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Fudgy Oat Brownies

 Fudgy Oat Brownies
These cake-like brownies have a rich crunchy oat crust and a smooth homemade chocolate frosting. A packaged brownie mix makes the recipe easy to prepare. You can make it even easier by using canned frosting.
36 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 package fudge brownie mix (13-inch x 9-inch pan size)
  • FROSTING:
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 2-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons hot water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda
  • and salt. Stir in butter until combined. Press into an ungreased
  • 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 10-11 minutes or
  • until puffed and edges are lightly browned.
  • Meanwhile, prepare brownie mix according to package directions for
  • cake-like brownies. Spread batter over crust. Bake 25-30 minutes
  • longer or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out
  • clean.
  • For frosting, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt butter and chocolate;

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Fudgy Oat Brownies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • stir until smooth. Immediately stir in the confectioners' sugar, 2
  • tablespoons water and vanilla until smooth. Add remaining water;
  • stir until smooth. Immediately spread over brownies. Cool on a wire
  • rack until firm. Cut into bars. Yield: 3 dozen.