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Gooey chocolate is sandwiched between two layers of oatmeal cookies in these decadent bars.

Oatmeal Fudge Bars on Taste and Tell

I don’t know what has come over me. Normally, if I’m craving dessert, I’ll choose something fruity, or caramel, or vanilla. While I like chocolate, for some reason, it’s not usually my first choice.

But lately, I can’t get enough chocolate. Everything from Chocolate Coconut Ice to Banana Brownies to Double Malt Brownies.

And I’ve got more chocolate today. I was actually wanting to make cookies one day, but nothing sounded good. I know – something is really wrong with me!! But then I came across these bars, and I knew I wanted to try them.

These may very well become a favorite. A layer of oatmeal cookie bar, topped by a gooey, creamy chocolate center, then layered with another oatmeal cookie bar. These things are amazing. And I love that the filling stays soft – it never hardens up like a I thought it would have. So these are creamy and soft and rich no matter when you eat them!

These bars are great to give away or take to a potluck as well. That is – if you don’t eat them all first!!

Oatmeal Fudge Bars

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Oatmeal Fudge Bars
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Gooey chocolate is sandwiched between two layers of oatmeal cookies in these decadent bars.
Serves: 24-48 servings, depending on how big you cut them
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened (divided)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (divided)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats (raw)
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt (divided)
  • 1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12-oz) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8x12x1 inch sheet pan or a 9x13-inch baking dish with parchment paper or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Combine the brown sugar and 1 cup of the butter and beat until light and fluffy. Add in 1 teaspoon of the vanilla and the eggs and beat until combined. In another bowl, combine the oats, flour, baking soda and ½ teaspoon of the salt. Stir the dry ingredients into the butter/sugar mixture until combined.
  3. Reserve about one-third of the mixture and press the remaining mixture into the prepared pan.
  4. In a small saucepan, combine the sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips and remaining butter and place over medium-low heat. Stir constantly until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining 1 teaspoon of vanilla and ½ teaspoon salt. Spread the chocolate mixture over the oat mixture in the pan, then drop the remaining oat mixture by teaspoonfuls over the chocolate mixture.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden, about 25 minutes. Let cool slightly before cutting into bars.
slightly adapted from Big Book of Home Cooking

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24 Responses to Oatmeal Fudge Bars

  1. Mmmm pure chewy deliciousness! Love!

  2. Give me a bar over a cookie anyway!!!

    You can’t lose with oatmeal and the chocolate squished in. Potluck, hmmm, taking a potato casserole instead. Keeping these! (just kidding, I’ll share, promise!)

  3. cheri says:

    These do look amazing, love the chocolate centers! Your right, these would be perfect for a potluck.

  4. Ooo! These bars look fantastic! Love the fudge filling! Pinned!

  5. These bars look sensational! pinned!

  6. oatmeal cookies are my fave!! these bars look so perfect!!

  7. As soon as I saw the photo I knew I had to pin this one. Oh my you were not overstating your case using the word ‘fudgy’ in the title.

  8. Annalise says:

    Gotta try these asap!!

  9. These look delicious! I love a good oatmeal/chocolate combo 🙂

  10. dina says:

    these look so yummy!

  11. Chris says:

    I have a version of these in my cookbook. They are so amazingly delicious.

  12. Janet says:

    Wow, these look great, Definitely comfort food for my family, Tasty, and chewy.

  13. Love the fudge filling! These look delicious!

  14. Chels R. says:

    I wish I had one of these right now. Completely calling my name.

  15. Joanne says:

    I’m not usually super into chocolate either, but those fudgy insides are calling my name!

  16. Sarah says:

    Just wondering if this recipe calls for plain or self-rising flour?

  17. E Carnes says:

    Is there anything that can be subbed for sweetened condensed milk?

    • Deborah says:

      Are you wanting to sub it because you can’t find it or because you don’t like it? If you can’t find it, I know you can make it yourself, although I haven’t tried any of the recipes online myself. I’m not sure if there is a substitute if you just don’t like it. I can’t think of a product that is comparable to just sub in.

  18. Yolanda says:

    Can these bars be frozen?

  19. Yolanda says:

    I made these bars today and they are simply delicious!! I froze a little over half the batch so we will see how they taste once they are thawed in a week or so! I will let you know.

  20. Vickie L Daignault says:

    can you use old fashion oats in place of quick oats

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