Oatmeal Fudge Bars – oatmeal almond cookie bars with a yummy fudge layer in the middle. Oatmeal, flour, baking soda, salt, butter, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips and almonds. Great make ahead dessert. Perfect potluck dessert.
I made these Oatmeal Fudge Bars a few weeks ago and they were a huge! They are basically an oatmeal cookie with a fudge filling. They are easy to throw together with ingredients that you probably already have on hand. I used sliced almonds in the fudge layer, but any nut would work. Next time I might try toasted pecans.
I suggest making the bars the day before you want to serve them so the fudge layer can set up. We sampled one after it had cooled for a few hours and it was really good, but it was outstanding the next day! It is amazing that something so simple can taste so good! They also travel well, so they are perfect for a tailgate party!
Yield: 16 bars
Oatmeal Fudge Bars
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 30 MINStotal time: 40 mins
3 cups quick cooking oats
2-½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp vanilla extract, divided
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 Tbsp butter
½ tsp salt
½ cup sliced almonds
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
In a large bowl, beat together 1 cup butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Mix in eggs and 1 tablespoon vanilla. In another bowl, combine oats, flour, baking soda, and 1 teaspoon salt; stir into butter mixture. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, heat sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, 3 tablespoons butter, and ½ teaspoon salt over low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in almonds and 1 tablespoon vanilla.
Pat 2/3 of the oat mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread chocolate mixture evenly over the top, and dot with remaining oat mixture.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in preheated oven. (Do not over bake) Let cool on a wire rack, then cut into bars.