Updated June 2019
This recipe is one of my most requested and popular. I found it online back in 2009 when I was home with an infant and spent all my time walking around trying to keep him happy. Small splurges for me during that time were things like fancy chai lattes or iced teas from Starbucks. I used to also love their oat fudge bars (RIP original recipe) and the lemon loaf, which I still love. I hunted around looking for a copy cat recipe and found this one, but the site I pulled it from is long since gone and I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit so can’t give proper credit to the source anymore.
These oat fudge bars are much drier than the ones currently offered for sale at Starbucks – they’ve updated the recipe few times since 2009 and the current iteration is gooey, messy, and frankly, not as good. So this recipe is like the OG Starbucks Oat Fudge Bars.
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.
3. Press two-thirds (about 3-1/3 cups) of the oat mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 15X10x1-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 2X2 inch inch bars. Makes about 36 bars.
I should also add one last step. HIDE. Because holy hannah these are some yummy bars.