Monday, February 28, 2011

Oat Fudge Bars

Oat Fudge Bars are one of my guiltiest pleasures.
When I worked at Starbucks, a lot of oat fudge bars would accidentally touch the counter, or my hand, or my mouth, when I was getting them for a customer, making them unsellable and fair game for me to eat. They were also one of the only items I wasn't allergic to, and somehow this helped to justify my deliberate clumsiness. (Along with my countless other moral shortcomings).

Like fudge, they're one of the items I hesitate to make and keep at home. As my coworkers witnessed with a box of donuts last week, when my willpower breaks, it isn't pretty. But the other day I was being set up on a blind date, and figured if it really sucked, at very least I could come home to a tray of my beloved oat fudge bars.

They're so amazing with a maple latte, too. Actually, they'd probably be good with maple mixed into the the oat layer. My weekend project, perhaps?

Oat Fudge Bars
adapted from Company's Coming

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of Salt

2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions
1. Preheat over to 350F.
2. Cream first amount of butter and brown sugar together in a large bowl. Beat in egg and first amount of vanilla. 
3. Combine next four ingredients in a bowl. Add to butter mixture. Gently pat 2/3 of oat mixture in greased 9 x 9 inch pan.
4. Heat and stir remaining 4 ingredients in small saucepan until chocolate chips are melted. Do not overheat. Remove from the heat.
5. Spread over oat mixture, and drop remaining rolled oat mixture in small spoonfuls over top.
6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.


12 comments:

  1. I'd have zero willpower around these! Yummy!

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  2. You worked at Starbucks? I'm so jealous! I think it would be so fun to be a barista. I think that EVERY Time I go to buy a cup of coffee. I with there were job programs where you could just try out a job for a week - I would so totally be a barista for a week. I'd make all sorts of fun concoctions.

    Anyways, these bars look delicious. I take it the date went well? ;]

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  3. Those look great. I baked some hazelnut-chocolate chip cookies the other night and they were really good (other than the fact that I overcooked them...). If you're not allergic to hazelnuts, try adapting your favourite choc-chip cookie recipe to include about 2 cups of toasted hazelnuts (skin them too) to 1 cup butter and all the other usual cookie ingredients. The recipe is from a book which I would not recommend, other than for the name and the pictures: "Sticky, chewy, messy, gooey". So far EVERY recipe I have tried from that book does not work the first time, and adjustments always have to be made... it looks like such an awesome book... and then disappointment. The ideas are good... (chocolate and caramel dipped homemade marshmallows... but the execution never works, like the caramel never actually sets to allow the chocolate to coat it). Anyway, hazelnuts in cookies - delicious.
    Angela

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  4. mouth literally watering. thank you for posting.

    -HB

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  5. Oh my gosh, I want one of these so bad! I bet they would be ridiculously good with maple, yes please!

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  6. I love the oat bars from Starbucks! I must make these so I can eat them all the time

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  7. Love the oat fudge bar- thanks for reminding me that I should make some soon! I worked at Starbucks too! And a fair number of pastries had to be "sampled".

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  8. You are too cute. I used to do the same thing with some of my favorite treats at Panera. We had quite a few "broken" cookies that I just had to eat. These look delicious, and I'm sure they taste even better. Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a great Friday...I'm ready for the weekend to be here!

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  9. I've had the starbucks version and immediately said I'd have to make them for myself, these look great!

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  10. I made these tonight. SOOO good. I've eaten way too much! Next time I want to try using half butterscotch chips and half choc....I think it would be yummy that way too.

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