Creative Pan Cookies

Creative Pan Cookies

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based on 83 reviews
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20 min.
40 min.
48 bars (4 dozen)

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.


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

- Mimi Dahlby from Hayward, WI


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.

- Anna Johnson from Batesville, IN


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

- maria hay

Thanks for this recipe

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!

- Diane M from

Excellent Recipe

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.

- Ruth Loughlin from Willow Grove, PA

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/48 of Recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 48

  • Amount Per Serving
  • 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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