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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 large 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 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 15x10x1-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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 204 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 165mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Jamie
    Dec 6, 2020

    Left out the nuts, but these were still delicious. I was worried that the middle wouldn't bake all the way through because these were so thick, but they turned out fine. Crunchy and chewy, with that delicious chocolate layer. Yum! I may experiment with making these in two pans to spread them out more so that they're thinner because as they are now they're quite a mouthful.

  • Kristina
    Jul 3, 2019

    Really good! Easy to make and delicious.

  • DDPLoeches
    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
    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
    May 31, 2014

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

  • uut4690
    Sep 4, 2013

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

  • debleblanc
    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
    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
    Apr 27, 2011

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

  • lcrooms
    Dec 19, 2010

    sorry, I forgot to add my rating :-)