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Pecan Nougat Oatmeal Bars

Pecan Nougat Oatmeal BarsOatmeal cookie bars topped with a chewy nougat studded with pecans.

Recipe Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, separated
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup chopped, lightly toasted pecans

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF (175ºC). Grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
  2. In large bowl, beat butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar and the granulated sugar with electric mixer until creamy. Add egg yolks, water and vanilla; beat well. Add combined oats, flour and baking soda; mix well. Spread dough evenly in bottom of pan. Bake 15 minutes or until deep golden brown. Remove from oven to cooling rack.
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 325ºF (160ºC).
  4. In medium bowl, beat egg whites with electric mixer until foamy. Gradually add the remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Spread over warm crust to edges of pan. Sprinkle pecans evenly over top.
  5. Bake 20 minutes or until topping is lightly browned.
  6. Cool 10 minutes. Cut into bars but do not remove from pan. Cool completely in pan.
  7. Remove cooled bars from pan. Store tightly covered, separating layers with waxed paper.

Makes 24 bars.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of The Quaker Oats Company.