Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Oatmeal Fudge Bars

Okay...I was lazy today...but at the end of a long baking day I realized that I still had not made my son's usual weekend request...chocolate chip cookies. I thought, maybe a quick cookie bar similar to a chocolate chip cookie recipe would suffice. So I dug into a stack of recipe books left for me to look at by a dear friend. This recipe is from the "Insurance Women of Portland - roses and raindrops" cookbook edition 1974-1975 submitted by Ede Dunn. Ms. Dunn...thank you very much for coming to my rescue...this late Sunday evening.

Oatmeal Fudge Bars
(believe it or not...I don't have a 9 x 9 pan so I am forced to double all the recipes. This does double very well. I am giving you the version for a 9 x9 pan even though my pics show the double batch)

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp soda
  • 2 cups quick cooking oatmeal
Chocolate Mixture
  • 1 package chocolate chips (or in my case...equiv. block chocolate)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Cream eggs, sugar, shortening and vanilla. Add flour and stir in oatmeal. Divide batter in half. Pat half mixture in 9 x 9 pan. Add the following chocolate mixture which has been melted together "in top of double boiler"...... I just put the chocolate in the micro for 1 minutes and then stirred in the butter, condensed milk, salt and vanilla. (I did not have chocolate chips but instead had a couple of bricks of Callebaut chocolate which I had purchased for a Christmas recipe coming up...oh well.)

After spreading chocolate mixture over the first layer, pat remaining mixture over top. (Now this is not as easy as it sounds. So...you can wait til the chocolate is completely cold and it should be easier. However, if you are impatient like me...simply crumble the mixture evenly over the top so that no chocolate shows through. Then pat down evenly until all combine to make a solid top layer.)

Bake at 350 for 25 min. Cool completely before cutting.

11 comments:

  1. could please post the chocolate mixture measurements...... I couldn't find it

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  2. Sorry about that...I must have inserted a picture right over top...What is a cookie bar without the chocolate! Hee hee....hope you come back and re-read this.

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  3. trish this looks very good. i made something similar once and my family thought it was date squares and were very disappointed when they bit into it since hubby isn't a huge fan of chocolate (he can take it or leave, WHO DOES THAT), once the kids recognized that is was chocolate.....then they liked it. it is funny that our mind is so conditioned to thinking it is one thing when really it is not what you thought at all.........hmm sounds like a profound thing to blog one....=}. maybe i will save that for a future post!

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  4. Yummy..an oatmeal bar! Hey Trish your late night readings offer great recipes here!

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  5. I can't remember if I have actually made these or if I just ate these. .. .no matter, they are delicious and now I have a recipe at my finger tip.

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  6. They look wonderful, Trish...especailly to serve to all the chocolate lovers. I'm sort of with Charlotte's DH...could we make a pan with dates as well?

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  7. My mom makes these, after I beg every waking moment for a month. They are so rich, but I love love love these.

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  8. Mmm..looks delicious! and I can modify this one to be gluten-free ! Thank you, Trish!

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  9. Trish...I made these awesome bars today as a special treat for a lady who broke her leg...I had prepared dinners to freeze for quick meals and added these in bite size...I took a change they would also freeze well....Thanks, Kathy

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  10. I used the oatmeal bar recipe part and used apple pie filling. I think I left the salt and baking powder out as your direction didn't say when to add them, which resulted in me forgetting to add them. But they turned out delicious without the salt and baking powder. Thanks.

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  11. Katie r. Sorry, the salt and soda should be added into the dry mixture; mix it into the flour before adding the oatmeal.

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