The Baker Upstairs: Oatmeal Fudge Bars

12.10.2021

Oatmeal Fudge Bars

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These oatmeal fudge bars are so rich and decadent, with the most delicious combination of flavors and textures!
These oatmeal fudge bars are so rich and decadent, with the most delicious combination of flavors and textures!
Do you ever just have those moments when you need something sweet, but can't decide exactly what you want? Like, you want a cookie, but you also want a brownie. Or you want something gooey and chocolatey, but also want something crispy and buttery. These oatmeal fudge bars have got you covered! They have a buttery, crispy oat layer on top, a silky and rich chocolate fudge filling in the middle, and another crispy oat layer on the bottom. They're loaded with deliciousness all the way through!

These oatmeal fudge bars are so easy to make, and perfect for a lazy day when you still need a decadent dessert to eat! They're made with ingredients that you most likely already have on hand, so there's no need to run to the store when the chocolate craving strikes. They are so rich that a small square packs plenty of punch, so a 9 x 9 pan will feed a crowd!
These oatmeal fudge bars are so rich and decadent, with the most delicious combination of flavors and textures!
I always line the pan with parchment paper to make it easy to lift the bars out, and to make clean up easier.    I love these pre-cut parchment paper liners, and the best part is that you can use both sides of the sheet, so there's less waste. (I've actually reused the same parchment paper liner for 3-4 batches of cookies at times, and it has worked great!) It's important to let the bars cool completely before cutting, so the fudgy filling can set and the bars will hold their shape. These oatmeal fudge bars are perfect with a glass of cold milk on the side. They're a satisfying and delicious dessert that everyone will love!
These oatmeal fudge bars are so rich and decadent, with the most delicious combination of flavors and textures!
Oatmeal Fudge Bars

for the crust:
3/4 cup flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, melted

for the filling:
4 tablespoons butter
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 325. Line a 9 x 9 baking dish with parchment or foil. To make the crust, whisk together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Pour the melted butter into the dry ingredients and mix to combine. Scoop 1 1/4 cups of the mixture into a small bowl and set aside. Press the remaining crust mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake 8 minutes, then let the crust cool while you prepare the filling.

To make the filling, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium low heat. Add the chocolate chips to the pan and cook, stirring frequently, until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and add the eggs one at a time, stirring well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Add the flour, brown sugar, and salt, and mix to combine. Pour the filling mixture over the cooled crust and spread in an even layer. Sprinkle the reserved crust mixture over the top of the filling. Bake 35-40 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Cool completely before before cutting into bars and serving.

adapted from Your Homebased Mom
These oatmeal fudge bars are so rich and decadent, with the most delicious combination of flavors and textures!

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