GG’s Oatmeal Fudge Bars

Sometimes one needs some fudge. But since fudge alone is not considered very healthful, one may need to justify this consumption by adding something deemed a boon for the body.

Enter oatmeal.

Voila! fudge + oatmeal = healthy    Right?

Well, in any case, fudge and oatmeal is a lovely combination. These bars, if I do say so myself, are fantastic, and rather addictive. I would know this first-hand, as I made a batch of them a couple weeks after Garrett was born and greedily ate 3/4 of the pan in just a couple of days! This all done in the name of just “making the row even.” I unfortunately seem to be able to enjoy large quantities of pan-baked desserts by this method.

The recipe comes from my Gramma B. When we would pay her a visit, she would often have these wonderful bars waiting for us. She is 96 now and lives with my mom, but she and the oatmeal fudge bar recipe are still going strong. We love you, GG!

GG’s Oatmeal Fudge Bars

  • 1 c. butter (2 sticks)
  • 2 c. brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 c flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 c. quick oats

Filling:

  • 2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 c. sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 Tblsp. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

butter

Ahhhh….look at all of that glorious butter! Okay, well, you will need to soften the butter a bit before creaming it.

butter and brown sugar

So now cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla.

dry ingredients

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and quick oats. Add this to the creamed butter and sugar mixture, and mix until just combined.

fudge layer

In a heavy-bottomed sauce pan or a double boiler, combine all of the filling ingredients, except for the vanilla. Mix together and cook on low-medium heat until melted.

fudge melted

Now you can add the vanilla.

before baking

Spread 2/3 of the oatmeal batter on the bottom of a greased jellyroll pan. (The pan I used here measured 15.5 in x 10.5 in. I’ve also used a slightly larger one before.) Pour the filling over the batter. Smooth with a spatula until it evenly covers the bottom oatmeal layer. Then “glob” the remaining batter over the filling.

after baking

Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-30 minutes until lightly browned. Do not overbake.

These are especially amazing warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Oatmeal Fudge Bars

Don’t be afraid to even those rows!

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