Saturday, 28 February 2015

Oatmeal Fudge Bars

A base of chewy oatmeal cookie, a center of gooey chocolate fudge, topped off with chunks of the chewy oatmeal.



This post is part of an ALL NEW group of wonderful bloggers taking part in an event called "Freaky Friday." 


Each of the 13 bloggers is assigned to another group members blog (in secret!) with the task of recreating one of the recipe on the appointed blog. I was given the stunning Café Terra - a sweet and savory food blog. It took me a good long time to actually narrow down all of the amazing recipes that were jumping out at me down to just one. Shortlisted recipes included Cherry Bourbon Crumble Bars, Blueberry Orange Cobbler, and Pulled Pork Mac n' Cheese.

In the end I went with the Oatmeal Fudge Cookie Bars and oh my!! What a treat they were!


These bars were really easy and fun to make and the combination of the chewy oats and oozy chocolate fudge was just phenomenal.



The recipe calls for chopped nuts to be added to the fudge mixture. I had some lovely sliced almonds sitting out on the counter with all my ingredients ready to go into the mix. I put the dish in the oven, turn around, and notice the almonds sitting waiting on the counter top.. Oops.. But the bars were still delightful without the nuts!



Oatmeal Fudge Bars


Makes about 20 bars

2½ cups flour, sifted
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
3 cups quick oats
2 tsp vanilla
12 oz chocolate chips
1 can (12oz) sweetened condensed milk
½ tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla (for melted chocolate layer)
1 cup of chopped nuts (Terra uses walnuts)


Instructions


  1. Preheat oven to 180C (350 degrees Fahrenheit). Grease a 9x13 inch pan.
  2. In small bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In medium bowl, cream butter and sugar together with hand mixer, add egg and beat until light and fluffy.
  4. Stir in oats, vanilla, and then add in flour mixture. Reserve one cup of dough, press remaining dough in bottom of greased pan.
  5. In double boiler, on medium heat, melt together chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, salt, vanilla, and chopped nuts. Once the mixture is melted, spread evenly over dough in pan.
  6. Take clumps of reserved dough, and spread out in clumps over top of bar.
  7. Bake for about 25-30 minutes. Let cool before cutting the bars.
Don't forget to drop by Café Terra to check out her assignment!



Here's a full list of everyone that has participated in this event. Be sure to check out what they have made!

A Dish Of Daily Life , An Affair from the Heart , Aunt Bee’s RecipesBig Rigs ‘n Lil CookiesCafé Terra BlogFull Belly SistersHoney & BirchLife CurrentsPic NicSimply SatedStephie CooksThe Foodie AffairWho Needs A Cape?


18 comments:

  1. Nicole, Oh how I wish I had one of these right this very minute! Thank you for being a part of this fun Friday post! (even though it's Saturday where you are! ;) ) Happy you have "met" Terra, and enjoyed baking from her yummy blog!

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  2. You ROCK Nicole, this is one of my most favorite recipes EVER!!! I'm so excited that you enjoyed them, and I love the idea of adding almonds instead. Your images make me want to make them now ASAP! Hugs, Terra

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  3. Love bars, thank you for sharing this recipe with us, Nicole! Need to try it :)

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  4. These oatmeal fudge bars look so amazingly good!

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  5. Terra's recipes are always fantastic! I'll have to add this one to me "to make" list :-)

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  6. With or without the almonds, these looks ahhh-mazing! Yum!

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  7. These look great! Anything with condensed milk is always good!

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  8. What a delightful treat! These look great!

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  9. What a beautiful recreation of Cafe Terra's original cookie. As far as the almonds...don't you hate when that happens? Anyhow, this desert looks like it still turned out divine.

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  10. Oh my these look amazing! I think I need to try this recipe very soon!

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  11. These look absolutely wonderfully fudgy and perfect! I adore Terra and her recipes, but don't remember seeing this one before, so I am even more excited that you chose this recipe!

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  12. I could use one of these right now! What a tasty recipe you picked from Terr's blog!

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  13. These sound so good! And they look just mouthwatering! What a great recipe to choose for Freaky Friday! Great work!

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  14. These bars look delicious! Great pick for Freaky Friday!

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  15. Oh boy, you are the second person my comment didn't stick on. I came back to finish sharing and noticed no comment...so sorry!! These look so good!! I just made some bar cookies yesterday...I feel like I do so much better with bars than regular cookies! I'm definitely going to be trying these!

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  16. WOW!! This recipe looks phenomenal and I can't wait to try it - with or without the nuts:-) Great pick for Freaky Friday.

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  17. Yum these look so good! Is Freaky Friday a once off event or is there a chance to participate in another one?

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