Deep Dish Oatmeal Chocolate Cookie Bars

If you love fudge… and if you love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies… you’re going to LOVE this recipe!  I’m really sad to say I didn’t come up with and sadly it wasn’t even passed down from anyone in my family.  I found it on Pinterest and it’s probably one of the BEST recipes I’ve ever made from there.  Kudos to whomever came up with this recipe – it’s amazing! Not one bit of this recipe is healthy or Paleo, but I’m a firm believer that every now and then your body needs a little something ‘unhealthy’.  🙂

When my boyfriend, Omar was doing his preceptorship for nursing school, I made these for the nurses and doctors he was working with one weekend for their weekly family meal at the hospital.  They loved them so much, they asked him to ask me if I would make them again the very next week!  I’m not gonna lie, it made my heart so happy! Sometimes cooking for complete strangers can be a little nerve racking…honestly, it makes me super anxious.  You don’t know what they like or what they don’t like.  It’s a big gamble. Thankfully, they were a hit!  After Omar’s precept was over, we were invited to have Easter lunch with the crew he worked with.  As soon as I met them, they felt like family!  They hugged me and talked to me like they’ve known me for years! One of my favorite things about cooking and food in general is it has a beautiful way of bringing people together… Even people you just met!

Go break some bread with somebody!  It’ll make you smile!

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Deep Dish Oatmeal Chocolate Cookie Bars 

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 3 cups oatmeal

Directions: 

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Beat the butter, eggs and brown sugar together in a mixer.  Add vanilla and milk.  Slowly incorporate the rest of the dry ingredients.  Mix well… The mixture will be very thick.

3.  In a saucepan over medium heat melt together:

  • 1 can eagle’s brand sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (typically one bag)

4.  Spread 3/4 of the cookie mixture on the bottom of a greased 13×9 pan.  Pour the chocolate mixture on top of cookie mixture, then spread rest of cookie mixture on top in spoonfuls (it won’t cover completely, but will leave cool designs). The top can tend to get done before it’s completely cooked, so you can put aluminum foil over it for the last ten minutes or so if it looks like it’s browning too much.

5.  Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Let it cool COMPLETELY, otherwise it won’t set up and will just run when you cut into it.

Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

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