I don’t know what to say about these bars except that they almost didn’t happen.

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Which, quite frankly, would have been a travesty.

A food travesty, anyway.

Since I work a regular Monday through Friday job, and my weekends in the fall are basically reserved for college football, I’m left with very little time to bake/cook/blog. I generally use my time between after work and dinnertime to get items baked and photographed.

So Monday evening, I was getting all my ingredients out of the baking pantry to make these bars. Sugar? Check. Flour? Check. Oats? Check. Red and green chocolate chips that I just bought at Wal-Mart? Um, nowhere to be found.

While I could have used regular old chocolate chips, I wanted the red and green ones.  Hello, it’s the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats, after all. 🙂

I took everything out of the pantry. Twice. No holiday colored chips. I looked in our downstairs “overflow” pantry three separate times. No luck. In the bread basket on top of the fridge. Nope. In desperation, I checked my cupcake liner/candy molds/various colored sprinkle lidded basket on top of the kitchen cabinets.  Nothing.

But, since the Tall Boy often puts away the groceries, I called him to see if there was any chance he knew where they might be.

After a few seconds of silence, he offered a suggestion…

“Um, check the door of the deep freeze.”

Yep, a perfectly logical spot for chocolate chips I’d planned to use within two days of purchase.

But, mystery solved, bars baked, photographed, and promptly shipped off to the Tall Boy’s office, so I don’t eat them all.

Double Chocolate Oatmeal Bars
 
These bars will freeze well up to 3 months. Make them ahead to have on hand for holiday entertaining!
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 package chocolate chips
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1½ cups dark chocolate pieces
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9x13 baking pan with foild, extending the foil over the edges of the pan. Set aside.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter, sugars, and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat if flour mixtures. Stir in oats and chocolate chips.
  3. Press two-thirds of the dough into the bottom of your prepared baking pan. Set aside.
  4. In a small saucepan, combine sweetened condensed milk and dark chocolate over low heat. Stir occasionally, until chocolate melts. Pour mixture evenly over dough in pan. Drop mounds of remaining cookine dough mixture on top of the chocolate mixture.
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top is light brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Use foil to lift uncut bars out of pan and onto a cutting board.

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