Friday, January 24, 2014

Recipe: 7 Layer Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

I found this recipe on Pinterest and have tried it a few times...I'm too cheap to go buy dark chocolate morsels, so I may just double the regular ones. :)

These are AMAZING right out of the oven...after they've cooled down for a while, they're not nearly as good, but still worth making and a definite crowd pleaser.

I only got one picture when I made this, in the pre-bake stage, so I get that it looks a little funny. I only did the nuts on one side since I'm not big on nuts and wanted to see if there was a difference. There really wasn't, so it's whatever you prefer to do.

Oatmeal Cookie Crust
1 1/4 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 light brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup canola oil
1 egg
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Layers
1 1/3 cups shredded coconut
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup dark dark chocolate chips 
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk ( I use about 3/4 of the can)
1 cup finely chopped cashews (peanuts are good too)
melted chocolate and butterscotch chips, for drizzling (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 inch pyrex pan.
  2. In a medium size mixing bowl combine the oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, sugar, baking soda, salt, egg, canola oil and vanilla. Using a mixing spoon, mix until a dough forms. The dough will be crumbly, just keep mixing until all the ingredients are combined. Stir in 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup chocolate chips (I say the more, the merrier!). Press the dough into the pyrex pan. Make sure the chocolate does not get clumped into one spot. Place in the oven and bake for five minutes.
  3. Remove from the oven and spread the coconut over the top in an even layer. Next layer the semi-sweet chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and dark chocolate chips. Evenly drizzle the sweetened condensed milk all over the top. Sprinkle on the chopped cashews.
  4. Place back in the oven for 25 minutes or until the top has turned a golden brown color. Remove from the oven and if you have the time (unlike me!) drizzle the bars with melted butterscotch and chocolate chips. 
 
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