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Love can be expressed in many forms, and every person expresses their love differently. I express my love through food. Where words fail, a cake can fill in. Our language has its limits. Yes, we can say we’re sorry, I love you, or ask for forgiveness, but it’s our actions that make a profound difference. I’m not saying that language is shallow, just that it has its limitations. I have trouble expressing deep sorrow. I feel as if anything I would say is superficial in comparison to the situation. What’s the saying, “Actions speak louder than words?” Whoever came up with that statement knew what they were talking about. Creating something special with your hands is the perfect gesture to let that special someone know that you really care.

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Showing someone you care can be as simple as making something from the heart, which is just what we’re doing today. The lovely Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina asked me if I would join them to help support and raise awareness for cancer and hospice. We’re creating homemade items from the heart to show how much we care.

Today’s event is being hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. They teamed up with their blogger friends to help raise awareness and support for Cancer and Hospice today in memory of Kim’s dad. We encourage everyone to read the posts and share their own experiences with cancer. We also would like to encourage everyone to donate to the Canadian Cancer Society, the American Cancer Society and also to the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. Hospice was a key element during Kim’s father’s battle with cancer. They made it possible for Kim to care for him at home. So please show your support and donate if you can. You can also contact your local Hospice and donate directly to them if you wish. A little goes a long way!

Last year, lung cancer took a very special person from this world. My Uncle Gene. He battled with cancer for a few years and fought like a warrior. In the end, the cancer was stronger. I’ll never forget the time he and my dad ran into the sliding glass door, thinking it was open when it wasn’t, and then trying to walk it off like it never happened and no one just saw their faces smashing into the door. I won’t forget the hat with the green visor that he wore to protect his face from the sun, or the fact that he bought me one just like it. I’ll never forget the spot by the garage where he always sat taking in the scene and the sun. I’ll never forget the good times, parties, and playing horseshoes until the wee late hours of the night. I won’t forget his obsession with the cleanliness of his swimming pool or telling us to “chew, chew, chew” as we ate our food. I’ll never forget the way our faces lit up as he handed over what we knew were scratch off tickets.

Uncle Gene liked the occasional sweet treat (who doesn’t). He would always ask me what I was baking and if he could have some. Any time I made cake, cookies, or brownies, on a plate they’d go ready to be delivered to Uncle Gene. I get the most pleasure feeding others.

Uncle Gene, I carry you with me forever in my heart. You are truly missed. These delicious cinnamon chip cookie butter oat bars are for you.

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The idea for this recipe came from these very delicious and highly addictive Chocolate Frosted Peanut Butter Oat Bars by Jessica from A Kitchen Addiction. After making two batches, I thought why not replace the peanut butter with cookie butter and add a generous helping of cinnamon chips. Viola, these bars were born.

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The outside forms a sugary, crispy crust, while the inside stays gooey and soft. If you’ve never experienced cinnamon chips before, then you must. They’re bursting with deep cinnamon flavor.

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Your mouth’s dream just came true.

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I used my KitchenAid Stand Mixer to whip up these fabulous bars. She’s hot pink (raspberry ice to be exact) and beautiful. I call her Lola. I’d be lost without Lola. She makes mixing a cinch and is a definite must-have kitchen tool. Here’s a picture of me and Lola:

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Cinnamon Chip Cookie Butter Oat Bars

Recipe Type: Cookie, Brownie, Bar
Author: Jennie
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Inspired by A Kitchen Addiction
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room-temperature
  • 1 cup cookie butter, such as Biscoff or Speculoos
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups cinnamon chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9 by 13-inch pan with a piece of parchment paper, allowing the parchment to hang over the two longest sides of the pan. Lightly spray the parchment with cooking spray.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of stand mixer attached with the paddle, cream together both sugars and butter. Add the cookie butter and vanilla extract; mix to combine. Scrap down the bowl as needed. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  4. Slowly whisk in the flour mixture until incorporated. Stir in the cinnamon chips.
  5. Press the dough into the bottom of your prepared baking dish. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until just starting to turn golden brown.
  6. Remove to wire rack to cool completely. Lift the sides of the parchment and transfer the bars to a cutting board. Cut into squares. Store in an airtight container for up to 7 days.

Disclosure: KitchenAid provided us with one stand mixer to give away to one of our readers. All opinions our my own.

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79 Responses to “Cinnamon Chip Cookie Butter Oat Bars”

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    Mary Happymommy — June 16, 2013 at 7:55 am

    I would make banana pancakes.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 16, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Thanks for sharing your story about your uncle. And I really really need to try these bars! You know I can’t resist anything involving cookie butter!

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    Helene D'souza — June 16, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I am sorry to hear about your loss. Thank you for sharing your memories with us and of course your cookie bars look incredibly yum. =)

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    katie — June 16, 2013 at 10:51 am

    My uncle battled with lung, throat, and mouth cancer and unfortunately cancer won too. I appreciate you sharing your story about your uncle. Your recipe is perfect comfort food.

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    meredith — June 16, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I would make some cupcakes

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — June 16, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I’m so sorry about your Uncle, he sounds so fun and I’m sure he’d love these bars.
    Because who wouldn’t-they look SPECTACULAR, umm yes cookie butter and oats and cinnamon, mmm.

    *sob* I need a KA mixerrrr

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    Beth — June 16, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Wow – those bars look amazing! I love the combination of flavors you used.

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    Laura Dembowski — June 16, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    I would make marshmallows because they are my favorite food on earth (and fat and gluten free, so healthy, right?) By the way, these bars look AH-MAZING!

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    Sarah — June 16, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    So happy to see this promoted… I’d make banana bread in honour of my grandpa who loved eating banana bread (and passed away this time last year from cancer) and also for my dad, who still loves a slice now and then!

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    Elin — June 16, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Well, since I’d be winning an ice cream attachment, some cake batter ice cream sounds pretty good to me!

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    Liz — June 16, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Jennie, I’m so sorry you lost such a special man to lung cancer. I love the wonderful bars you made in his honor…I’d love a few with my tea this afternoon :)

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    Ramona — June 16, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Thank you for sharing your stories of Uncle Gene….I am sorry for your loss. These sweet treats honor him beautifully.

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    CCU — June 16, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about your uncles friend, this is a lovely tribute!

    Hugs
    Uru

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    Sheila Vives — June 16, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    I would first make some homemade breads

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    Kelly D — June 16, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I would make a chocolate cake. I am sure my kids would have even more ideas for me too.

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    The Ninja Baker — June 16, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    My Aunt Mabel’s life was snipped short by lung cancer, too, Jennie. It is wondrous how one day our loved ones are crashing through doors, asking what we’re making and the next day they’re gone.

    Your pink bow wrapped cinnamon crunch with the gooey centers are a beautiful way to show your love. Bet your Uncle Gene was smiling the whole time you were baking =)

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    Carla — June 16, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    I think your Uncle Gene would be proud of these cookie butter oat bars. He’s probably looking down from heaven and waiting for you to look away so he can grab one ;)

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    Kristen — June 16, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    I would make a coconut cake! :)

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    ashley - baker by nature — June 16, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    So so so sorry for your loss, dear. xoxo

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    movita beaucoup — June 17, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Uncle Gene sounds like the best sort of fellow – those are the sort that leave a wee hole in your heart when they exit.

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    Amy L — June 17, 2013 at 6:32 am

    I’s make a big batch of chocolate chip cookies

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    Julia — June 17, 2013 at 9:31 am

    One of the ways I express my love is through food, too so I know what it’s like to feel the jubilation of someone really enjoying what you’ve made or the let down when you can tell your meal was just so-so. Your bars look absolutely delicious and I hope you had a great weekend!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 17, 2013 at 10:40 am

    What a gorgeous batch of bars with so much meaning. Thanks for sharing this sweet post, Jennie. I, too, express my love through food!

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    Christine (Cook the Story) — June 17, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Thank you for sharing the story of your uncle. It’s so touching. What a lovely tribute to him. The bars look so delcious. Love this recipe!

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    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — June 17, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Jennie, I know exactly what you mean about offering condolences – I always feel awkward because I want to properly convey my sorrow but never feel that I say the right thing. I guess there never IS a right thing to say to someone who has just lost a loved one. Maybe it’s enough that we care enough to try. I’m sorry you lost your Uncle Gene – thank you for sharing your memories of him with us. I’m sure he would’ve loved these amazing bars. They look delicious!

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    rachel — June 17, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    I’d make scones!

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    Trish @infinebalance — June 17, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Very touching dedication to your Uncle. Thanks for sharing your story.
    …. and those bars look fantastic.

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    Avery K. — June 17, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Chocolate Chip Cookies!!

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    Kim Bee — June 17, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Jennie thank you so much for joining us today. I am so grateful for your support and friendship. It means the world to me. Also thank you for sharing your special story with us today. Uncle Gene sounds like a cool guy and I think he must have been an extra special man to have such a wonderful niece. I am so sorry for your loss. Cancer is just a horrible thing. It takes too many too soon. Hopefully one day that changes.

    Much love and gratitude to you. xx

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — June 17, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    I’m so sorry about your uncle. Thank you for sharing the story. I’m sure he would have loved these bars because…who wouldn’t love them?! Oh, and I may need to kidnap (mixer-nap?) your Lola. :)

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    Terrell — June 18, 2013 at 1:52 am

    I’d make homemade soft pretzels :D

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    Marco — June 18, 2013 at 2:35 am

    i would make everything i possible could with the mixer :) Im also very excited to try the recipe!!

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    Caitlin P — June 18, 2013 at 7:39 am

    I am sorry to hear about your loss. My fiance’s father also battled with lung cancer, he passed away 10 years ago (before I met him). There are so many good memories and stories to tell, but it’s easy to see how much his family misses him.

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    Caitlin P — June 18, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Oh! forgot to tell you what I’d make – I love making ice cream, so lemon basil gelato would be breaking in this stand mixer!

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    Michelle — June 18, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Call me boring, but I’d make some plain vanilla ice cream!

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    Derek — June 18, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Oatmeal raisin cookies1

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    Derek — June 18, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Oatmeal raisin cookies!

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    Stephanie Chan — June 18, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Looks like an amazing recipe! Can’t wait to try it out :D

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    Amy — June 18, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your story about your Uncle Gene. I am sure he would have loved these bars!

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    rachael — June 18, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Bread, bread, and more bread! I have been experimenting with baguettes lately and my mixer is making noises that scare me!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — June 18, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    So sorry to hear about your uncle, he sounds like he was a great man.
    Love these bars, I am all about anything with cinnamon and cookie butter – love that you put them together!

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    Tommy — June 18, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Some cream puffs!

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    Celeste — June 18, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I would definitively make you’re peanut butter cookies! After these bars of course!

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    Jessica T — June 18, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    So sorry about your uncle. My mom passed with brain and lung tumors, 3 yrs after getting breast cancer and a mastectomy.
    I would make ice cream! Didn’t know you could with a mixer, how cool is that!

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    Kate F. — June 18, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    I’d make cookies first.

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    Melissa — June 19, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Thank you for supporting such a good cause. Food can’t fix everything but it can make someones day a little sweeter. With a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer, the first thing I would make is Homemade oreos! never tried them but always wanted too! Thanks.

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    MelodyJ — June 19, 2013 at 3:11 am

    A cheesecake.

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    Katie M. — June 19, 2013 at 4:40 am

    Such a sweet food memory :) I’d love to have a Lola of my own to whip up nutella bars, my new go-to dessert for all the summer bbq’s and parties!!

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    Sarah Chandler — June 19, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Healthy Oatmeal Cookies!!! Or any Healthy Cookies! :) God bless!

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    Sarah O. — June 19, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I would make cinnamon rolls!

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    Gina Rock — June 19, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I would make ice cream! I’ve been wanting to make some for a long time!

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    Jeanna — June 19, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I would start off with chocolate chip cookies to make sure I was operating it properly and then move onto a French Silk Pie!

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    Simba C — June 19, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    oatmeal & chocolate chip cookies yummy they are indeed. Mixer here is over 10 years old.

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    Liz Blunt — June 19, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    I’d probably make chocolate chip cookies first, but I’d want to make this cinnamon chip bars immediately after!

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    Jennifer Appleton — June 19, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    I actually think I would make these Cinnamon Chip Cookie Butter Oat Bars!! I’m allergic to peanut butter, so I’ve been wanting to try Biscoff as a substitute in recipes. Love this!

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    cyndi br — June 19, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    banana cake

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    Tammy S — June 19, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I would say a rum cake here thanks

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    puja — June 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    chocolate lave cookies!!

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — June 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Ooh, these bars look and sound SO wonderful. And what a wonderful cause to bring awareness to!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — June 19, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    These bars look so good! You can never go wrong with cookie butter!

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    Emily Mahr — June 20, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I’d make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

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    Kate — June 20, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I have really enjoyed reading your posts and making your recipes. I am hoping that someday I will try running with you!

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    Andrea — June 20, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I would make ice cream! Mocha ice cream .

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    sunchicka — June 20, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    cookies!

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    Ava Chavez — June 21, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Everything under the sun! I love baking!

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    Jen @JuanitasCocina — June 22, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    I am in luuuuuurv with these bars…because, um, cookie butter! Thank you so much for joining us for this post, love!

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    Mallory @ Total Noms — June 27, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    What a beautiful story, and a great cause. Those bars look delicious, too. Hope you’re having a great week!

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