I laugh when I think about how much my life has revolved around food. I am not sure if it is sad or awesome! These Oatmeal Chocolate Bars are part of why I laugh when I think about the roots of my food love. The only time I had these perfectly delicious bars was at potluck church events or very rarely at a friends house. I would seriously find myself hoping and praying these chunks of heaven would be on the dessert table somewhere…please let them be there…at every church potluck. Luckily for me, these bars are a fast and easy recipe that makes a ton…so my hopes and dreams of them being on the dessert table were rarely shattered.
After I was married I found this recipe in a community cookbook we were given for our wedding. I read through the directions and, dare I hope… could this be the same recipe for my favorite cookie bars ever??? I tried it and…..YES!!! This is it, the delicious treat from my past. My motivator to attend any and every church potluck in a hundred mile radius. I am so happy to share one of my favorite recipes with you, I can’t believe I haven’t already! Enjoy!
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups oats, quick or regular…whatever you prefer
1 14 oz can sweet and condensed milk
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 12 oz bag chocolate chips, I like milk chocolate
2 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Cream together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla
- Add flour, baking soda, salt and oats. Mix until well combined
- Press 2/3 of oatmeal mixture onto a lightly greased cookie sheet (18×13 inches)
- You will feel like you do not have enough dough to cover the bottom of the pan, but you do,it is just tricky! I use a plastic baggie on my hand to help me press it down and keep the dough from sticking to my hand.
- In the microwave or on the stove top, carefully melt remaining ingredients together.
- Pour chocolate mixture onto oatmeal layer and spread evenly.
- Crumble remaining 1/3 of your oatmeal mixture, on top of chocolate layer.
- Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes. top will be slightly golden brown when bars are done.
- Let cool and slice with a plastic knife for best results.
I half this recipe if I am just making it for my family and not a large group. It works great. I tried to get a picture of what it looks like with the crumble on top before you bake it, but my Thatcher Boy couldn’t stop pointing at it and telling me it was “met-ing” (melting). He loves to help mommy in the kitchen!
I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!