Oatmeal Fudge Bars

Whenever I bake anything with oatmeal, I convince myself that I’m being healthy.
I mean, these bars sound healthy… Until you mention the fudge part. But then again, I’m not really about being healthy when I bake. Actually, I’m probably the complete opposite – the more chocolate, butter, and sugar the better. Today someone at work commented on how they’re on a diet so they never eat anything I bring in, and that I should make something with fruit… And while I do love fruit, baking with it isn’t exactly my style. So unfortunately for them, I’ll be continuing my sugar loaded baking adventures.
Anyway, back to the actual recipe.
Seriously though, these oatmeal fudge bars are delicious – there’s a layer of fudge sandwiched between layers of soft oatmeal. While they’re bit of a mission to eat without getting crumbs all over the place or yourself, these are totally worth it and your tastebuds will be thanking you!

Oatmeal Fudge Bars

Here’s how to make them:

Ingredients:

For the oatmeal layers:

1 cup butter (I used salted)
2 eggs
2 cups of brown sugar
1/3 cup milk
2 tsp of vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp of salt
3 cups oatmeal

For the fudge layer:

1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup butter
1 tsp of vanilla
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In your mixer, combine the butter, eggs, and brown sugar for the oatmeal layer. Once that’s all mixer together, you can add in all the dry ingredients and mix that all together.
In a greased 13×9 pan, add in 3/4 of the oatmeal mixture. Just gauge by how it looks – it doesn’t have to be perfect!
In a saucepan set to low/medium, melt together the butter, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and chocolate chips. Then pour this over the oatmeal in the pan. Mine was a little thick because I started it too early, so I used a spatula to try and spread it a little more evenly.
Spoon the rest of the oatmeal on top of the fudge – it probably won’t cover the whole top, which is okay!
Bake for about 25 minutes.
At around the 20 minute mark, check to make sure the top isn’t going to overcook. If it looks like it’s done, you can put some foil on top to prevent it from burning while the rest still bakes.

This recipe is so easy, and it tastes amazing.
I brought some of it into work, and people were complimenting me on it all day! Bring a plate of these in, and you’ll be employee of the month in no time!

Recipe adapted from Living Beyond Measure

S’mores Blondies

Even though it doesn’t feel like in here in Ontario, it’s summer.
And for a girl who spent every summer when she was younger camping, summer means only one thing.
Bugs. Lot’s and lots of bugs.
Okay, I guess it means more than one thing.
More importantly, it means…
S’mores.
So when I first saw this recipe, I just had to try it. Because, alas, I do not have a campfire conveniently located in my house. Which is very unfortunate. So s’mores blondies will have to suffice.
The odd thing about this recipe is this:
I actually didn’t really like them.
But – everyone at work absolutely loved them.
So I’m going to give you two versions of this recipe – the one that I made, and the one that in my opinion I think would have been better.

Here’s what they ended up looking like:

S'mores Blondies

And here’s how you can make the version that I made:

Ingredients

9 graham crackers
1/4 cup melted butter (I used salted)
2 2/3 cups of all purpose flour
2 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of salt
2 cups of packed light brown sugar
1 cup of softened butter (again, I used salted)
2 eggs
1 tbsp of vanilla
1 1/4 cups of mini marshmallows
1/2 cups of chopped pieces of a milk chocolate bar (whichever brand you prefer)
2 milk chocolate bars, broken into pieces
Optional: milk chocolate chips

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Crush your graham crackers – I found it easy to do by putting them into a plastic freezer bag and by rolling a rolling pin over them repeatedly. Once crushed, mix them in with the 1/4 cup of melted butter to make the bottom crust. Press this evenly onto the bottom of a 9×13 pan, it will be a pretty thin layer. If it’s not sticking together very well, add in a little more melted butter.
In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.
In a large bowl (because there is where you will mix everything together in), beat the butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla. Once combined, add in the flour mixture from the medium bowl.
After all that is together, add in the 1/2 cup of chopped chocolate bar, and 3/4 cup of mini marshmallows (at this point, I added some chocolate chips, because why not?). The dough will be pretty thick so I did this by hand instead of with the mixer.
Spread this evenly onto your graham cracker crust, then place the remaining marshmallows and 2 bars worth of chocolate pieces on top.
Bake this for 25-30 minutes.

S'mores Blondies

Personally, I felt like that version of the recipe had way too much dough, not enough flavour, and not enough graham crackers.
Here’s a different version that’s just a little different!

Ingredients:

18 crushed graham crackers (you could also use the already crushed crackers, I’m just not completely sure how much you would need)
1/2 cup of melted butter (I used salted)
1 1/3 cup of all purpose flour
1 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of salt
1 cups of packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup of softened butter (again, I used salted)
1 egg
1/2 tbsp of vanilla
1 cup of mini marshmallows
1 cup of milk chocolate chips
2 milk chocolate bars, broken into pieces

I didn’t really make any drastic changes, just halved the dough, and upped the chocolate and crust.
The instructions are pretty much the same, just sub in the chocolate chips for the chopped chocolate bar, and do half the marshmallows in the dough, and half on top.

Whichever version you use, this is still a tasty treat for those of you who don’t have a campfire handy!

Recipe adapted from What’s cooking, love?