Friday, January 25, 2008

Chocolate Oat Squares.

Isn't that a thrilling name? If they were just "oat squares", I'd never even look twice at them. But they're really yummy - delicious, buttery oat squares, filled with a creamy chocolate goop.

1 cup + 2 tbsp butter, divided
2 cups brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
4 tsp vanilla extract, divided
3 cups quick cooking oats (THIS DOES NOT MEAN INSTANT OATS. YOU CANNOT COOK WITH THOSE.)
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp salt, divided
1 tsp baking soda
1 can sweetened condensed milk (the 14 oz size can, in case you live on the moon or something and they come in other sizes)
2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips

Grease a 15x10 inch baking pan. Upon looking at that instruction, I realize that I have never actually seen a pan that size, so I use my regular rectangular pan. Ahem.

In a mixing bowl, cream one cup of butter and the brown sugar. Beat in the eggs and two teaspoons of vanilla. In another bowl, mix together the oats, flour, 1 tsp salt and baking soda and then mix into the creamed mixture.

Press two thirds of the oat mixture into your prepared pan. In a saucepan, combine the milk, chocolate chips, the 1/2 tsp of salt and the 2 tbsp of butter. Cook and stir over LOW heat until the chocolate chips are melted. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla. Spread over the crust, gently.

Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until nicely browned. Cool adn cut into squares. This makes about 4 dozen tasty little squares, which is handy if you're going to a potluck or something and WAY too much if you're not. I've been known to halve this recipe and make it in an 8" square pan. Your call.

4 comments:

JMC said...

Too much? Those don't sound like something there could POSSIBLY be too much of. Never enough, more like it. I'll definitely try these!

Guinevere Meadow said...

Those of us who live on the moon thank you for the specification. *grin*

shay said...

I found out something nifty about Choc chip oat cookies yesterday. You can make them into squares too...cool eh?! They're way yummier that way. I think I may try yours too cuz the chocolate sounds too good to pass up!

Alice B said...

Do you know something that's odd, Beck? In the States they have 14 oz cans of sweetened condensed milk, whereas we have 300 ml cans of sweetened condensed milk, which work out to just over 10 oz. But I've never noticed any problems with American recipes when cooking with Canadian cans. Thought you might find that interesting. Yes, I'm curaaaazy!

cheers,
Alice