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Deep Dish Oatmeal Fudge Bars

oatmeal fudge bars

I love holiday baking.  Bring on the cookies.  Bring on the fudge.  Bring on the pie!  I love it all.  But I especially love recipes that turn out beautiful, and happen to be deceptively easy.  Exhibit A: these bars. They’re big and sassy, and they’re a snap to make.

I discovered these oatmeal fudge bars a year and a half ago from Living Beyond Measure.  Let me tell you…when people take a bite of these you are going to be everyone’s new best friend.  What you basically have here is fudge wrapped in a soft cookie.  Let me repeat that.  FUDGE wrapped in a SOFT COOKIE.  I mean, please.  Let me catch my breath.  These are the kind of bars that are really seductive.  You cut a piece for yourself.  Then, maybe just a bit more.  Then later, a bit more.  You get the idea. 😉

I have never made these bars and not gotten rave reviews.  Actually, not very long ago out of the blew someone told me at a get together, “You’re the one who made those bars, right?  The fudge ones?  Oh, man!”  And then he kind of stared off dreamily into space.  😄.  Friends made every day, people. I’m telling you, you have to make these bars.

oatmeal fudge bars

Another reason I like these is that they somehow remind me of the recipes I used to help make around Christmas time when I was a kid.  They don’t take long to put together because a kid’s attention span is limited, but they always turn out great.  So let’s have a slice of nostalgia!

I hope I’ve gotten you excited about these.  They’re a great addition to any holiday baking list, especially if you need to turn something out fast.  Just make sure to save a bar or two for yourself!

oatmeal fudge bars

Deep Dish Oatmeal Fudge Bars
 
Ingredients
  • For cookie mixture:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (but not melted)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • For fudge portion:
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter, eggs, and brown sugar.
  3. Add the vanilla and milk. It may look curdled at this point, but that's fine.
  4. Add in the dry ingredients and mix until incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl if you have to.
  5. Set aside.
  6. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, combine all of the fudge ingredients and heat until melted. Take off the heat.
  7. Spread ¾ of the cookie mixture on the bottom of the pan, spreading it around so it's even.
  8. Pour the fudge on top and spread it around evenly.
  9. Dollop the remaining cookie mixture randomly on top of the fudge, just making sure that there are cookie bits all over top.
  10. Bake for 25 minutes, covering with aluminum foil if the top begins to brown too quickly.
  11. I love keeping these at room temperature. They are so soft and tempting. But you can also store in the fridge.

 

{ 19 comments… add one }
  • Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop November 14, 2015, 10:53 am

    I totally agree…I love baking! Especially during the holidays. This fudge bar looks right up my alley! Total deliciousness!

    • Amanda November 14, 2015, 7:08 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Ashley | The Recipe Rebel November 14, 2015, 11:37 pm

    These are definitely friend-winning bars! But I mean, there’s chocolate 😉

    • Amanda November 16, 2015, 3:01 pm

      Baking for the holidays is kind of like Field of Dreams: if you bake it, they will come. 😄

  • Rachel @ Bakerita November 15, 2015, 6:16 pm

    Wow, these bars are seriously heavenly!! They look absolutely amazing and so soft and chewy.

    • Amanda November 16, 2015, 3:01 pm

      Thank you! I love chewy bars of every kind. They are my weakness! 😀

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary November 16, 2015, 10:30 am

    Holiday baking is a must and I am ALL FOR deceptively easy recipes! These oatmeal fudge bars look delicious! LOVE that they are deep dish! These wouldn’t last more than 5 minutes in my house! SO YUM! Cheers, my dear!

    • Amanda November 16, 2015, 3:03 pm

      Thank you so much! I tell you girl, people go full Gollum for these bars. Calling them “my precious” and the whole deal. Haha. Or maybe that’s just me after they come out of the oven.

  • Jen | Baked by an Introvert November 16, 2015, 12:06 pm

    I adore oatmeal fudge bars! Love that these are deep dish. They sound incredible!

    • Amanda November 16, 2015, 3:04 pm

      Thanks, Jen. Deep dish pizza, deep dish bars. That’s just the kind of woman I am. 😉

  • Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry November 16, 2015, 7:31 pm

    These oatmeal fudge bars are going on my already long list of holiday baking. They look delicious!

    • Amanda November 19, 2015, 9:47 pm

      Thanks, Nicole! 😀

  • Mir November 17, 2015, 6:17 am

    Oatmeal fudge bars sound exactly like what I need in my life today. Send some over, okay? 🙂 They look perfect!

    • Amanda November 19, 2015, 9:48 pm

      Haha. Thank you! They do tend to disappear pretty fast.

  • Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen November 18, 2015, 10:17 am

    OH. MY. GOSH. These bars look incredibly yum! I wish I could have 3-4 of these right now! 🙂

    • Amanda November 19, 2015, 9:50 pm

      Thank you! That’s how I feel whenever I make them. I have to stop myself from eating the whole pan. 😀

  • Megan - The Emotional Baker November 19, 2015, 2:45 pm

    Oh, these look amazing! I’ll definitely have to try them this holiday season!

    • Amanda November 19, 2015, 9:50 pm

      Thanks so much, Megan!

    • Amanda November 21, 2015, 4:05 pm

      Thanks!

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