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 9ร—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. Donโ€™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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11 Responses to “Oatmeal Chocolate Cinnamon Cookies”

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — January 24, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    These cookies look great! Hope you feel better soon Jen!

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    Megan — January 24, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    These look awesome. I love chocolate and cinnamon together.

    Feel better!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — January 24, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Love oatmeal cookies! Hope you’re feeling better ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Bridget — January 24, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Aw, I didn’t realize you hadn’t gone to the swap! What a bummer. But then at least you didn’t have to share these cookies. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Alicia — January 24, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Yum. I really love the combo of chocolate and cinnamon! Glad they came out well.

    Feel better!!

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    Shannon — January 24, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    hope you were able to get some rest and are feeling better! we missed you, but hopefully we’ll have another chance to catch up soon. these look great, and i’ve got some cinnamon chips in my house too ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Elizabeth — January 24, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    I’m not sure I’ve had chocolate & cinnamon together before but I bet the combination is great! And if it’s in an oatmeal cookie, you can’t really go wrong.

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    Heather Lynne — January 25, 2011 at 12:33 am

    I love cinnamon chips and put them in oatmeal cookies. I never thought of putting them in chocolate chip oatmeal cookies-they look amazing!

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    Blog is the New Black — January 25, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Jenn, these sound awesome, and I have some cinnamon chips to use!

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    We Are Not Martha — January 25, 2011 at 1:24 am

    These look wonderful! I’m sure being stuck in the house with a whole batch of them made you feel a little bit better, right? I love cookies with cinnamon chips in them!

    Sues

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    Elizabeth — January 25, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    These look so delicious. Getting sick on important (dessert related!) events is the absolute worst. I think another cookie swap is in your future.

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