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 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.