Oatmeal Fudge Bars

What a delicious combination--a bar cookie with oatmeal cookie dough layered with a nut filled chocolate fudge.  fudge + cookies = yum!
Bar cookies are one of my favorites.  I usually don't have much patience to mix and chill and roll and cut out and frost elaborate cookies.  Maybe a few times a year, but for an everyday cookie I love bar cookies!

Oatmeal Fudge Bars
Oatmeal cookie layer:
1 cup softened butter
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cup quick oats

Fudge filling:
1 (14 ounce can) sweetened condensed milk
2 cups (12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts

Prepare a 9x13" baking pan by spraying with a no stick cooking spray.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Mix the oatmeal cookie ingredients together for batter (cream butter and sugar, add eggs and mix well, combine the remaining ingredients and mix well).  Set aside.

In a separate bowl, melt the first three fudge filling ingredients together in a microwave and stir to combine.  Add the vanilla and chopped nuts.  Set aside.

Spread 2/3 of the oatmeal cookie batter into the bottom of the pan.
Pour on the chocolate fudge filling and spread to cover.
Spoon the remaining batter on top of the filling and spread (or drop by spoon fulls across the top).
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes (or until it's lightly browned).

Tiffany's Notes: This recipe isn't in the family cookbook, but it should be!  I've made it several times over the years.  It's from a church cookbook that my mother gave me a few years ago.  It does have a couple of steps, but it comes together fairly quickly.

I used chopped almonds in this, but you certainly could use pecans or walnuts.  The fudge filling is almost exactly like one of my favorite fudge recipes so it's good by itself, but it's also great paired with this oatmeal cookie dough.

For me, this took a bit longer than 25 minutes to bake--maybe up to 5 minutes more.  Just keep a close eye on it.  You certainly want it cooked through, but not overdone.  I cut it into small squares because they are quite rich cookies!  They freeze well--so you can get out a few at a time as needed or save them to pack in sack lunches.

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