Eating Oatmeal Chocolate Fudge Bars is basically as close to heaven on earth as you can get. These have always, and will always, be one of my all-time favorite treats!
My mom didn’t make these growing up, but as a foodie from birth, I was well trained (self-taught) to sniff out these bars at any pot-luck event I ever attended.
Thankfully they were a popular bar cookie back in the 90’s so I was lucky enough to find most of the time!
I love them!!! I actually posted this recipe on The Mother Huddle, back when I was a contributor and unfortunately that blog no longer exists so I realized I needed to get them posted on Real Life Dinner!
I love the fudge center in these bars so much I created a Peanut Butter Bar with the same center and they are fantastic too!
The buttery oatmeal cookie with a thick, creamy, chewy chocolate center is a perfect combination and has a texture that leaves you wanting just one more bite.
Have I mentioned that I love these Oatmeal Chocolate Fudge Bars?
You can use milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips. I usually use milk chocolate chips because my kids like them better that way, but they are delicious with either!
The only thing that is a little bit of a pain with this recipe is spreading the oatmeal mixture on the bottom of the pan. You only use 2/3 of the mixture on the bottom of the pan and it can be tricky to get it evenly distributed. I usually use my hands or put my and in a plastic bag if I don’t want to get sticky.
Don’t let that deter you from making these delicious bars. Believe me, the little bit of extra work is worth it.
Also, I just had to share this note because it cracked me up! My kids took some to school to give their teachers and Charlotte’s teacher sent this not back with her.
She’s right! They are AMAZING!
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2½ cups flour
- 3 cups oatmeal (quick or old-fashioned)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp coarse sea salt
- Fudge Center
- 1 (14 oz) can sweet and condensed milk
- 1 (12 oz) bag chocolate chips
- ¼ cup butter
- 2 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray a 15x10 cookie sheet with cooking spray and set aside
- In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, cream together, softened butter and brown sugar for one minute. Add eggs and vanilla and mix one more minute or until well combined.
- Add flour, oats, baking soda, and salt and mix until combined.
- Spread ⅔ of the oatmeal cookie mixture into the bottom of the prepared cookie sheet. Reserve remaining ⅓ and set aside.
- In a small sauce pan, heat condensed milk, chocolate chips and butter over low heat until melted. Stir continually. Once chocolate mixture is melted, add vanilla and pour out onto the oatmeal cookie mixture you pressed into the cookie sheet.
- Crumble the remaining ⅓ of the oatmeal mixture evenly over the top of the fudge layer.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until edges are just starting to brown.