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Chocolate Oat Squares

When you bring these treats to a gathering, guests will be tempted to start at the dessert table. Chock-full of chocolate and walnuts, they will satisfy any sweet tooth. I often make a second batch just for my family. -Jennifer Eilts, Central City, Nebraska
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream 1 cup butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Combine the oats, flour, 1 teaspoon salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Press two-thirds of oat mixture into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the milk, chocolate chips, salt and remaining butter. 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° for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 204 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 165mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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