COOKIE WEEK!!! – Fudge-Oatmeal Bars

These have been a favorite of mine since I was young.  I remember eating them at a little restaurant in my home town called Nibbley’s.  I came across the recipe in my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook about 15 years ago and have been making them on a regular basis ever since.  They are always a HUGE hit at parties, catering events, etc.  I made them for a Christmas Bazaar this last year along with tons of other stuff and they were my top seller.  People did the whole eyeball roll-moan thing when they tried them.  They are that good. Super soft cookie with a creamy, delicate fudgy center… by far the hardest dessert I make to be disciplined about not eating the whole pan (and it’s a big batch).  After I made them today, I only ate two, gave one to each of my kids, saved 2 for my hubby and wrapped them in about 10 pieces of plastic wrap on a platter so I would really have to make a pretty conscious effort to get in to them.  I am making my husband take them to work tomorrow because they are way too dangerous for me.   I promise you will love them!

Ingredients:

1 cup butter or margarine (as with most of my cookies, I use margarine because I like them really soft and chewy)

2 cups packed brown sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

3 cups quick-cooking oats

1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk

1 12-oz package semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup chopped walnuts (optional, I don’t use them)

2 tsp vanilla (yes that’s 4 tsp vanilla total, two in the batter, two in the chocolate)

Directions:

BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING… set aside 2 Tbsp of your butter for the fudgy filling (I forget almost every time).

In a large mixing bowl beat the remaining butter or margarine with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar; beat until well mixed.  Beat in eggs and 2 tsp vanilla.  In another large bowl, stir together flour and baking soda; stir in outs.  Gradually stir dry mixture into beaten mixture.  Set aside.

In a medium, microwave-safe bowl, combine your chocolate chips, 2 Tbsp butter, and sweetened condensed milk. Microwave on high for 1 minute, stir (above pic is what 1 minute in the microwave looked like for mine).  Microwave for another 20-30 seconds or until smooth and melted.  Add Vanilla.  Stir.

Press two-thirds of oat mixture (about 3 and 1/3 cups) to the bottom of an ungreased 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking pan (bar pan – if you happen to own one of the Pampered Chef Stoneware bar pans, they work fabulous).  Spread chocolate mixture over oat mixture.  Using fingers, dot remaining oat mixture over the chocolate.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until top is lightly browned (chocolate mixture will still look moist).  Cool on a wire rack.  Cut into bars.  Binge Enjoy 🙂

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4 comments on “COOKIE WEEK!!! – Fudge-Oatmeal Bars

  1. C says:

    I grew up in kfalls and just visited friends there last weekend. Sure was awesome finding this recipe online! I did have one there — has always been a favorite of mine. Thanks for posting.

  2. Miz Helen says:

    Yummy! Fudge Oatmeal Bar’s these look awesome! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    Miz Helen

  3. Jessica Filaroski says:

    Thanks for the recipe and for sharing the cookies. They were so good! I’m trying to stay away from sweets, so I only took one and justified my indulgence by saying they were good for my heart since they were made of oatmeal 🙂

    • No problem! I’m glad you liked them. I had to get them out of here! My pants are starting to get tight after 3 days of “Cookie Week.” After Cookie Week, I am going to do some “getting ready for summer” (tanks, shorts, dresses, bathing suits) recipes because I have had some seriously high calorie recipes lately and they are taking their toll. Thanks Jessica for always following my blog!

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