make these!!!

  37. postedAug 20, 2012 2:43 PM

    These look so good, I can’t even believe it! What a lucky lady Jenny is! I am supposed to go to a potluck tomorrow and these are a major contender – they definitely might edge out one of the things I was planning to make.

  38. postedAug 20, 2012 4:42 PM

    These are perfect for Jenny!

  39. postedAug 20, 2012 4:59 PM

    Lori, sooooo happy you could join us to celebrate Jenny!! These cookie bars look so very tempting 🙂

  40. postedAug 20, 2012 6:06 PM

    You are evil. 😉

    Lori, getting to meet you.. someone whom I’ve admired and been in awe of for a long time… well, it was wonderful.

    You’re more than I imagined. You’re better.

    You’re like these bars.. What lies beneath is a treat, a treasure and full of depth and wonderfulness.

    I’m so happy to call you friend <3

  41. postedAug 20, 2012 8:58 PM

    oh my goodness, these look amazing! and such a picky palate recipe too 🙂

  42. postedAug 21, 2012 3:36 AM

    Oh wow do these look amazing! I bet Jenny would adore them.

  43. postedAug 21, 2012 4:37 AM

    Oh my gosh! I think I gained 5lbs just looking at the picture and you know what? I enjoyed every minute of it! 🙂 I have to make these for my Hubby to take to work!! I would be the best wife ever!!

  44. postedAug 21, 2012 6:34 AM

    Yum – these look AMAZING!!!! Totally “Jenny” too. 🙂 Love it!

  45. postedAug 21, 2012 7:24 AM

    Lori! My mouth is watering. These look incredible and would steal the spotlight at ANY baby shower – virtual or live. That caramel drizzle, melty chocolate chips, and chewy cookie dough… I love it all! Esp those surprise Oreos hidden inside. A recipe success, Lori!

  46. postedAug 21, 2012 7:43 AM

    Lori, just the name of this recipe was almost too much for me! Congrats to Jenny and new baby boy. 🙂

  47. postedAug 21, 2012 7:52 AM

    I would be one of those impatient bakers that will dig in immediately and probably make a good mess of this deliciousness AND burn my mouth!!! AWESOME RECIPE!

  48. postedAug 21, 2012 8:32 AM

    Incredible!! And so perfect for the Queen of Oreo’s! Whenever I need stuffed cookie inspiration she is my go to site 🙂

  49. postedAug 21, 2012 9:27 AM

    Mmmm…these bars look crazy delicious! I’m a huge oreo fan too….I have to give these babies a try! 🙂

  50. postedAug 21, 2012 11:05 AM

    This looks so good I don’t even know how to express myself!
    The perfect dessert for JENNY!
    I’d have to have this with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream!

  51. postedAug 21, 2012 11:13 AM

    Haha got food, great shirt. And great cookie bars!

  52. postedAug 21, 2012 12:50 PM

    This looks absolutely sinful! And I love that the oreos are just hidden in there. What a pleasant surprise.

  53. postedAug 21, 2012 4:08 PM

    Seriously!?! YUM! Oreos are like duct tape 100’s of possibilities. This looks so rich, so sweet and sooooo good!

  54. postedAug 21, 2012 5:20 PM

    OK…I can shut my mouth now! These look fabulous!

  55. postedAug 21, 2012 10:26 PM

    Amazing way to celebrate Jenny’s baby shower!! I can see her creative creations in this recipe 🙂

  56. postedAug 21, 2012 10:32 PM

    Ooo I think they both look pretty actually…;) yes messy but still gooey and yum.. I’m just wondering; would there be anyone who has already called their kid Oreo?? 😉

  57. postedAug 22, 2012 4:32 AM

    I have absolutely no idea how you got a picture of a cooled one, who could resist the gooey version??? 🙂 These look amazing and I’ll be aking them for the next party that signs me up desserts! Thanks to both you & Jenny for the inspiration!

  58. postedAug 22, 2012 12:13 PM

    I could seriously eat these until I get sick! They look amazing.

  59. postedAug 23, 2012 7:01 PM

    So awesome!

  60. postedAug 24, 2012 7:44 AM

    So decadent! The caramel adds a warm welcome to this dessert!

  61. postedAug 25, 2012 2:13 AM

    want to have a piece! yum

  62. postedAug 25, 2012 7:03 AM

    What a fun recipe, I want to have a bite!

  63. postedAug 25, 2012 9:45 PM

    Made these for a party and EVERYONE loved them. Kept asking what the secret was because they were so addicting. So so good. Thanks for the recipe!

  64. postedAug 31, 2012 9:51 PM

    what could you substitute for the oats?

    • postedSep 2, 2012 11:23 AM

      It would probably be best to just make a regular chocolate chip cookie bar recipe if you don’t wish to have oats in it. I’d try googling, “chocolate chip cookie bars” and find one that uses a 9×13-inch pan.

  65. postedSep 6, 2012 7:22 AM

    Can I use the refrigerated cookie dough? Would it make a difference? It just seems more easier.

    • postedSep 6, 2012 1:07 PM

      Not sure- I don’t care for that stuff too much. This recipe makes just the right amount for what you’ll need for this recipe!

  66. postedSep 7, 2012 4:27 AM

    I really shouldn’t blog read before having breakfast. This is making me so hungry!

  67. postedSep 8, 2012 12:49 PM

    Cookies stuffed bars are a great idea!

  68. postedSep 13, 2012 9:55 AM

    A teammate of mine from my flag football league made a similar recipe to this. He still had the chocolate chip cookie base and oreo middle, but on top he put a fudge brownie layer instead of chocolate chip cookies. It was REDICULOUSLY good, so I’m sure this one’s a winner too!

  69. postedSep 15, 2012 3:35 PM

    These are delicious and wayyyy to sweet for me, but my family loves them!!

  70. postedSep 15, 2012 7:54 PM

    do u need oats?

  71. postedSep 17, 2012 5:04 PM
    Lisa Cornely

    These cookies were delicious. They were an excellent treat. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  72. postedOct 19, 2012 10:01 AM

    I don’t have any caramel right now…Can I make it without it?

  73. postedDec 7, 2012 8:52 AM

    Made it, loved it, great hit

  74. postedDec 7, 2012 5:59 PM

    This is wonderful. Made it for work and it was gone before lunch, everyone wanted the recipe. I will make it many more times. Thanks!!!

  75. postedDec 24, 2012 12:49 PM

    These look awesome!!

  76. postedDec 30, 2012 9:58 PM

    I made this recipe last night to take with us to a New Year’s Eve party and I was a little surprised because the amount of dough that the recipe yielded was nowhere near enough for a 13×9 pan. I had to use a much smaller pan and ended up with only 24 cookies. How thin is the layer at the bottom? Maybe my mistake was using too much on the bottom, but I used half the dough like the recipe said.

    Either way, these cookies are LETHAL! I posted pics up on Facebook and everyone is chomping at the bits for the recipe. I think I’ll keep this gem to myself though 🙂


    • postedDec 31, 2012 9:55 AM

      The layer is rather thin on the bottom…

  77. postedApr 23, 2013 1:21 PM

    Does it affect the taste a lot if i dont add the oats?

    • postedApr 23, 2013 9:27 PM

      It won’t affect the taste, but it will definitely affect the recipe. The oats are needed for it to turn out as you see here!

  78. postedApr 27, 2013 6:23 AM

    I bake for a lot of chocolate-peanut butter lovers, so I modified this slightly:
    -Peanut butter Oreos instead of regular ones
    -A mix of chocolate and peanut butter chips instead of just chocolate chips
    -Hot fudge sauce and creamy peanut butter (melted slightly) in place of the caramel sauce

  79. postedMay 9, 2013 10:51 AM

    Will using store-bought dough work just as well?

    • postedMay 10, 2013 3:38 PM

      I don’t use store-bought dough, so I’m afraid I cannot recommend.

  80. postedJan 5, 2014 6:08 PM

    A must try. These look wonderful.

  81. postedNov 20, 2016 6:07 PM

    I really would like to make these for Thanksgiving. Is it possible to make the cookie dough part of the recipe a day or so prior to baking — and storing the cookie dough in the fridge until assembly & baking — or will that affect taste/texture? I ask because I really want to ensure this comes out for me exactly as good as yours looks in the pictures! Thanks in advance!

    • postedNov 22, 2016 3:35 PM

      I have not tried to make the cookie dough ahead of time, but it generally hardens pretty good when refrigerated… so I’m not sure!

  82. postedMar 5, 2017 12:49 PM

    Just tried these out and they turned out perfectly!! So tasty and all my guests loved them 🙂 so far, all of your recipes have been very successful for me. Thank you for the excellent guidance!

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