Friday, November 13, 2009

12 weeks of Christmas Cookies #6-Oatmeal Chocolate Fudge Bars

Ok, we are into Week # 6 of the 12 Cookies of Christmas and this is a new one for me. I found it over at Valerie's blog, Valerie's Attempt at Pondering. This is my second cookie recipe of hers that I have tried and she hasn't let me down yet. Even my sister, Donna, has tried one of her cookies and they looked awesome. You have to take a peek at her blog, there are so many good things on it. Just look at the desserts alone and you will bookmark quite a few, trust me. So, this is a bar cookie and it is easy and fudgy with a bit of a crunch from the oatmeal topping. If there is any drawback at all to this cookie it would be that when left out, the chocolate gets soft and they get a bit messy. I kept mine in the fridge and they were so good. I am not a big chocolate fan, but my husband, who is, loved them. And it is the holidays, a little bit of mess never hurt anyone, right?




Oatmeal Chocolate Fudge Bars


Dough:

3/4 cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup quick cooking oats


Filling:

1 cup semi sweet choc chips
1 (14) oz can sweetened condensed milk



Directions:


Preheat oven to 350.
Cream butter,sugar and salt in a mixer.

Add flour and oatmeal, blend until it holds together. Heat milk in saucepan and add chocolate chips.

Use low heat and stir until chips are melted and you have a smooth chocolate cream.


Using a 9x13 pan, press 3/4 of the dough mixture in the greased pan, spreading and patting it to cover the whole surface.


Pour chocolate cream over crust. Crumble last bit of the dough over the chocolate, creating a third spotty layer.


Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool a long time before cutting or do what I did and refrigerate overnight. Made it much easier to cut.


Here they are. They look good, they taste good and would be a great addition to a holiday tray or great as a hostess gift.





The crust is so good, it is like an oatmeal shortbread with a layer of chocolate fudge on top. As my girl, Ina, would say, How bad could that be?



Take a look at what the other elves have made:

25 comments:

  1. Love the delicious layers. Especially the oatmeal shortbread. And they do really look very pretty. In a clear container with an adorable tag, and a welcome gift they'll be.

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  2. So glad they turned out well for you. And I'm glad you could find more than one thing to try on my blog since I'm a chocoholic and you don't like chocolate. :) Thanks for all the nice comments!

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  3. Not a big chocolate fan? Wow! Sometimes I wish I wasn't a big chocolate fan. I think I could instantly lose some weight :D These look delicious, I love a great bar cookie. I also love that you say that are a bit messy. I think messy cookies are the best. Shouldn't they all be ooey and gooey?

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  4. I am a huge fan of fudge bars!Yours look awesome

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  5. You had me at fudge and bars in the same title. LOL! These look wonderful!

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  6. They look good but I need some PB in there somewhere.

    Valerie does have a lovely blog and is herself a doll!
    ~ingrid

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  7. Chocolate chips mixed with sweetened condensed milk....a total winner!!! I know I will have to try these. They look great Denise!

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  8. I would not mind getting a bit sticky eating these! YUMMY! You know I had no idea that people start making christmas tray cookies in advance and froze them, I am so stupid I try to do it all in a few days!

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  9. I make Can't Leave Alone Bars which are much like this only they use a cake mix and not oatmeal. They are wonderful and I know these must be too! Can't wait to try them :)

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  10. All these chocolate cookies are making me wish I had one - like right now!

    And these don't have nuts in them, which means I can make them (my oldest child is allergic) without feeling guilty!

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  11. This would be one of the cookies I was talking about bookmarking but I may just have to run into the kitchen. I want one... NOW!!! :)

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  12. What a great combination! Like a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie on steroids!

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  13. These look so yummy, all that chocolate! I may make these like tomorrow.

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  14. They look so delicious and tempting.

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  15. Sweet, rich, chocolaty decadence. Well done!

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  16. Looks so yummy! Great picture and very easy to follow. Feel free to swing by my blog anytime http://chirstmasrecipeideas.blogspot.com/

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  17. I have SO been in a bar cookie mood lately. Seeing as how (a) I love chocolate and (b) I love oatmeal, these would be ideal.

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  18. these look too good to be true, mmmm!

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  19. What scrumptious bars! The filling looks and sounds yummy with the oatmeal!

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  20. These look delish, do you think it would work with old fashioned oats instead of the quick cooking?

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  21. These sound SO good. I love chocolate and oatmeal together. yummy!

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  22. So....can you just make my Christmas tray for me? Each recipe is sounding amazing...and I can't make all of them!!! Drooling on my keyboard over here :P""""

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  23. These look soooo good! I am definitely going to print this out and give it a try. Yum. You know how they say you shouldn't grocery shop when you're hungry? I'm starting to think you also shouldn't look at recipe blogs when hungry, either ;)

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  24. Sooo mouthwatering. Thank you so much. I will definitely try it soon.

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