Chocolate Oatmeal Almost Candy Bars

After two days of bars without chocolate (!?!) it’s time to get some chocolate in here. Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home to Yours is one of my favorite cookbooks. The thing has some heft. It’s bigger than a sheet of paper and a couple inches thick. And it’s HEAVY! The pictures in it are beautiful and I love reading Dorie’s little stories before each recipe.

I told Hubby that I was thinking about these bars. I know the TWD group did them not too long ago, but instead of showing him a picture, I just told him about the ingredients in the bar. He just said “eh” when I told him they had chocolate, peanuts, raisins, and oats. I have to admit, I’m not a huge raisin fan myself, but I was definitely intrigued by the combination and decided to just go for it.

Boy am I glad I did! I think everyone who got to enjoy these gems was glad I didn’t just keep searching for another recipe after Hubby was less than enthusiastic about the ingredient list. The raisins give a nice chewiness and sweetness without overpowering the bars. The peanuts and oats give a nice contrast of textures. Overall this bar has it all. They’re not overly sweet and definitely hit the spot.

On top of all that, I’ve been totally digging bars with layers recently. I’m not quite sure why but I have been gravitating towards them. I’m sure you’ll see more layered bars in the future!

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Chocolate Oatmeal Almost Candy Bars

Yield: ~36

Ingredients:

For the oatmeal layer
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup salted peanuts, coarsely chopped

For the chocolate layer
14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup moist, plump raisins
3/4 cup coarsely chopped peanuts, preferably salted

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper and place the pan on a baking sheet.

To make the oatmeal layer
Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

Beat the butter on medium speed until it is soft and creamy. Add the brown sugar and beat for 2 minutes, then add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each one. Beat in the vanilla. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients, mixing just until they disappear. Still on low speed, or working by hand with a rubber spatula, stir in the oats and chopped peanuts.

Set aside 1 1/2 cups of the mixture, then turn the remaining dough into the buttered pan. Gently and evenly press the dough over the bottom of the pan. Set aside while you prepare the next layer.

To make the chocolate layer
Put the condensed milk, chocolate chips, butter, and salt in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir occasionally until the milk is warm and the chocolate and butter are melted. Remove the bowl from the pan of water and stir in the vanilla, raisins, and peanuts.

Pour the warm chocolate over the oatmeal crust, then scatter the remaining oatmeal mixture over the top.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the chocolate layer is dull and starting to come away from the sides of the pan. Transfer the baking pan to a rack and cool for about 2 hours.

Using the parchment paper, pull the bars out of their pan and place on a rack. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cutting.

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26 Responses to “Homemade Three Musketeer Candy Bars”

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    How To Be Perfect — October 18, 2010 at 10:56 am

    This recipe looks fantastic, I would love to try it, any idea what I could use as a substitute for the frozen whipped topping? I think such a thing would be hard to find here, can I make it? x

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    KV — October 18, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    wow that looks simple, and 3 muskateers are the “healthier” candy bar, right? hehe

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — October 18, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Um, why is this recipe so easy? This could be deadly in my kitchen!

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    We Are Not Martha — October 18, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    These are SUCH a good idea!! Seriously, I’m super impressed! 🙂

    Sues

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    amanda @ fake ginger — October 18, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Who knew you could make 3 Musketeers?! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    Megan — October 18, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Wow! They look just like the real deal, and that recipe sounds way too easy. So dangerous!!

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    becksterslaboratory — October 18, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Oh my goodness…these look amazing! Nicely done : )

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    Evan B — October 18, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Homemade candy makes my feel not as guilty when I’m devouring a whole bunch 🙂

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — October 19, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Seriously, you’re an amazing baker!! I would never think to make these at home. They look fantastic!

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    Carly — October 19, 2010 at 12:18 am

    I was afraid to read through the whole recipe in fear I’d run straight to the kitchen. they look amazing

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    theblogisthenewblack — October 19, 2010 at 11:59 am

    THis is my boyfriend’s favorite candy bar… I have to make these! 🙂

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    Boston Food Diary — October 19, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    These sound amazing Jen! Super simple- yet incredibly indulgent and definitely would satisfy a sweet tooth…or two…

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    Carolyn — October 19, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Wow – I had no idea these could be homemade! They look delicious!

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    naomi {@bakersroyale} — October 19, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I must make this! It’s one of mine and my husband’s favorite candy bar! YOurs look so great. I can’t wait to try it.

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    Kim Kelly — October 20, 2010 at 4:27 am

    This is my 2nd favorite candy. Now if only you could make butterfingers!! Love these, nicely done!!

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    Jennifer — October 20, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I LOVE how easy this recipe is! *saving*

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    oneordinaryday — October 21, 2010 at 12:24 am

    This candy gave me awesome mom status for quite a while. : )

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    nutmegnanny — October 21, 2010 at 2:34 am

    You are so talented! I wouldn’t have the patience to dip each of those little bites 🙂

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    Eliana — October 21, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I could not be trusted around these treats. They look too good to have just one, two or three….

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    Kristi — November 1, 2010 at 12:12 am

    I just made these homemade 3 Musketeers. My family said they tasted like the real thing, only a little richer. Mine were definitely not as pretty, they are so ugly 🙂

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    Jen — November 1, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Oh yea Kristi, mine weren’t very pretty. The only pretty ones I could find are in the picture!

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    Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday — November 1, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Wow! You MADE those? So impressed.

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    Dee — July 13, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Made these with my grandson and they were great! My husband now won’t eat a store bought musketeers bar.

    • beantownbaker — July 14th, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

      Isn’t that the good and bad thing about making stuff like this at home? Then you’ll never go back to store bought again!

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    Kaytee — August 29, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Could you tell me how many cups is in a 8oz tub of whipped topping??

    • beantownbaker — August 30th, 2013 @ 7:22 am

      From Kraft’s website, an 8 oz. tub of cool whip yields 3 cups.

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