Oatmeal Fudge Bars

Chocolate Oat Bars ~ Annie's Cooking Lab

I know, two desserts with chocolate in a row. Don’t worry- the next dessert will have lemon!

But first, these chocolate oat bars. Super simple, super tasty, and you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen already. These bars have a rich layer of chocolate fudge sandwiched between two chewy oatmeal crumb layers. While the bars are perfectly delicious just like this, I think they would also be great with some walnuts or pecans added to the chocolate fudge layer.

As written, the recipe fits in a 8 x 8 pan, but you can easily double the ingredients to make a larger batch (which I highly recommend because these are amazing and you’ll wish you had more!)

Chocolate Oat Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick-cook oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 8 tbl. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tsp. instant espresso or instant coffee
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 2 tbl. unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a 8 x 8 inch pan with foil and butter the foil.
  2. Stir together the oats, brown sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the melted butter and stir until combined. Reserve 3/4 cup of the oat mixture for the topping, press the rest of the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake the crust for about 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes while you prepare the chocolate layer.
  3. Whisk together the flour, sugar, instant espresso, and salt. Melt the chocolate and butter over a double boiler or in the microwave. Let the melted chocolate cool for several minutes, then whisk in the egg. Add the flour mixture and stir until combined.
  4. Spread the chocolate mixture over the crust, then crumble the remaining oat mixture over the top. Bake until the top layer of oatmeal is light golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with only a few crumbs. Remove the bars from the oven and allow to cool completely before cutting.
Source: America’s Test Kitchen
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