Recipe: Heart attack bars

These cookie bars will probably hasten your death. Everyone at the July 4th party I attended has lost days from their lifespan now, at least.

Source: My gramma. She clipped it from a magazine but I don’t know what or when. Among Gramma and Brad and me, we’ve changed it up anyway. She served them when we swung by to visit her and my aunt on the way back from our trip.  And they were appreciated.

Notes: Gramma says she does this with dried fruit instead of chocolate chips, usually. I don’t think I’d like that as much, but maybe really good dried mandarin oranges would be good.  The procedure is pretty standard.

Batter ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups brown sugar (scant)
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour (very scant if using WW)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
3 cups quick oats
1 tsp vanilla (more if not using superdeeduper vanilla)

Filling ingredients:
1 12-oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (not crappy ones, okay?)
1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk*
2 Tb butter
1/2 tsp salt

(1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
(2) You’ll do the batter first. Here we go. Cream butter and sugar
(3) Add eggs & vanilla
(4) Stir in flour, salt, soda
(5) Stir in oats
(6) Press 2/3 of this mixture into pan.
(7) Sprinkle most of the chocolate chips on. Save the rest of the bag to eat late at night while working or blogging.
(8) Time for the filling. Just combine all the ingredients willy-nilly and mix ’em up.
(9) Pour filling over batter.
(10) Crumble remaining batter over filling.
(11) Bake 25-30 minutes. It’ll look really gooey when you take it out. As it cools, it gets a little less gooey, but doesn’t lose the property altogether. They’re very good chilled but also good at room temp.

*If you’ve got no cans of condensed milk but do have some instant powdered milk, you can approximate it pretty well. It makes the finished product here less gooey and allows you to decrease the sweetness a tad. I also leave out the extra butter in the filling if making my own milk. Here’s the link for how I’ve made my own “condensed” milk.

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About sayingthings

K lives in the US with her man and kiddos, knits, cans, dehydrates, bakes bread, (but doesn't cook regular food, particularly), crochets, spins, gardens, studies for a degree that never seems to end, and um, works. Sometimes she wastes time online. Also -- and family, she's looking at you here -- sometimes she swears and says things you might not agree with. But she still loves you.

Posted on July 7, 2009, in Food, Makin' Stuff. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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