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Fudge Filled Pecan-Oatmeal Bars recipe

A creamy chocolate fudge filling is layeredbetween a nutty oat crust and crumb topping.

Recipe: Fudge Filled Pecan-OatmealBars

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups quick-cooking oats
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts – divided use
Fudge Filling:1 tablespoon butter
3 1/2 (1-ounce) bars unsweetened baking chocolate, broken intopieces
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • Heat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Beat butter and brown sugar in large bowluntil creamy. Add eggs, vanilla and instant coffee, if desired;beat well.
  • Stir together oats, flour, baking soda,salt and 1 cup pecans; gradually add to butter mixture, beatinguntil well blended. (Batter will be stiff; stir in last partby hand.)
  • Remove 2 cups dough; set aside. Pressremaining dough onto bottom of 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1-inch jellyroll pan.
  • Prepare Fudge Filling: Melt butter inmedium saucepan over low heat. Add chocolate; cook and stir untilsmooth and completely melted. Stirin sugar and sweetened condensed milk. Cook, stirring constantly,until mixture thickens and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.Stir in vanilla.
  • Spread filling over mixture in pan. Sprinklereserved dough over filling. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cuppecans.
  • Bake 25 minutes or until top is golden.(Chocolate will be soft). Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
  • Cut into bars.

    Makes about 4 dozen bars.

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