Chocolate Oatmeal Almost-Candy Bars

Yep, it’s another recipe with oatmeal 🙂  It took me no time at all to know I was going to make these cookie bars after seeing them made recently by the members of Tuesdays With Dorie.  Dorie’s cookbook is one of my favorites because her recipes never disappoint.  Another thing I love about her is all the wonderful ways she uses honey roasted peanuts.  They are one of our favorite ingredients in desserts, and Dorie does them proud.  They were phenomenal in the chocolate peanut butter torte and brilliant in the caramel peanut-topped brownie cake.  And now, here they are again in a wonderful oatmeal bar cookie.

The name is fitting because these definitely reminded me of a candy bar.  Because the chunks of the top cookie layer are spread out, I felt like some bites were more chocolate-oatmeal cookie, and some tasted just like Snickers.  I cut them into 24 bars this time around, but because they are so thick I will cut them smaller next time.

Chocolate Oatmeal Almost-Candy Bars
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For the oatmeal layer:
2½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups light brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup salted honey roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped

For the chocolate layer:
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
¼ tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
¾ cup salted honey roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped

Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Line the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with parchment paper.   Grease the sides of the pan with butter.

To make the oatmeal cookie layer, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl.  Whisk to blend.  In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter on medium-high speed until it is soft and creamy, about 1 minute.  Add the brown sugar and beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Mix in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.  Blend in the vanilla.  With the mixer on low speed, mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated.  Mix in the oats and peanuts with a rubber spatula until evenly combined.

Reserve 1½ cups of the mixture.  Place the remaining dough in the prepared pan and press over the bottom of the pan in an even layer.

To make the chocolate layer, combine the condensed milk, chocolate chips, butter and salt in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.  Stir occasionally until the mixture is warm and the chocolate chips and butter are melted.  Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and peanuts.

Pour the warm chocolate mixture over the oatmeal cookie layer and spread evenly with an offset spatula.  Crumble the remaining oatmeal cookie mixture and scatter evenly over the top of the chocolate.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the topping is golden brown and the chocolate layer is starting to pull away from the sides of the pan.  Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool completely.  Cut into bars as desired and serve.

Source: adapted from Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

32 Responses

  1. Oh, these look so good 🙂 They remind me of a recipe my mother makes & oh my I could eat a dozen of them. So good. Plus, a candy like cookie is beyond delicious.

  2. These bars are SO good. Everyone in my office goes wild whenever I bring them in. I agree with Annie that they are very rich. Definitely cut them into small pieces – you can feed a crowd.

  3. Yum! I make something almost like this except with no peanuts and instead sprinkled over (pretty much covering) the chocolate layer are chopped pecans! A great recipe from a friend – she called them: Hip Padder Bars – and yeah, that’s an appropriate name! 🙂

  4. I completely agree about Dorie’s recipes – I’ve loved every one I tried. Sounds like there’s another one I’ll need to try asap 🙂

  5. Yes! I’ve made these before only without the peanuts! They are sweet and SO yummy! They were a huge hit in my home!

  6. I can’t believe how good these look!! And Dorie is awesome, her cookbook is priceless.

  7. with this oatmeal it must be so tasty!

  8. These look amazing! Such a pretty picture.

  9. These look absolutely delicious! I think I’ll have to try them tonight. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  10. Oh I’ve had these. They are sinfully delicious!! I am not allowed to make them unless we have at least 12 people over to share with us, otherwise I’ll polish off the whole pan 🙂

  11. It’s amazing how I just made these the other day using the exact same recipe! And when I come back to check on your blog— tada! 🙂 The same thing! Although I do call them Revel Bars though. I find it a lot nicer than calling it chocolate oatmeal bars, which can sometimes be a mouthful for something that’s sooooo good. I love them when they come out really chewy! It can get really complicated at times though, since there’s a fine line between having chewy bars and having the chocolate layer TOO soft. But wow! Again, your pictures are amaaaaaaaaaazing.

  12. LOL, i just eat some today. They also go by the name Chocolate Filled Oatmeal Bars. My recipe does not have nuts in them though.

    One of my favorite bars. And yes, you can double the chocolate on top 🙂

  13. Dorie Greenspan is a warranty, everytime I’ve tryed one of her recipes they turned out to be fantastic, they work everytime. I like this bar, looks good and I’m sure it is even the palate 😀
    Ciao, Barbara

  14. Those look and sound lovely. I can see just why you had to make them. Wish I could taste a piece right now 🙂

  15. Hi Annie! I just wanted to say, I’ve been reading your site for a little while now & everything looks absolutely amazing! I finally tried the fruit tart with a vanilla pastry cream and it was incredibly rich and delicious. Now I’m going to make this recipe tonight. Can’t wait–I love bar cookies! Thanks so much for such a well-done, beautiful food blog.

  16. I must make these – they have all of my favorite things in them!

  17. these look absolutely AMAZING! my mom makes a very similar bar, except they never seem to turn out quite as *aesthetically pleasing* as yours. you are so talented at making everything look delicious and simple! i’ve been a not-so-secret reader for quite sometime and felt that it was definitely time to show the love. keep up the fabulous work. can’t wait to see what you think of next!

  18. Yum!!! Those look so delicious. It reminds me of the oat chocolate bars from Starbucks!

  19. I saw this post yesterday & had to make these confectionary delights the same day!! They are delicious!!! Thanks for sharing!

  20. These were one of my favorite things you ever made, by far.


  21. I’ve had a recipe for these bars and have been making them for years (minus the peanuts) and everyone RAVES about them! I’m actually scared to make them because I know I will eat almost the entire pan! They are so good!

  22. I agree with Alicia, they look identical to the Starbucks ones.. but no doubt these are immensely more delicious.

  23. I made these the other day and I have to say they were a little dry for my taste. They weren’t overcooked at all, they just had a lot of dry ingredients (the peanuts & oats) for my taste. They almost had a trail mix + chocolate fudge feel to me. Is that how they turn out for you?

    • Hi Lesley,
      No, mine definitely weren’t dry or crumbly, just more like a chewy oatmeal cookie with a yummy chocolate layer.

  24. Made these this weekend…insanity!!!!!

    I am in a serious situation with these bars, they are haunting my thoughts!

    I am new to your blog and love it! This is the first recipe I’ve tried, but tomorrow night I am making the Seafood Gratin for my book club. Fingers crossed it turns out delish!

  25. Oh wow these were delicious! I love anything mixed with chocolate! I found the best reciepe for chocolate martini’s this weekend that I thought I would share :

    It’s a video showing you how to mix up the perfect chocolate martini with 360 Vodka’s Double Chocolate 😉

  26. Oh these are sooo good! I made them for a dinner party I attended, and saved some for my hubby and I … He ate about 4 in one sitting! I could not keep him away from them, haha!

  27. I love these! I have made them before, but we call them hip padders!

  28. I agree about Dorie, her recipes never disappoint. I’ve yet to try these, they look delicious!

  29. wow…delicious

  30. These were so so good. I cut them into little squares and they were loved everywhere we took them!! I think they’ll end up in my Christmas cookie plates!

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