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Fudge Filled Walnut-Oatmeal Bars

Fudge Filled Walnut-Oatmeal BarsExtraordinary fudge filled walnut and oatmeal streusel bars.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon powdered instant coffee (optional)
3 cups quick-cooking oats
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts - divided use

Chocolate Filling:
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
3 1/2 (1-ounce each) bars HERSHEY'S Unsweetened Baking Chocolate, broken into pieces
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Beat butter and brown sugar in large bowl until creamy. Add eggs, vanilla and instant coffee, if desired; beat well.
  3. Stir together oats, flour, baking soda, salt and 1 cup walnuts; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until well blended. (Batter will be stiff; stir in last part by hand.)
  4. Remove 2 cups dough; set aside. Press remaining dough onto bottom of 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1-inch jelly roll pan.
  5. Prepare Chocolate Filling; spread over mixture in pan. Sprinkle reserved dough over filling. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup walnuts.
  6. For Chocolate Filling: Melt butter in medium saucepan over low heat. Add chocolate; cook and stir until smooth and completely melted. Stir in sugar and sweetened condensed milk. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.
  7. Bake 25 minutes or until top is golden. (Chocolate will be soft). Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
  8. Cut into bars.

Makes about 4 dozen bars.

Microwave Directions: In microwave-safe bowl, microwave butter and chocolate at HIGH (100%) 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Stir in sweetened condensed milk and sugar. MIcrowave at HIGH 3 to 4 minutes, stirring every minute, until mixture thickens and sugar is dissolved. Stir in vanilla.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of the Hershey Kitchens, and reprinted with permission of The Hershey Company. © The Hershey Company.