Sunday, March 22, 2009

Chocolate Oat Squares

This has been on my list of recipes to try for a long time now. It is officially one of my personal favorites! I retrieved it from one of my favorite crafty websites

Chocolate Oat Squares

1 c. plus 2 tbsp. butter or margarine, softened, divided
2 c. packed brown sugar
2 eggs
4 tsp. vanilla extract, divided
3 c. quick oats
2 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt, divided
1 tsp. baking soda
1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
2 c. semi sweet chocolate chips
1 c. chopped walnuts

Cream 1 c. butter and brown sugar. Beat in eggs and 2 tsp. vanilla. Combine the oats, flour, 1 teaspoon salt and baking soda in a separate bowl; stir into creamed mixture. Press 2/3 of oat mixture into a greased 9" x 13" pan.

In a saucepan combine milk, chocolate chips and remaining butter and salt. 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 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool. Cut into squares.

Yield: 4 dozen.