Budget Menu & Dirt Cheap Recipes General Recipes Double Chocolate-Oatmeal Bars

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      Chocolate Filling
      1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
      4 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
      1 tsp vanilla extract
      2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
      11/4 cups packed brown sugar
      2 tsp vanilla extract
      1/2 tsp baking soda
      1/4 tsp salt
      2 cups all-purpose flour
      2 cups uncooked old-fashioned oats
      1/2 cup M&M’s mini baking bits

      PREPARATION
      1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line a 13 x 9-in.

      baking pan with foil, letting ends extend about 2 in. above pan. Lightly coat with nonstick spray.

      2. Filling: Microwave milk and chocolate in a 1-qt glass measure on high until steaming hot. Let stand 1 minute.

      Stir until chocolate melts and mixture is well blended and thickened. Stir in vanilla.

      3. Put next 5 ingredients in a large bowl; beat with mixer until fluffy. Add flour; beat just until blended.

      Stir in oats (mixture will be crumbly). Press 2/3 firmly over bottom of pan. Spread evenly with chocolate mixture, then sprinkle with remaining oat mixture and the M&M’s.

      4. Bake 25 to 30 minutes until lightly browned on top. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

      Lift foil by ends to cutting board. Cut into 48 bars.

      Planning Tip: Store airtight with wax paper between layers at room temperature up to 5 days or freeze up to 3 months.

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Budget Menu & Dirt Cheap Recipes General Recipes Double Chocolate-Oatmeal Bars