Chewy oatmeal fudge bars with gooey chocolate through the middle. Great for potlucks and barbecues to share with your neighbors.
This is one of the very first recipes that I shared over a year ago. It was definitely due for an update. These are still a huge hit wherever I take them. The gooey fudge center with the oatmeal cookie-like base and top are just irresistible. These are fairly easy to make and travel well, which makes them ideal for barbeques and potlucks. Believe me, these will be gone before you know it! If you are looking for a couple other easy recipes for this summer check out my Tasty Chicken Salad Croissants or my Chocolate No Bake Cookies! And don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest!
Start by mixing up the oatmeal dough. Press 3/4 of the dough in the bottom of a 13×17 baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. When pressing the dough into the pan. Use only lightly floured fingers. Sprinkling flour on the dough or just using a lot of flour to do this will make the bars dry. You can see that I do floury fingerprints here and there on the dough above which is fine just make sure you don’t overdo it.
Now for the filling! Prepare the fudge filling according to the recipe and spread it across the top of the oatmeal dough. I didn’t spread it all the way to the edges because it makes it easier to cut later.
With the remaining 1/4 of the dough, you are going to lightly flour your hands again and flatten globs of dough to dot the top of the filling. Once again, don’t over do it with the flour. Bake the bars for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Now you don’t want to wait until the dough on top is lightly browned to take them out of the oven. By then, they will be overdone and will end up dry. I stick a toothpick through a “glob” of flattened dough near the center. When done the toothpick with come out with crumbs clinging to it. Cool the bars completely, cut them up and enjoy!
- 1 Cup Butter softened
- 2 Cups Brown Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 2 tsp Vanilla
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 3 Cups Quick Cooking Oatmeal
- 2 Cups Flour
- 1 Cup Chocolate Chips (I used milk chocolate but you can use semi-sweet or dark, too)
- 1 14 oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 2 tsp Vanilla
- 1 Tbs Butter
- 1/2 tsp Salt
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a baking sheet (13x17 inches) with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until it's well combined. Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Add the salt and baking soda. Stir in the oatmeal. Finally, add the flour. Set the oatmeal dough aside .
For the filling, pour the chocolate chips in a 2 cup microwavable measuring cup. Put the 1 Tbs. butter, salt and vanilla on the top of the chocolate chips and pour the can of sweetened condensed milk over them. Microwave about 30 second at a time, stirring in between 30 second intervals until the chocolate is melted and everything blends together. Set to the side for a moment.
Using lightly floured fingers, press 3/4 of the oatmeal dough into the bottom of your baking sheet. Pour the chocolaty filling on top and spread nearly to the edges of the pan. Take the remaining oatmeal dough and flattened it a chunk at a time with your hands and place the flattened pieces on top of the chocolate filling.
Bake for 25 minutes. When these bars are done they WILL NOT be lightly browned. You don't want to overcook them because then they will be dry instead of soft and chewy.
Cool completely before cutting. Cut up into 48 pieces and enjoy!