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Fudge Nut Bars

January 21, 2008

These bars, a tradition in my family, have a layer of brown-sugar-oatmeal cookie bottom, a chocolatey-nutty layer in the middle, and more oatmeal cookie dropped on top — they’re best served cool from the fridge, I think. Though I have been known to eat them straight from the freezer…the chocolate in the middle doesn’t freeze quite solid, so a frozen bar is pretty chewy and fantastic.

Fudge Nut Bars

Fudge Nut Bars

Ingredients

1 cup unsalted butter
2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups sifted flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
12 oz. pkg. semisweet or bittersweet chocolate morsels (I like the Ghirardelli 60% cacao chips)
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 tsp vanilla

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together the butter and sugar. Mix in eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt. Add these dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and mix to combine (just until the flour disappears into the batter.) Stir in the rolled oats; set aside while you make filling.

Combine in a heatproof bowl the chocolate pieces, sweetened condensed milk, 2 tablespoons butter and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Melt these ingredients together, using either the double boiler method (set the heatproof bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water) or in the microwave (cook in 30-second increments, stirring after each until the chocolate is melted.) Whichever method you use, stir the mixture occasionally until the chocolate pieces are melted and mixture is smooth; remove from heat and stir in nuts and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Spread about 2/3 of the cookie dough (that you had previously set aside) over the bottom of greased 13 x 9 inch pan. Cover with the fudge filling. Drop chunks of the remaining cookie dough in pieces over the filling. Bake in a 350 degree oven 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool in pan, cut into small bars.

One Comment leave one →
  1. June 12, 2008 11:06 pm

    Oh whoa, these look good!!! I love making bar cookies (especially ones with chocolate in them), so these will definately be on my summer baking list.🙂 The crumble stuff looks amazing, too!

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