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Chocolate Oat Squares

 Chocolate Oat Squares
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
48 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire
  • rack. Cut into squares. Yield: 4 dozen.

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