Oatmeal in any form is comfort food to me. Being in a dessert makes it all the better. These bars are so good. The oatmeal layers are chewy. The chocolate filling in the middle is yummy. I made 1/2 of a batch and they turned out great.
Chocolate Oat Squares 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened, divided 2 cups packed brown sugar 2 eggs 4 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided 3 cups quick-cooking oats 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips 1 cup chopped walnuts
In a large bowl, cream 1 cup butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Combine the oats, flour, 1 teaspoon salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Press two-thirds of oat mixture into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.
In a large saucepan, combine the milk, chocolate chips, salt and remaining butter. Cook and stir over low heat until chocolate is melted. Remove from the heat; stir in walnuts and remaining vanilla. Spread over the crust. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture.
Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Yield: 4 dozen.