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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

 Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars
This is a great recipe to have in your collection. All of the ingredients are common staples so you don't have to run out to the store to enjoy these chocolate chip-packed bars. --Peggy Fleming
24 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar until light and
  • fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Beat in molasses and vanilla. Combine the oats, flour, baking soda
  • and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture until well combined.
  • Stir in chocolate chips and pecans.
  • Spread in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for
  • 28-32 minutes or until golden brown and edges pull away from sides
  • of pan. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.
TEST KITCHEN TIP: Peggy likes to heat these bars in the microwave for 8-10 seconds and eat with a fork. They're great with a glass of milk.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 287 calories, 16 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 139 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.