Creative Pan Cookies

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 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


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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by M. Mimi , Hayward, WI on Sep. 2010

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


by A. Anna , Batesville, IN on Mar. 2010

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.


by m. maria , , on Feb. 2010

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

Thanks for this recipe

by D. Diane , on Nov. 2009

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!

Excellent Recipe

by R. Ruth , Willow Grove, PA on May. 2009

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.

Thank you!

by J. JOANNA , VALLEY PARK, MO on Feb. 2009

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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by C. Chris , South Jordan, UT on Nov. 2008

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.


by c. caroline , Newport News, VA on Oct. 2008

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.

Great patriots

by K. Karen , Ellendale, MN on Sep. 2008

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.

Seek and you shall find

by c. cami , Henderson, NV on Sep. 2008

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.