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, Lincoln, Nebraska
Chocolate Oat Squares Recipe photo by Taste of Home
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
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
Preheat oven to 350°. In a bowl, beat 1 cup butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Combine 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 milk, chocolate chips, and remaining 2 tablespoons butter and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook and stir over low heat until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat; stir in walnuts and remaining 2 teaspoons vanilla. Spread over crust. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture.
Bake until golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares.