My husband works in a building which has a nice coffee shop on the first floor. I think one of the treats he and his co-workers purchase most often (after coffee) is these oat fudge bars (I’ve had them too, they’re pretty good). When one of Matt’s co-workers held a cookout/pot luck and I found this recipe, I thought they would be the perfect taste testers for me. I think they went over well considering several of his co-workers told me to keep sending treats in with him!
I have to warn you… I had some difficulties making the chocolate layer. I melted the chocolate and butter using the microwave and it seized up on me. I added a little vanilla to the chocolate layer, partially because I thought it would taste great, and partially to help thin out the chocolate so I could stir the egg in. Next time I make them I will use a double boiler instead.
OATMEAL FUDGE BARS (from The America’s Test Kitchen Family Baking Book)
We got 24 bars from this batch using a 9x13 pan
Base and Crumble
- 2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
- 2 cups light brown sugar
- 1 & 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter melted
Preheat the oven to 325F. Spray your pan with cooking spray. Mix the oats, brown sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Mix in the melted butter. Reserve appx 1 & ½ cups of the mixture. Evenly press the rest into the baking sheet. Bake the base four about 8 minutes until light brown. Allow the base to cool, about 1 hour.
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 18 oz semisweet chocolate chips
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 eggs
Melt the chocolate and butter together. If using a microwave, check the chocolate and stir often, it takes appx 2-3 minutes to melt. Mix in the vanilla – the chocolate mix may be stiff, just keep working with it. Once the chocolate has cooled a little, mix in the eggs, incorporating them quickly (you don’t want to scramble them…). Mix together in a separate bowl the flour, brown sugar, and salt. Combine the flour mixture into the chocolate until incorporated.
Transfer chocolate mixture on top of oatmeal base and spread to the edges so there is an even layer. Cover the chocolate mixture with an even layer of the reserved oat mixture. Bake at 325F for around 30 min until a toothpick at the center of the bars comes out with only a few crumbs. Cool the bars before cutting.