Friday, December 9, 2011

WALNUT OATMEAL BARS

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp instant coffee granules
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups quick oats
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 can (14-oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In mixer bowl cream the softened butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs, vanilla, and coffee granules.

In another bowl combine the flours, baking soda, salt, quick oats, and 1 cup of the walnuts.  Gradually add to the creamed mixture while mixing to form a stiff batter.  Reserve 2 cups of this mixture. Press the remaining oat mixture over the bottom of a 10 x 15-inch baking pan.

Melt the half cup of butter in a saucepan over low heat; stir in cocoa, granulated sugar, and sweetened condensed milk.  Cook, stirring constantly, until smooth and thickened; remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

Spread the cocoa mixture evenly over the oat layer in the pan.  Spoon the 2 cups of reserved oat mixture over the top.  Sprinkle with the remaining half cup of walnuts.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown.  The chocolate will be soft.  Allow to cool completely then cut into 48 bars.
I am so crazy.  Got the picture upside down and don't know how to change it on here!  I am vintage myself and not so good with these modern electronic gadgets!

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