One of the few splurges I still do is Starbucks. There are many days when Kale and I have nothing to do, and so we meander uptown to Starbucks, where I buy myself a drink and oftentimes, a snack. We then meander back home. Since I have started up Chai By Night, I’m feeling somewhat hypocritical in buying a chai from Starbucks, since one of the features and benefits Chai By Night has is the ability to make, like, a gazillion chais (okay, like, eight) for the price of one Starbucks bar drink. So I am trying hard to stop buying chais from Starbucks unless I’m with a friend and going to Starbucks is the social activity. I also have been having a hard time laying down $1.95 for an oat fudge bar, my usual snack of choice, ever since I found a recipe that makes a knockoff Oat Fudge Bar. I posted it to my Facebook page when I found it and had no less than 4 people all make it and tell me how delicious it was, so I thought I would post it here.
Oat Fudge Bars
1 Cup butter or margarine
2 Cups packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. real vanilla
3 Cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
3 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
1 14-ounce can (1-1/4 cups) sweetened condensed milk
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1. Set aside 2 Tbs. the butter. Beat the butter with mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar; beat until well mixed. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another large bowl stir together flour and baking soda; stir in oats. Gradually stir dry mixture into beaten mixture. Set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan combine the 2 Tbs., the sweetened condensed milk, and chocolate . Cook over low heat until chocolate melts, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.
3. Press two-thirds (about 3-1/3 cups) of the oat mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 15Ã—10×1-inch baking pan. Spread chocolate mixture over the oat mixture. Using your fingers, dot remaining oat mixture over the chocolate.
4, Bake in a 350 degree F oven about 25 minutes or until top is lightly browned (chocolate mixture will still look moist). Cool on a wire rack. Cut into 2Ã—2 inch inch bars. Makes about 36 bars.
I should also add one last step. HIDE. Because holy hannah these are some yummy bars.