Have I ever told you how much I love perusing cookbooks? No kidding, when I get a new cookbook, I read it cover to cover, just like a novel. I have many in my possession, but my favorites are the ones that are a compilation of beloved recipes from many sources. I love to purchase the cookbooks that churches put together or ladies auxiliary groups or ones from a certain region of the country. Grandma's Oatmeal Fudge Bars come from one of my favorites.
Bar crust and topping
2 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
2 eggs, slightly beaten
2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 cups Bisquick
3 cups quick oats
1 12 oz. package chocolate chips
1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
2 Tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, Bisquick and oats. Mix with hands or pastry cutter until crumbly. Press 3/4 of the mixture into the bottom of a 13x9 inch baking pan. Set aside. Combine chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and butter in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until chocolate chips are melted. Remove from heat and stir in salt and vanilla. Spread the fudge mixture over the crust. Drop the remaining oat mixture in spoonfuls on top of the chocolate. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until top is light golden brown. Cool slightly before cutting into bars.
These bars are like a fudgy oatmeal cookie sandwich. You'll want to have a tall glass of milk handy when you eat them ;-).
I absolutely love baking with oatmeal. It gives the dough a delicious texture with a slightly nutty flavor. Here are some other favorite recipes featuring oatmeal: