Double Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

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!
  • 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
  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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  1. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    THOSE CHIPS!! A couple years ago my grandma bought that chip mix and I had trooooouble trying not to eat every.single. green + red chip. They taste different to me–more buttery? I don’t know, but I’m obsessed and need to run to the store to get another fifty bags. Also, oatmeal bars–I need you, too. Look how fat and chocolatey they are!
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  2. Jenna

    I LOVE Oatmeal Bars, they are crumbly and flavorful. I’ve always stuffed them with caramel, but I have to say the double chocolate ones look heavenly as well. I’ll have to try these for the holidays.

  3. Shirley

    Are these chips new? Looks like a fabulous way to pretty up a great cookie recipe. YUM

  4. Trisha

    I absolutely love the green and red chocolate chips. How adorably festive. The bars look great.

  5. Di

    Hi Ashley,

    Food Travesty….You really cracked me up with that one!!
    I’m so impressed with the food photography on this post…terrific!!
    Looks delish, thanks for sharing:) Di
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  6. sally @ sallys baking addiction

    love the green/red chocolate chips!!!! it’s hard for me to bake on the weekends too – so many activities going on. and with my full time job, i really do not know how I do it. lots of coffee!! 😉
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  7. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    I had those chips in my hands just the other day…why didn’t I get them!!!! Now I need to go back to Walmart so I can have these yummy bars!!! They look so ooey gooey delicious!!!
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  8. heidi

    These sound delicious. Thanks for posting the recipe.


  9. Katrina

    Those do look really good! Glad you found your missing chips. 😉

  10. Spencer

    Looks absolutely wonderful! I would so love to try some. I am sure it tastes amazing.
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  11. marina prins

    Hey look amazing i’m definitely going to make these bars!

    marina #10



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