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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 36 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Dash salt
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • CHOCOLATE FILLING:
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Nutritional Facts

259 calories: 1 each, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 66mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein .

Directions

  1. In a bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour, soda, salt and oats; stir into creamed mixture; set aside. For filling, combine chips, milk and butter in a saucepan. Melt over low heat, stirring until smooth. Cool slightly. Stir in walnuts and extract. Press two-thirds of oatmeal mixture into bottom of a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Cover with filling and sprinkle remaining oatmeal mixture on top. Flatten slightly. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Dreamy Fudge Bar Cookies in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p55


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