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Fudgey Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • Ingredients for the cookie dough:
  • 2 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 3 cups oats
  • 2 sticks (226g) butter, at room temp
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup milk, I used skim
  • Ingredients for the filling:
  • 14 oz (397g) tin of condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips/chunks

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/350F and grease and line a 13 x 9 inch brownie pan.
  2. Place the flour and bicarb into a medium sized bowl and mix together briefly. Leave to one side.
  3. Place the butter and sugar into a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes on med-high speed.
  4. Add in the eggs, vanilla extract and milk.
  5. Mix until well combined and smooth, about 1 minute on med-high speed.
  6. Add in the flour and mix until combined. Add in the oats and fold in on a low speed until well incorporated and a soft dough forms.
  7. Place the condensed milk, butter, vanilla extract and milk chocolate into a medium sized saucepan and place over a low/med heat. Stir continuously until the everything is melted and combined. The filling will be thick and glossy,
  8. Place 2/3 of the cookie dough into the brownie pan and flatten with a spatula or your hand.
  9. Pour the filling all over the cookie dough base and smooth over with a spatula/wooden spoon.
  10. Place the remaining dough in blobs all over the chocolate filling. It probably won't cover the chocolate filling, but that's fine the dough will spread a bit during cooking.
  11. Place in the oven for 25 mins until very lightly golden and an inserted skewer comes out clean. If the top looks too brown, but the bars aren't cooked through cover with foil for the remaining cooking time.
  12. Leave the bars to cool completely in the tin before trying to remove, if you try and remove them whilst still warm they will fall apart. (They'll still taste good though...)
  13. Once completely cool, remove from pan and slice into 24 bars. Bars will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Table For Two Blog - http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/2013/04/11/oatmeal-chocolate-cookie-bars/