Creative Pan Cookies

Creative Pan Cookies
Makes:
48
bars (4 dozen)
Prep Time:
20
minutes
Total Time:
40
minutes
based on 83 reviews
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Creative Pan Cookies are a fun bar cookie that is a real crowd pleaser, too. This is one of our "desert-safe" recipes to send to your loved one overseas. This recipe has been tested in our kitchen and does meet Middle East guidelines, as well as U.S. Postal Service mailing regulations.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter-flavored vegetable shortening
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 2 1/4 cups quick oats, uncooked
  • 1 cup chopped dried apple slices, or raisins

Directions:

PREHEAT oven to 375º F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in small mixer bowl. Beat sugar and shortening in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in eggs. Gradually add flour mixture and water. Stir in morsels, oats and apples. Spread batter into ungreased 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan.

BAKE for 18 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.


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Creative Pan Cookies

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DOLORES ROGERS from NEW BERN, NC

I made these cookies for a Garden Club meeting. Most of the ladies asked for the recipe and the batch was enjoyed by all.

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    creative bars

    Mimi Dahlby from Hayward, WI

    In place of the dried apples I use craisens/dried cranberries. The combo of chocolate and tart cranberries is wonderful!

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    apples

    Anna Johnson from Batesville, IN

    I did not think that the combination of apples in this recipe would be good,but guess what! It is a delicious recipe and everyone should try for themselves.

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    cookies

    maria hay from ,

    Wow! I never would have ever thought about placing apples in C.C. cookies! Well done.

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    Thanks for this recipe

    Diane M from

    The addition of the dried apple gave these easy to make cookies an interesting flavor. Thanks for this quick and easy recipe. I tried its ability to withstand mailing by sending some to my college student across country. Now I will send them to my friend in the service. Thanks!

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    Excellent Recipe

    Ruth Loughlin from Willow Grove, PA

    This is a great recipe for shipping and just taking to friends and families parties, or to work. I make these for all parties and everyone wants these instead of cakes.

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    Thank you!

    JOANNA DEYOUNG from VALLEY PARK, MO

    I was so impressed to find a choice of recipes that can be sent to our service men and women. My kids and I bake bar type treats for our local firehouse and now we will use these recipes for the firemen and we will include them in our next care package overseas.

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    pan cookies

    Chris George from South Jordan, UT

    I love the moistness of the cookie. It is like a brownie cookie, only better. My children love to make them because they are so easy to do. Thanks for sharing this recipe with all.

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    Easy.

    caroline salas from Newport News, VA

    I baked several batches to send to my husband when he was in Iraq last year. Everyone loved them. I used miniature chocolate chips and dried apple slices. I wrapped each cookie in plastic wrap so they would wouldn't go stale en route to Iraq.

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    Great patriots

    Karen Knudson Ibberson from Ellendale, MN

    My son-in-law served 2005 in Iraq. I sent him a care package once a month, always with Nestle Choc chip cookies or bars. Now he is back there again, and wants to know how soon I can send his first of many care packages, of course with homemade goodies. Thank you so much for doing the research to make it easier to send goodies to our military. They deserve any "perks" we can send them. God Bless America and all our military.

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    Seek and you shall find

    cami Tate from Henderson, NV

    I have been looking for great recipes to send my husband over in Iraq. Thanks for having a few great recipes that I can make him. He and his commrads will be very excited.

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    creative pan cookies

    Debbie Embrey from Newport news, VA

    this is a great and easy recipe ..I love the easy ones..thanks

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    S.Villaverde Chino Valley, Az

    Sandra Villaverde from CHINO VALLEY, AZ

    Made this recipes in january,and I added sliced almonds and my family just enjoyed them, they wanted me to make more very soon which I did the next day.

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    Good

    Chrissie Foote from SUSQUEHANNA, PA

    these cookies were a hit at a school party. They children loved them and no leftovers.

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    Absolutely wonderful

    Betsy Kiser from CORAOPOLIS, PA

    These were so good and being "bar type" cookie, made them so much easier to transport than the typical "round" chocolate chip cookie. My family loved them.

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    mmmm good

    Randy Gauthier from Langley, BC

    my kids loved these squares . they are always asking for more

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    great recipe

    angela white from ,

    I just sent a batch out to a serviceman today and this was such a great recipe to use with the flexibility to make changes and the assurance that it's a good recipe to send to the middle east. I used white and semi sweet choc chips and added some ground almonds. Next time I'll try some M&Ms. I cut the pan of bars in half and just stacked the 2 halves and wrapped them together. They fit nicely inside a flat rate postal box, which I then filled up with snack pack nuts and gum and candy.

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    Great

    Vicky Hearron from CORPUS CHRISTI, TX

    This are very easy to make,and the Troops that I sended it to, They want MORE....so that tells u they r GREAT....

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    So So

    Bonnie Fetters from Santa Rosa, CA

    This is something I would not recommend. It wasn't bad but I didn't enjoy making these creative pan cookies with my grand daughter. She found it boring. Sorry

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    My daughter ate them up!

    JENNIFER MCCARRICK from

    These were very good. I substitued artificial sweetner for the sugar because of my daughter's restricted diet and she loved them!

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    creative pan cookies

    mary kibbee from DELIA, KS

    great cookie and easy to make. I added nuts and raisins to my recipe and they went fast at the bake sale.

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    Great recipe

    M L DiTonno from NEWPORT, NC

    I made these and sent them to a friend stationed in Al Anbar. He opened them in front of everyone, and they only lasted a matter of seconds! He e-mailed me & asked for more! They traveled nicely because I individually wrapped each one, and then packed them in a square plastic container.

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    Thank you

    HEIDI HAMILTON from NEW GLOUCESTER, ME

    I made these and shipped them out to my son. They were greatly enjoyed. So many of those serving are so young and really need a little mothering. This recipe helps me do that.

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    They Loved them

    Deborah Feilen from GOLD CANYON, AZ

    I send these cookies to my son in Iraq for Valentines, he loved them and so did all his friends. Easy to make and was a big hit.

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    Great cookies

    Jacqueline Paul from MECHANICSVILLE, VA

    Our church group wanted a recipe for sending the men and women serving our country in Iraq, and were delighted to find this wonderful site. Thanks so much!

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    Great for bake sales

    Evonne Robertson from Fraser, MI

    These were so easy to make and taste great also. I made them for the school Christmas bake sale, and they sold out fast.

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    Recipe with many possibilities

    S K from CHICAGO, IL

    I made this recipe for my cousin stationed in Iraq. I made the original recipe and it was an instant hit. I must admit I have made it various times in the last few weeks and several batches have made it to Iraq already. Even though I love chocolate I have adopted a slight variation of the recipe instead of 2 cups of chocolate chips I use ½ cup of chocolate chips and ½ cup of white chocolate chips. I substituted the second cup of chocolate chips with ½ cup of dried cranberries and ½ cup of chopped nuts. I do not think anyone can go wrong with this recipe. Variations and substitutions are easy to make and the quality of the cookie does not change. Best thing of all they ship great.

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    Yummy in my Tummy

    Judy Dotson from LYONS, GA

    I sent these to my son in Iraq. While he doesn't say much he did say that these were good and well appreciated. I checked the recipe for "Crazy Cake" I'm going to send that and see if it makes it. ENJOY!!!!

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    Soldiers Angel

    Rina Dillard from BLOOMINGTON, MN

    I am a Soldiers Angel from MN. I've sent many of these bars off to out troops overseas. They love them. If you'd like to join and help our troops please go to www.soldiersangels.com. Thank You!

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    Troops thanked me

    CRYSTAL REIMANN from Countryside, IL

    I am a volunteer baker for a group called Soldiers Angels. We bake each month for the troops and they just love your recipes. Thank you!

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    Pan Cookies

    Movita Luna from Lamesa, TX

    So easy and good to boot! My son is also in Iraq and his whole platoon loved them. They shipped very well.

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    creative pan cookies

    tina meckle from MYRTLE BEACH, SC

    This is excellent, I have been sending my son cookies to iraq, and had no idea certain ingredients would be a problem, or other issues like molding. this is first class!

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    Creative Pan Cookies

    DOLORES ROGERS from NEW BERN, NC

    I made these cookies for a Garden Club meeting. Most of the ladies asked for the recipe and the batch was enjoyed by all.

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    good cookie

    anna buchanan from SEDALIA, MO

    I made this to send to my son in Iraq. It was very good, but I think I will reduce the amount of chocolate chips and increase the amount of raisins the next time I make it.

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    Husband's squad loves these

    Jessica Castillo from APO, AE

    Sent a batch of these over to Afghanistan and they were a hit. They have asked me to include some in every box I send....not sure I can pull that off, but will have to try now! :)

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    Please support the troops

    Jill Wable from Brookston, IN

    I am a soldier from the 209th Quartermaster Company, and my unit is currently deployed to the "Sand Box". I was injuryed and not sent with the unit, but I told them that I would be a care package queen. These packages mean so much to those far from home. This recipe is wonderful and reminds we of when I was a child. I'm sure that my friends in the unit will feel closer to home while enjoying them. Thank you for posting these recipes.

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    Creative Pan Cookies

    Carol Scott from BELLINGHAM, WA

    I made a similar cookie to this when the Viet Nam War was going on and sent over to my husband and friends. They were excellent. My recipe had smashed up bananas instead of the apples in it, along with the raisins, chocolate chips and nuts, maybe even some coconut in them. My recipe was for drop cookies instead of bar type. I think the drop cookies would be easier to pass out amount friends. This should be a nice moist recipe, mine were. So this recipe should be a very tasty one and ship well also. I will definitely give this one a try. I am sure my family will enjoy it also. Why not get exotic and put in some dried cranberries or blueberries instead of the raisins or add the raisins too.

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    My Cousin was in Heaven

    JO McAdoo from WOODSON, AR

    I sent 4 batches of the creative pan cookies to Germany and my cousin said that she had a piece of heaven for the time that she possessed the cookies. The recipe was easy and they taste delicious.

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    Creative Pan Cookies

    Lynda Ramage from GAFFNEY, SC

    We really liked the apples in this recipe. A little different for a cookie recipe and they were eaten up fast.

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    Creative Pan Cookies

    SANDY GRIFFIN from ASHLAND, MO

    Wow! These are great! I sent 3 batches to my son in Korea to share with his friends. They have asked for More! I have sent regular chocolate chip cookies many times, many ways, and they always seem to be mostly crumbles when they get there. They always eat them anyway, but the pan cookies are much better! Thanks a bunch from all of us!

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    Five Start Rating

    Linda Bunch from SAN ANTONIO, TX

    I made 4 batches these for my friend,s daughter, who is stations in Iraq. They were a hit, everyone loved them. Just a little something to make them feel a touch of home.

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    Very yummy

    Kelly Price from Fekts Mills, NY

    I have sent these pan cookies to my friend in Iraq and not only did he say that they shipped well, but his buddies liked them so much that they wanted the recipe, too. These treats are VERY yummy and I imagine that if they weren't being shipped somewhere, they can be made richer with the use of butter instead of the shortening. The recipe "as is" is great!!

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    creative pan cookies

    Donna McComb from Etta, MS

    I mailed these cookies overseas to my husband They were easy to make. He said they were gone in a day. I wanted to send a little home to our guys over there.

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    Yum!!

    DONNA SMITH from GLENPOOL, OK

    These pan cookies are the best I have ever made. I made a batch to send to Iraq for a friend's son and she already received a letter from him bragging about the "great cookies."

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    My nephew loved them

    kathy clark from ROCHESTER, IN

    I couldn't keep enough of these made and sent for my nephew and his marine buddies. They ate them up so fast....they really liked them

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    BEST I'VE HAD IN A WHILE

    marcy kohler from CLAYMONT, DE

    MADE THESE FOR A FRIEND THAT WAS GOING ON VACATION WITH THEIR FIVE CHILDREN AND THEY SAID THEY WERE GREAT. I THOUGHT SO TOO. WILL BE MAKING THESE FOR A FRIEND THAT WILL BE GOING TO IRAQ. SOMETIME IN JULY. I JUST LOVE TO TRY NEW RECIPES. ALSO I ONLY USED ONE CUP OF SUGAR DIDN'T MAKE ANY DIFFERENTS IN THE TASTE.

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    Creative

    VICKIE COURVILLE from BREAUX BRIDGE, LA

    These are too easy to make, and the whole family loved them. Easy enough for the kids to bake.

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    Creative Pan Cookies

    NANCY COWLISHAW from POCATELLO, ID

    I thought I would try these then pass the recipe on to my sister for her son-in-law in Iraq. They turned out pretty good and my testers (aka: my grown children) also approved the recipe.

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    yummy

    M Bullard from DURAND, MI

    I made these this weekend for my husband. He was very surprised because lately I haven't been baking things from scratch. I used the raisins and to me they reminded me of some cookies that my Mother used to make. My husband said they were a good cross between a cookie and granola bar.

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    Creatively good

    Debra Grady from OAK LAWN, IL

    These really are creative. My family loved them.

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    surprise for my military neice

    nella parker from Hersey, MI

    I made these to send to my neice on her birthday, shes in the military and was happy to share with other troops.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/48 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 48 

  • Calories: 140
  • Calories from Fat: 60
  • Total Fat: 7g (11% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5g (13% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 10mg (3% of DV)
  • Sodium: 75mg (3% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 19g (6% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g (5% of DV)
  • Sugars: 11g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Vitamin A: 0% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 0% of DV
  • Calcium: 0% of DV
  • Iron: 4% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Creative Pan Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter-flavored vegetable shortening
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 2 1/4 cups quick oats, uncooked
  • 1 cup chopped dried apple slices, or raisins

 

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 375º F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in small mixer bowl. Beat sugar and shortening in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in eggs. Gradually add flour mixture and water. Stir in morsels, oats and apples. Spread batter into ungreased 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan.

BAKE for 18 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.

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