Oatmeal Fudge Bars

If you haven’t noticed already from this, this, this, or this recipe, just to name a few, I am a big fan of oatmeal in any type of recipe.  These Oatmeal Fudge Bars are no exception.  If you’re anything like me then I’ve got a treat for you today.  These bars are like a thick chewy oatmeal cookie filled with a layer of fudge.  I’ll take two please!

Oatmeal Fudge Bars

1 Cup Salted Butter, softened
2 Cups Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
2 and 1/2 Cups Flour
3 Cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
Fudge Layer:
14 Ounces Canned Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 Cups Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
2 Tablespoons Salted Butter
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

In a small mixing bowl whisk together the  flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.  In the bowl of your mixer beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy(about 2 minutes).  Add the eggs one at a time beating for one minute after each egg.  Beat in the vanilla.  Add the dry ingredients.  Mix just until combined.  Stir in the oats.  Set aside 1and1/2 to 2 cups of the mixture.  Spread the remaining oatmeal mixture evenly in a greased 9×13 pan.  Set aside and prepare the fudge layer.  In a medium saucepan add the sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, and butter.  Heat over low heat, stirring continually,  just until the chocolate is melted and the ingredients are combined.  Be sure to watch the chocolate carefully.  Pour the warm fudge mixture into the 9×13 pan over top the oatmeal layer.  Drop small bits of the reserved oatmeal mixture evenly over the fudge layer.  Don’t try to spread it.  Dropping it creates an open lacy pattern allowing the fudge to show through.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the chocolate layer is dull and starting to come away from the sides of the pan.  Cool on the counter for 2 hours and then refrigerate for 1 more hour before cutting.  Store in an airtight container at room temperature or we liked them best refrigerated.  Enjoy!
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