If you’ve ever lived in a small town, you know dining options can be somewhat limited. You also know that restaurants tend to come and go. The good ones stay around longer than the not-so-good ones. But sadly, even the good ones often close up shop eventually.
For years, there was a little deli called Huckleberry’s in my hometown. They were only open for lunch, and featured a wide array of unique sandwiches, hand-dipped ice cream, and homemade desserts. They closed a few years ago, but I still have the recipe for the Oatmeal Fudge Bars that were hands down my favorite item on their dessert menu.
Last night we had to take a dessert to one of my step-daughter’s school events. I didn’t have much time to bake between work and running the book fair at my kids’ elementary school, so I pulled out this recipe and it was cooling on the kitchen counter within 30 minutes.
Oatmeal Fudge Bars
1 cup unsalted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
2-1/4 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
Beat eggs with a whisk, then combine with one cup butter, 2 teaspoons vanilla, flour, oats, and salt.
Pat into a greased 9×13-inch baking dish, reserving about 1/2 cup.
In a bowl, mix together chocolate chips, 3 tablespoons butter, sweetened condensed milk, and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Microwave in 30-second intervals until melted, stirring between each interval to combine.
Pour chocolate mixture on top of crust. Sprinkle with reserved crust crumbs.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Let cool and cut into bars.
Recipes like this are great to have in your repertoire for times like last night – when you have precious little time to bake, but you want to take something homemade versus store-bought.
Do you have a go-to recipe when time is short and you need to take something sweet to a carry-in dinner?
Shana Norris is a writer, reader, runner, coffee guzzler, and chocolate inhaler who dreams of becoming an Avett Brothers groupie. You can follow her on Twitter, Google +ShanaNorris, and Pinterest or on her blog at ShanaNorris.net.