Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

It was a rainy, gray day in the Pacific Northwest. One of those days that you just want to lounge at home in your sweats and make some warm, comforting food. That is exactly what I did. While relaxing at my parents house in Mill Creek I enjoyed the company of my mom and two dogs while baking this ooey-gooey chocolate-y treat. These chocolate oatmeal bars will definitely brighten up a gloomy day!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks) plus 1/3 cup for the chocolate filling
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (1 bag, minus the “few” you might snack on in the process)

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350F and grease 9×13 pan
  • Mix the butter (1 cup), eggs and brown sugar
  • Add vanilla and milk
  • In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt; then add to other mixture.
  • Stir in oats
  • Spread 3/4 of the mixture into the pan (the remainder will be put on top of the chocolate layer)
  • In sauce pan over medium heat, melt together the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and 1/3 cup butter
  • Spread over the cookie layer
  • Place the remaining dough on top of the chocolate. (I flattened small amounts and placed it on top of the chocolate layer until it was almost covered)
  • Bake for 25 minutes; cover with foil if the top begins to brown too quickly
  • Let cool (It’s worth the wait! I’m all about eating cookies while they are hot, but these ones are ever better–and easier to cut– once they’re cool)

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(Yes, the dough is as good as it looks! If not better…)

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And this is what my dog, Daisie, was doing while I was busy baking…

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Enjoy!!

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