Chewy Fudgey Oatmeal Bars

I recently started a new job at work. Still with the same company, just doing different work. It has been keeping me BUSY (some of you might notice that I haven’t been around as much recently). While I do miss my time chatting on the internet with lots of you, I’m loving my new job and learning a ton. The days are flying by, which is a nice change of pace for me. During one of my first days in the new group, I wanted to bring in some goodies.

I chose these bars because they are easy to transport and I’ve had them starred in my Google Reader forever. Wow! I wish I had made these sooner. The oatmeal layers are soft and chewy, but still sturdy enough to hold the amazing fudge layer in the middle.

One guy did say they were too sweet for him, but everyone else in my new group gobbled them right up. One of my coworkers commented she was so happy that I had joined the group. I hope it’s only partially because of my baking!

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Yield: ~40

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 cups oats
2 cups chocolate chips
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk (15 oz.)
2 Tbsp butter
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325. Grease and flour a 9Γ—13 pan

In a large bowl sift together flour, soda and salt. Set aside.

In large mixing bowl, beat together softened butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

Add eggs, one at a time and beat until combined. Add vanilla and mix well.

Slowly add the sifted flour mixture and mix until combined. Stir in oatmeal.

Gently spread 2/3 crust into bottom of prepared pan. Reserve the rest for topping.

Make the filling:
Over Medium-Low heat, melt together chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, 2 tablespoons butter, and salt. Stir until smooth. Remove mixture from heat and stir in vanilla and nuts if using.

Evenly pour filling mixture of crust but keeping filling about a 1/4 inch away from side of pan so it does not stick to side while baking. Evenly dollup top of filling with remaining oat mixture. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until topping is light brown and fudge layer set but not solid. Don’t overbake these bars or they can become dry.

Cool in pay on rack until set before cutting. Can chill to set faster. Keep stored in airtight container either room temp or in fridge.

Recipe from Baking Blonde

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25 Responses to “Chocolate Fudge Cake”

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — June 17, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Happy birthday! Today is my husband’s birthday, and he also requested a chocolate cake. I baked him Ina Garten’s Beatty’s chocolate cake. Your chocolate cake may be the one I bake for my birthday later this year. πŸ™‚

    • beantownbaker — June 17th, 2013 @ 8:48 am

      That’s a really good chocolate cake recipe too! Tell your husband happy birthday!

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — June 17, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Happy birthday! A no frills chocolate fudge cake sounds perfect πŸ™‚

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — June 17, 2013 at 9:16 am

    This looks amazing!! And happy birthday!!!

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    tracy {pale yellow} — June 17, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Happy Birthday! Noting like a perfectly simple chocolate cake to ring in a new year! This one looks scrumptious!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — June 17, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    That is seriously one gorgeous cake!!! I think I’m in love!

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    carolg — June 17, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    happy birthday and thanks so much for the chocolate cake- can’t have too many chocolate cake recipes

    • beantownbaker — June 18th, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

      I couldn’t agree more!

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    Jessamyn — June 17, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    We’re birthday buddies! Hope you had a great day!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — June 18, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Happy Birthday! Your cake looks amazing!!

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    carolg — June 18, 2013 at 8:44 am

    and if i want to make this 9 x 13?any caveats? i never know if i can just change pan size and oven time/temp?

    • beantownbaker — June 18th, 2013 @ 4:05 pm

      Two 9″ round pans is the same amount of cake batter as a 9×13 pan. I’d probably use the same temp and start checking around the same time. But I would expect it to take longer to bake in the end.

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    carolg — June 18, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    tnx- 9 x 13 is easier to tote

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    Nutmeg Nanny — June 18, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Oh goodness, this looks indulgent! I need to make this for my husband as soon as I can!

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    Karen - Cinnamon Freud — June 18, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Happy birthday! This cake is to die for- looks so chocolatey and fudgey. Hope you had a great day!

    • beantownbaker — June 19th, 2013 @ 7:13 am

      Thanks! I had a great birthday this year.

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    krimpetgirl — June 23, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Tomorrow is my birthday and I am making your birthday cake for my big day!

    Thanks!

    • beantownbaker — June 23rd, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

      Happy birthday tomorrow!! Hope you enjoy the cake as much as I did.

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    Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com — July 5, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Wow – this cake looks so good! I am always looking for chocolatecake recipes to try – so glad to have stumbled on your blog!

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    Amber Berry — August 3, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    I just made this for my mom and brothers Birthday tomorrow πŸ™‚ I will come back and let you know how mine turned out πŸ™‚ thanks for the recipe and happy late Birthday!

    • beantownbaker — August 4th, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

      Definitely let me know how it goes!

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    Amber Berry — August 4, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    The cake turned out amazing and was a huge hit! Most of the kids weren’t a huge fan but i don’t think they have learned to appreciate dark chocolate πŸ™‚

    • beantownbaker — August 5th, 2013 @ 7:14 am

      Glad it was a success (for the adults!)

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