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Oatmeal Chocolate Bars

December 2, 2010

These cookie bars are like a cross between fudge and oatmeal cookies…which basically means they did not last for a long time in my apartment, as friends popped in to sneak a piece or two.  They are great warm or for a quick snack.

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 sticks butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t almond extract
  • 3/4 c whole wheat flour
  • 1 c all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2 1/4 c old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 c semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/4 c (1 small can) fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 T butter or margarine
  • 3/4 t vanilla extract
  • 1 c chopped nuts (I used walnuts)

Then you…

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a 9×13 baking pan with foil and lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar.
  3. Beat in the egg, egg yolk, vanilla extract and almond extract.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the flours, baking soda, salt and oats.
  5. Mix the flour mixture into the butter-egg mixture.
  6. In a heavy saucepan, combine the chocolate chips with the condensed milk and butter. Over low heat, melt until smooth while stirring.
  7. Mix in the nuts and vanilla extract. Remove filling from heat.
  8. Press about 2/3 of the dough mixture into the baking pan. Spread evenly to cover the bottom of the pan. (I made sure there was a little “lip” around the edge to hold the chocolate filling in).
  9. Pour the chocolate filling on top of the dough in the pan. Spread evenly over the dough.
  10. Crumble the remaining dough on top of the chocolate in the baking pan.
  11. Bake until golden and cooked through, about 25 minutes.
  12. Cool on a rack.
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