CookieLove: Oatmeal Fudge Bars

So you may be saying, “wait these are bars, not a cookie!”  Oh but wait, not so fast my friends! A delicious oatmeal cookie holding on tightly to a beautiful bed of silky chocolate, topped with more cookie….OH MY HEAVENS!!!

I may not be a chocolate lover, but there are some chocolate treats that keep me coming back for more.  The cookie portion of the bar, compliments the chocolate portion perfectly!

My mom loves baking cookies for the holidays.  There have been years where she has made 40 different kinds of cookies, candies, and bars.  She shares them with friends, family, and people in the neighborhood.  A plate of cookies is a perfect Christmas present in my book, a treat from the heart!

From those 40 different cookies, there are about four or five kinds that I adore.  I eat all the cookies, but my favorite get devoured faster.  I love love Oatmeal Fudge Bars, and Kissmas Cookies.  I will be sharing the Kissmas cookies next Monday.

The bars are really fun, and easy to assemble.  The only thing I changed from my Mom’s recipe is I melted the butter, I am WAY to impatient to wait for it to become soft….

Yields 20

Oatmeal Fudge Bars

Chewy cookie sitting below a rich chocolate layer, then more cookie on top, happiness in every bite! This is a recipe that could easily become vegan or gluten free!

20 minsPrep Time

25 minsCook Time

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2 1/2 cups flour, sifted
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
3 cups quick oats
2 tsp vanilla
12 oz chocolate chips
1 can (12oz) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla (for melted chocolate layer)
1 cup of chopped nuts (this recipe uses walnuts)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Grease 9x13 pan.

In small bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

In medium bowl, cream butter and sugar together with hand mixer, add egg and beat until light and fluffy.

Stir in oats, vanilla, and then add in flour mixture. Reserve one cup of dough, press remaining dough in bottom of greased pan.

In double boiler, on medium heat, melt together chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, salt, vanilla, and chopped nuts. Once the mixture is melted, spread evenly over dough in pan.

Take clumps of reserved dough, and spread out in clumps over top of bar.

Bake for about 25-30 minutes. Let cool before cutting the bars.


I cut the bars while still warm, they do not come apart as easily. Let cool for two to three hours. Depending on size you cut, the serving portion could be 16-20 bars.


December is #cookielove month!

Please join in on the #cookielove fun by linking up any cookie recipe from the month of December 2011. Don’t forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #cookielove event! The twitter hashtag is #cookielove 🙂

Here are the hosts of this fun event!!! Giving a little CookieLove:-)

Badger Girl Learns to CookBaking and Cooking: A Tale of Two LovesBigFatBakerBloc de RecetasBon a Croquer,  CafeTerraBlog,  Cake DuchessCreative Cooking CornerEasily Good EatsGeorgie CakesHobby and MoreKnitstamaticMike’s BakingMis PensamientosNo One Likes Crumbley CookiesOh CakeQueen’s NotebookSavoring Every BiteSimply Reem Soni’s Food For ThoughtTeaspoon of SpiceThat Skinny Chick Can BakeThe Art of Cooking Real FoodThe Spicy RD The Wimpy VegetarianVegetarian Tastebuds, Vegan Yack Attack.

What is your favorite cookie, bar, or candy during the holiday season?

Until next time, Come on in, Have a seat,

Hugs, Terra

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  • Wow - god love your mom with the 40 kinds of cookies! Well, these look soooo yummy and in my book bars are cookies (I call them bar cookies!) Great to share #cookielove with you.
    • I know, I always had to control myself, it was so easy to splurge on the delicious cookies:-) LOL! It was fun baking with you too! Take care, Terra
  • lovely!!:) They look really good and tempting...I am guessing your holiday festive season is really happening :p
    • Thank you so much! They are more like addicting, LOL! Take care, Terra
  • oh wow....seriously, I need to try these. Like TONIGHT! They look amazinnnngggg
    • You will be trying them very soon, wink..wink... Love and Hugs, Terra
  • Not a chocolate lover? How is that possible? these bars look great, cant wait for your kissmas cookies post :)
  • These are really wonderful fudge bars..perfect to celebrate the festive season.
  • Oh wow, these look amazing! Like you I am not a chocolate lover in way many are, but this looks perfect. Great recipe!
  • Oh, these are right up my alley!!! Love the combination of chocolate and oatmeal...and nice to have a bar instead of a much easier to whip up :)  So glad we could co-host this blog hop together! xo
  • wow these look amazing love the different textures
  • I always love oatmeal recipes because I can pretend they're healthy! These bars look quite tasty!
  • These look so amazing. Cookie with chocolate and more cookie on top?! What's NOT to love? :) My mom would absolutely die for one of these, she loves oatmeal cookies. Thank you for sharing! Happy to co-host with you for #cookielove!
  • I am officially volunteering to be your gluten-free taste tester for these bars!  These look amazing Terra!  I love that your mom is such a cookie baker :-) Growing up, we made a few cookies for the holidays, but my mom's specialty was baking bread.  Luckily our next door neighbor made big batches of cookies for all the neighbors.  I can't tell you how much I looked forward to those cookies.  I will report back to you after I make a gluten-free version of your bars!
  • terra, these cookie bars look DECADENT. I WANT TO EAT ONE!!! i would love to make these vegan and gf! 
    • Honestly I really feel it would be easy to make these vegan and gluten free!  Such a fun versatile recipe, that is packed full of flavor:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Hi Tera, I'm getting dizzy looking at all the delectable treats on your blog here. I can't wait for the holidays--I'm planning to try the oatmeal chocolate bars because they look so sinful! Cheers, Alaiyo
    • Thank you so much!!! If you try the bars let me know:-)  I seriously adore these bars:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Aaawwww I want some of these right now!!!! sigh!!!  They look divine!!!
    • Thank you so much!!! The bars are truly delicious:-)  I love when my Mom makes them for me too:-)  Hugs, Terra
  • Georgie
    Hi Terra, Oh my goodness, these are incredibly delicious looking. I'm kinda drooling just looking at them.
    • LOL! Thank you so much Georgie:-)  I may be a bit addicted to these bars...shhhhh don't tell:-)  Hugs, Terra
  • Becky
    Terra, I think that cookie bars are cookies, too, especially Oatmeal Fudge Bars and Cranberry Bars with dark chocolate;0 Your Oatmeal Bars are amazing with all of the fudgey chocolate, Yum!  #Lots of #cookie love, and nice to be co-hosting with you!
    • Thank you so much Becky!! I had fun co-hosting with you too:-)  I love love this cookielove blog hop:-)  I am going to be making more just because I can! Hugs, Terra
  • Baker Street
    Yummmo, yum! these look so fudgy and delicious. :)
    • Thank you so much! They truly are addictive:-) Hugs, Terra
  • This looks so decadent! I'm coming over right now, Terra!
    • You are welcome anytime my friend! We could make some, and enjoy them with a cup of coffee or tea:-) Hugs, Terra
  • A treat I will most definitely make! These fudge bars look delicious! Thanks for the recipe :)
    • Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy:-) Hugs, Terra
  • I adore this kind of bar.  I haven't made them in ages...but I have all of the ingredients.  I bet my kids would love an oatmeal fudge fix this weekend!
    • If you get a chance to make the oatmeal fudge bars, let me know!  I would love to know how you enjoy them:-) I adore them for sure:-) Hugs, Terra
  • love these fudgy bars! anything with oatmeal and chocolate chips is good enough for me!
    • Thank you so much!! I agree, oatmeal and chocolate are like a perfect happy combination:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Cindi Moomettes
    Those look so decadent!  Chocolate's a fave in our house - visiting from the blog hop! ~ @ Frugal New England Kitchen
    • Thank you so much for stopping by! They are decadent and addictive, LOL:-) Hugs, Terra
  • oh man! These sound amazing! Would be great given in a pretty tin! Thank you for the recipe Terra!