What's better than an oatmeal cookie and chocolate fudge together? Um, nothing. My friend, Adria, sent me this recipe over a year ago. In fact, it was closer to two years ago, and now I'm kicking myself that I haven't been enjoying these beauties that long. The funny thing is that what stopped me was that the instructions said to cook the fudge on the stovetop, and I was too lazy to do that. When I finally made them, I put all the fudge ingredients into a microwave-safe bowl, and melted them until smooth. Problem solved for this lazy bones. I still can't believe that's what stopped me. The girl who cooked and stirred 15 pounds of fudge last year during the holidays.  

These take a little bit of time because you have to make the cookie mixture and the fudge, but everything bakes at once, so it's not too bad. I also halved the recipe, which was a great idea for me (since on the day I made these, I also made salted caramel brownies and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream sandwiches). If you're going to a BBQ this summer, bring these. Your friends will be thrilled.

Oatmeal Fudge Bars Recipe
Makes a 9x13 pan
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For the cookie bars:
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups oats
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

For the fudge filling:
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and grease a 9x13 pan.

In a stand mixer or using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugars. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix. Stir in the baking soda, salt, and cinnamon until combined. Mix in the flour until combined and the oats until combined. Press a little more than half of the mixture into the bottom of the pan.

In a saucepan, cook the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, butter, salt, and vanilla over medium low heat until creamy (you also could do this in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between). Pour this mixture over the dough in the pan, but avoid pouring it near the edges. Flatten pieces of the remaining dough and put on top of the fudge. You'll want to leave windows for the fudge to peek through.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until topping is light brown and fudge is set. Cool for 30 minutes and store at room temperature.
 


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06/25/2012 4:59pm

These look so good! Great photos!

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06/25/2012 5:30pm

These bars look great! I'll def have to try these.

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06/25/2012 6:08pm

Cookies and fudge together, yes please!

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06/26/2012 7:45am

My grandma used to make something a lot like this! Love them!!

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06/26/2012 1:33pm

Those look luvly! I know, one day I will make something nice like this.

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06/26/2012 1:45pm

This idea rocks! You're right, oatmeal and fudge should be together!

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06/27/2012 12:41pm

OMG. This sounds fabulous. I'll have to make these for my co-workers soon. They'll go nuts for them.

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I can only imagine how delicious these are. I love oatmeal cookies and fudge! Put them together.. that's like a perfect dessert (maybe get some peanut butter in there too!)

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06/29/2012 6:00am

Oh my god, they look amazing! Like fudgy flapjacks. Yum!

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Barb
07/02/2012 8:25pm

Do you think these would freeze well? My daughter made them today...........so rich and delicious............that we should probably not eat them all this week, but save some!

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She Makes and Bakes
07/03/2012 7:25am

I haven't tried freezing them, but I think they would do well. I would let them thaw on your counter when you want them again. Good luck!

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