Oatmeal Fudge Bars

by Megan on October 25, 2012

The oatmeal part of this reminds me of the instant maple and brown sugar oatmeal I used to eat as a kid. I loved it! So sampling this dough was no big deal at all. I should go back to school and major in dough sampling. I’d get straight A’s, no doubt.

I’ve daydreamed about this bar ever since getting one similar at a bakery by my house. Honestly, these are just like the one I had! It’s an oatmeal fudge miracle! A truly love situation involving chocolate and oatmeal memories.

So, make these! Pass them out to your friends! Put them in your boo’s lunch. Eat them after lunch and dinner. Just mostly, make them.

P.S. You guys, try not to judge my cutting skillz. I’m awful at cutting things the same size! Shucks.

Oatmeal Fudge Bars
Recipe from Erin’s Food Files

Ingredients:

oatmeal layer –

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t kosher salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 3 cups rolled oats
fudge layer –
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 14-15 oz. sweetened condensed milk*
  • 2 T butter
  • 1 t kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 t vanilla extract
* I had a 14 oz. container from Trader Joe’s. And it worked ok!

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Spray a 9×13 inch pan with cooking spray. Line with parchment paper. Spray again. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. In another large bowl, beat together softened butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and beat until combined. Mix in vanilla.
  3. Slowly add the flour mixture and oatmeal until mixed thoroughly.  Place 2/3 of the oatmeal mixture in the prepared pan. Pat down and reserve the rest for the topping.
  4. Make the fudge layer by melting together the chocolate chip, condensed milk, two tablespoons butter, and a teaspoon of salt. Stir until smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour over oatmeal crust. Spread leaving 1/4 inch border. Evenly dollop remaining oatmeal mixture over the fudge.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until fudge layer is set, but not solid. Cool in pan on a rack until set. Chill for quicker cooling!

Yay! Click HERE for a printable pdf of the recipe above.

Elliot sampled the oatmeal part.

P.S. He agrees about it tasting like that instant maple brown sugar oatmeal situation.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Abby@ Totes Delish October 25, 2012 at 8:44 am

I love these so much! I always put a little chocolate in my oatmeal, so this fits the bill. I always love love love your pictures and writing style : )

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Megan October 25, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Ooh good idea! Maybe I’d like oatmeal for breakfast if chocolate was involved.

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cindy October 25, 2012 at 9:03 am

let’s go back to school and major in dough sampling and cocktail clinking…we’d be top of the class, and the classiest at that! I love how fudge-y, that chocolate part looks!

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Megan October 25, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Yeah girl. We need to! And I need to take a class on how to light a burner with a french fry. You obvi aced that class!

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Tiffany October 25, 2012 at 9:39 am

This looks so GOOD! And for the cutting skillz, yeah… I get that. No judgement here 😉

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Kelsey October 25, 2012 at 10:28 am

Agreed! I made these brownies last week, and really, how hard is it to cut brownies into similar sized and shaped pieces? Apparently, it is VERY hard for me! No judgement- but perhaps a celebration of free form cutting ??

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Megan October 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Whew! 🙂

And yes! We follow our hearts when slicing. No rulez.

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Billy October 25, 2012 at 3:35 pm

What?!? I love fudge and I love oatmeal and I will probably love these bars.

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Megan October 25, 2012 at 4:34 pm

It’s just guaranteed, Billy!

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Nik October 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm

These sounds sososo good. They also are slightly nostalgic. Were these a thing when we were kids? I’m excited.

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Megan October 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I think so! Totally a memory situation!

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Kerri October 26, 2012 at 9:15 am

Oooo yum! I think my mom made a box version of these when I was in high school. Maybe called Fudge Jumbles?

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Megan October 26, 2012 at 9:59 am

ooh! Fudge jumbles probably are totally like these! Love the name!

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Nikkilooch October 26, 2012 at 9:57 am

Oooh… Megan. These look so good. I love oatmeal in desserts. Who am I kidding? I love oatmeal of all kinds!

I’ll have to try these soon, soon, soon.

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Megan October 26, 2012 at 9:59 am

Thanks, Nikki! And yeah, oatmeal is goo-ood!

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Cuz Paul Harmon October 29, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Have been checking on your page for the occasional yummy idea. Can’t wait to try this one out modified Uruguayan style. 🙂

Will have to substitute sweetened condensed milk and the chocolate chips for something else as I can’t find them here.

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Rachel @ Bakerita April 11, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Mmmm chocolate oatmeal heaven. Looks delicious in the best possible way.

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