Chocolate Oat Squares Recipe
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Chocolate Oat Squares Recipe

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When you bring these treats to a gathering, guests will be tempted to start at the dessert table. Chock-full of chocolate and walnuts, they will satisfy any sweet tooth. I often make a second batch just for my family. -Jennifer Eilts, Central City, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 204 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 165mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, cream 1 cup butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Combine the oats, flour, 1 teaspoon salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Press two-thirds of oat mixture into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the milk, chocolate chips, salt and remaining butter. Cook and stir over low heat until chocolate is melted. Remove from the heat; stir in walnuts and remaining vanilla. Spread over the crust. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture.
  3. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Oat Squares in Taste of Home October/November 2000, p33

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DDPLoeches 225549
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2015

"These were good! I made them without nuts to keep a boy happy, but I think I would have liked them more WITH nuts. I'll do an adult version with nuts sometime."

tammycookblogsbooks 219872
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2015

"Oatmeal in any form is comfort food to me. Being in a dessert makes it all the better. These bars are so good. The oatmeal layers are chewy. The chocolate filling in the middle is yummy. I made 1/2 of a batch and they turned out great."

SusanneM 74878
Reviewed May. 31, 2014

"These are wonderful! Made exactly as posted--wouldn't change a thing. Thanks so much for sharing."

uut4690 72434
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2013

"Very tasty. Shared with a large group and they loved them."

debleblanc 32297
Reviewed May. 29, 2013

"These are an awesome little treat. When I got the crust in the pan I didn't have enough to completly cover the chocolate layer so I dropped dollops over the chocolate. Turned out great."

jseastedt 72419
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2013

"These squares are excellent! I have baked them many times and receive compliments each time I take them somewhere. They travel well and freeze well. They are quite dense and can be cut in small squares to serve many. The only change I have made is that I sometimes use pecans in place of walnuts as they are a favorite of mine."

maan 72417
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2011

"I've made these over and over again. My family and friends love these. Thanks for the recipe."

lcrooms 81557
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2010

"sorry, I forgot to add my rating :-)"

lcrooms 81692
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2010

"My kids have loved this recipie since I first made it many years ago. They request that I make these bars every year at Christmas. I love them too. At my home we leave out the Walnuts because when I first made this recipie probably 7 or 8 years ago I wasn't sure if my kids would like the nuts in. So we have never had them with the nuts."

PatWTS 28677
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2009

"I have made these squares many times and everyones loves them. They are easy and delicious."

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