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Sunday
Oct022011

Ooey Gooey Chocolate Marshmallow Oat Bars

Hi, Monday. It's been a long time since I last saw you. I think I'm ready for you today. A little.

Hi friends! I have to tell you something. I've been holding out on you on a few things. First, Shaun was away all last week. He was in Sweden for work for 7 days. I hated it. I was solo for the entire week. I may have gotten to watch many, many Friends reruns and I may have gotten to eat pumpkin pancakes for dinner (twice). But I missed this guy! It's so nice to have him back home with me :)

 

I also teased you on Friday with tales of chocolate marshmallow oat bars. I hope you're not mad at me.

I made these for my bro-in-law's birthday last weekend. I created them on a whim. I wanted to make something delicious and decadent and a little over the top. Those always make the best desserts, don't they? I was also in the midst of saying goodbye to Cat, and thus rummaging through my cabinets trying to keep oh-so-busy while she left us trying to devise something with what I had on hand. Oats? Good. Marshmallow? Good. Chocolate? Goooooood.

These bars literally came together in minutes. I imperfectly threw them together, tossed them in the oven and they were ooey gooey in no time. I let them cool about 85% of the way, and then cut them up, wrapped 'em and took these little bars of heaven to Steve's birthday celebration. I liked them. A lot.

Chocolate Marshmallow Oat Bars
*bar base adapted from Betty Crocker Cooky Book's Date Bars
3/4 C shortening, such as Crisco
1 C brown sugar
1 3/4 C all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 C old fashioned oats
1 1/2 C semisweet chocolate chips
2 C mini marshmallows
3/4 C sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 13x9" pan with foil (one strip lengthwise, one strip widthwise), letting the foil hang over the edges. Grease well. Mix the shortening and sugar together in a bowl. I used my stand mixer, but a hand mixer (or even by hand) would work too.

In a mixing bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt. Beat into the shortening & sugar mixture. Stir in the oats. Press 2/3 of the mixture into the greased pan.

Melt the chocolate (I do it via microwave) and carefully spread over the oat dough. Top with marshmallows and pour sweetened condensed milk over it. Top with remaining oat dough.

Bake for 25 minutes. Let cool and set. To cut up, remove from pan by using the foil as handles. Peel away. Cut off all the edges and then cut into bars. Devour discarded edges immediately. Subsequently devour bars.

 

Don't mind if I do.

I think you could come up with lots of ways to enjoy these bars! Different chocolates, candies and flavors could easily be in the center of these bars! I love them!

Questions of the Day:

What other fun combinations would you put into these oat bars?

What do you do/eat on a solo weekday night?


psst...I'm blogging about learning to sew over on The Peach & The Pit today...I'm all domesticated and stuff now :)

Reader Comments (12)

Wow, chocolate and condensed milk- two of the best things in the world! What is not to love? They look incredible. Next on my list is my Grandmother's oyster crackers! Think i might make them today.

Oh and I would put coconut into the bars or maybe even some roasted nuts?

October 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKitchen Belleicious

the bars look fantastic! my husband + i are rarely apart (luckily, we rarely have to travel for business where we can't bring the other), so i don't get too many solo weekday nights. when i do, i always make a meal full of stuff that my husband doesn't like. last time, i made a tofu, mushroom + spinach stirfry - three ingredients my husband could do without. it was awesome + made my solo night pretty darn enjoyable. =)

October 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteramy @ fearless homemaker

Those look super addicting, yum!

October 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at Keep It Sweet

Yeah, chocolate and oats are super yummy together! Liking your photos, miss!

October 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I'm glad that your guy is back and things are right with the world again. The only time Hubby and I were separated that long and by that much distance was when I traveled to Armenia and it stunk big time (especially for him since he was left at home pining for me). :)

You had me hooked on those bars with the words "ooey gooey." I love all sweet things ooey gooey. Chocolate, not so much, but I can work around that (read; caramel). Thanks for sharing this recipe!

holy canoli.

all I can say is, "bookmarked."

and maaayybbbbeee some caramel drizzle on top? maybe?

October 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa @ Life of bLyss

This recipe includes all the best ingredients in the land!! Looks so so yummy. Look at you, all resourceful!!

October 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCookbook Queen

Oh gosh, these look delicious!

October 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterceecee

ooooh you sucked me in with the marshmallows!! love this recipe :)

this recipe was worth the wait! I love how it is so versatile! maybe add some peanut butter chips? fun!

October 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteralex

I'm sure Shawn is great and all but Friends + pumpkin pancakes sounds like a nice little week :)

October 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaris

Looks great! Trying them today! :D

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBharvi

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