Monday, August 27, 2012

Oatmeal Fudge Bars

 My sweet friends son just returned from serving a 2 year mission for our church. He has been serving in the Bangkok Thailand Mission. Today he was speaking in church--giving a short report of some of the experiences he has had. Carol was having a houseful of guests for lunch so I happily offered to make some treats. I look for opportunities to share the calories!
I checked my Pinterest boards and many blogs looking for a good treat. Bars are fun, they make a lot and your oven is only on for a short time, a plus in 95 degree heat.
This bar has a simple oatmeal cookie type crust, a decadent chocolate filling and a light crumb crust. All combined to make one delicious treat. I found the recipe on Brown Eyed Baker, one of my favorite blogs. It's a recipe worth keeping.

Oatmeal Fudge Bars
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 ¼ cups light brown sugar, divided
1 cup all-purpose flour, divided
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt, pinch of salt, divided
10 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided
1 ½  cups chocolate chips
1 egg
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8 inch square baker with aluminum foil, allowing excess to hang over the edges of the pan.  Grease foil; set pan aside.

Combine the oats, 1 cup of brown sugar, ¾ cup of flour, baking powder, baking soda, and a pinch of salt.  Stir together in a bowl to combine.  Melt 8 Tbsp butter and stir into the oat mixture until combined.  Reserve ¾ cup of the mixture for the topping.  

Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture over the bottom of the prepared pan and press into an even layer.  Bake until light golden brown, about 12 minutes.  Cool completely, about 1 hour.

Combine the remaining ¼ cup flour, the remaining ¼ cup brown sugar, and the remaining
¼ tsp salt in a bowl.  Set aside.

Melt the chocolate chips and the remaining 2 Tbsp butter in a large bowl, microwaving at 50% power in 30 second intervals, stirring after each.  Let cool slightly.  Add the egg and whisk until combined.  Use a rubber spatula to fold in the flour mixture, stirring until just combined.

Pour the chocolate filling over the cooled crust and sprinkle with the remaining oatmeal mixture.  Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 25-30 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.  Using the foil overhang, lift the bars from the pan and cut into squares.  Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature.


Christie and Stuart said...

They look delicious!!!

TheBotanicalCat said...

Oh my goodness, they look amazing. I want to try them! :)
Rache @ Live.Food.Love [xo]

Lois Evensen said...

How yummy! :)

Kayte said...

You are such a good friend...what a treat to have you bring treats! My guys would love these. I better put this on the short list, sounds perfect for fall and winter, all that oatmeal!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

Oh, man, I can't wait to make these beauties! I'm sure Carol appreciated your delectable contribution :)

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Wow! Those look good. Mmmmm....I can almost taste them!

Nedra said...

I bet that mom was so happy when you volunteered to help bring a treat. Looks like a great recipe.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

OMGoodness, Cindy, do those bars ever look good! I love oatmeal and combined with chocolate...yum! It's nice to meet you and I'm following you back :)

Winnie said...

Such delicious looking bars!:)
I wonder if I could use roll-oats...

Liz said...

Derfinitely going to try these! Will pin on my board. Thanks!

Gloria - The Ginger Snap Girl said...

These are going on the to do list asap. Oatmeal and rich chocolate in a bar sounds pretty awesome. I wouldn't mind a little of that right about now. ;)

Erin said...

I could use a plate of these right now. They look amazing!

Tomato Thymes said...

These look delicious.

Lindsay said...

Hi! I found your post at "I should be mopping the floor" and would love for you to share it at my link party at See you at the party!

Amber @ said...

Just say fudge & you have got me drooling! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #15.

~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!