With its crumbly oat topping and creamy chocolate filling, these Oatmeal Chocolate Cream Bars are perfect for a quick snack or dessert. This easy cookie bars recipe comes together quickly and bakes in under 30 minutes.
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I first shared this recipe for Oatmeal Chocolate Cream Bars back in 2013 and they still remain one of my all time favorite sweet treats! I usually make them around the holidays but I’m not sure why because they are so delicious.
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Vintage Recipe Adventures
For the last several years, I’ve been making my way through my own, my mom’s and my grandmother’s recipe boxes. The idea is to rediscover some recipes I may have forgotten about but also try new to me recipes to try.
I found the recipe card for these Oatmeal Chocolate Cream Bars in my own recipe box although I’m not really sure where it’s from originally. It’s in my own handwriting but I’m thinking that I most likely copied it from my mom or grandmother. Let’s just say it’s been around awhile!
I love a good bar cookie. These are super easy to put together and what’s great about bar cookies is that you get all the great homemade goodness without the same effort as individual cookies when you’re short on time.
They are definitely an indulgent sweet treat but since the bars are made and baked in a large bar pan, I cut it into small bars so I feel a little better about treating myself and others to these Oatmeal Chocolate Cream Bars!
That is if you can stop at just one. (I couldn’t).
This is one of those recipes you’ll want to make for a group or hide deep in your freezer because if you have them just sitting around, I promise, you won’t be able to stop. I made some for a teacher’s luncheon and to give to a friend who I was bringing dinner to and they all loved them.
There’s something about the crumbly oatmeal crust and topping paired with the creamy chocolate filling that just works. These are delicious with a hot cup of coffee or tea. They are also great for a cookie platter because they hold up well and won’t crumble easily.
Easy Make Ahead Recipe
You can also make them ahead! Layered in an airtight container with wax paper between each layer, you can make these Oatmeal Chocolate Cream Bars up to three months before you want to serve them. Just store them in the freezer until you’re ready.
I’m all for anything that can be make ahead, right?
I hope you’ll give these Oatmeal Chocolate Cream Bars a try and let me know what you think.
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Oat and Chocolate Cream Bars
For Crust & Topping
- 2 ½ C all-purpose flour
- 2 C rolled oats
- 1 ½ C firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 C butter softened
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk not evaporated
- 2 T butter
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 cup chopped nuts you can leave these out if you’re not a fan but I really liked them in there!
- Heat oven to 350°. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. In a large bowl, combine first six ingredients; mix at low speed of mixer until crumbly. Press 4 cups crumb mixture into ungreased 15 x 10 jelly roll pan.
- In medium sauce pan, combine first four filling ingredients. Heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Stir in vanilla and nuts. Pour filling over crumb crust. (work quickly as when it cools it becomes more difficult to spread).
- Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture over filling.
- Bake 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Cool; cut into bars.
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