Chocolate On Oatmeal Bars
Source: Maida Heatter's Brand-New Book of Great Cookies (Random House, 1995 ed.), pg. 71.
Amidst the tornado warnings and chaos going on outside, I made these yesterday and brought them to share at the library. Now you know that anything with oatmeal and chocolate is going to be good!
The recipe reads as written but I changed a few of the steps which I think makes it easier to follow. This calls for a 9-inch square pan but I only have an 8-inch so I used it. The only difference is that the bars might be a little thicker. Also, I only had almond milk on hand and used it in the exact proportion. It was fine.
I think these actually tasted better the next day. Just store them in an air-tight container.
3 oz. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup sifted unbleached flour
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal (not "instant")
3 oz. milk chocolate, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
Preheat oven to 350 and use lower rack.
Line a 8 or 9-inch square pan with foil. Spray the foil with a nonstick spray. Set aside.
|Melt the butter in a small saucepan. After it has melted, cook an additional 30 seconds. Set aside.|
|Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda.|
|Place in a large bowl and stir in the oatmeal.|
|Add the melted butter and mix.|
|Turn into the prepared pan and with floured fingertips, press the dough evenly over the bottom of the pan.|
|Bake for 10 minutes. (You can work on the chocolate layer as this is baking.)|
|As soon as it is removed from the oven, sprinkle the milk chocolate evenly over the crust and allow it to melt.|
2/3 cup minus 2 TBS. sifted flour
2 TBS. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
2 1/2 oz. (3/4 cups) walnuts, cut into small-medium pieces
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk
2 oz. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 oz. unsweetened chocolate
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
|Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt. Set aside.|
|Stir the vanilla into the milk. Set aside.|
|In a small double-boiler or saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and unsweetened chocolate. Stir to mix and then transfer to a mixer bowl.|
|Beat in the sugar...|
|and the egg.|
|Lower the speed and add half of sifted dry ingredients...|
|then the milk,|
|then the remaining dry ingredients.|
|Remove the bowl from the mixer and stir in the walnuts.|
|Pour the chocolate mixture over the crust and spread evenly.|