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Oatmeal Brownie Bars

Lynette Rens of Maynard, Minnesota sent us these over-the-top brownie bars. They were chocolatey and delicious, and our tasting panel absolutely loved them!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup fat-free milk
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 5 tablespoons butter, cubed

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, oats, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Beat in walnuts.
  • Spread batter into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 18-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • For frosting, in a small saucepan, combine sugar and milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 30-60 seconds or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat; stir in chocolate chips and butter until smooth. Immediately spread over bars. Let stand until frosting is set. Cut into squares.

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