Friday, November 6, 2009

Chocolate Chip Bars

Today is the birthday of our daughter Margaret's boyfriend. Along with a gift certificate to a local restaurant, I am giving him these chocolate chip bars with a note promising a dessert for the next year around the sixth of each month. He loves desserts.









Chocolate Chip Bars

1 cup flour
1 cup oats
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup soft butter
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
6 or 12 oz. package chocolate chips (I used 12)

Preheat oven to 350º.
Combine flour, oats, sugar, and butter. Save out 1/2 cup.
Put the rest in a greased 9 x 13 pan.
Pour milk over crust.
Stir together the 1/2 cup mixture with the chocolate chips and sprinkle on top.
Bake 25-30 minutes.
Cool.
Cut into bars.
Eat.

28 comments:

  1. What a terrifically thoughtful gift!

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  2. What a wonderful present to give! and the bars look great too - oats and chocolate? perfect

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  3. Ok this means I have to buy some tinned milk when I go shopping this weekend...

    Is the O Douglas book good? I haven't heard of that one

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  4. HI Nan: These look so good, I think I will have to give them a try. Of course mine will have to be made with milk chocolate (is there any other kind) chips. Thanks for the great recipe.

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  5. Ooh these sound so yummy. I think I will make them over the weekend. We all love something sweet on the weekends.
    I love your header also. It looks like you are getting ready for some winter. Has it snowed up there yet? They tell me we've had a few flakes down here on the coast but I haven't seen any.

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  6. He's a lucky guy!! These look very yummy!!

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  7. Oh, that is so nice. What a lucky guy! I like your recipe, especially the "eat" part.

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  8. I've copied the recipe to try--sounds like a quick chocolate-y treat.
    Reading the instructions for the crust it sounds rather like a shortbread, so I was surprised that it doesn't need to bake for a few minutes before spreading the condensed milk and the choc chip mix on top.

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  9. Now I've got to go downstairs - I'm hungry and a fridge raid is needed...

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  10. Wow! That looks really delicious. Yummmm...

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  11. Thanks to each of you for taking the time to leave a note. I hope you'll try them! He was excited about his gift. :<)

    Val, yes, I am liking it. This is the first book she wrote.

    Donna, I used 'Ghiradelli 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate' and sometimes use semi-sweet choc.- I never use milk chocolate. I don't like it. :<)

    Morning's Minion, I do have other recipes where you bake it a bit first, and then add the topping, but this one is just cooked all together, like Magic Cookie Bars:

    http://lettersfromahillfarm.blogspot.com/2006/12/magic-cookie-bars.html

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  12. These sound yummy!!! I should share my pumpkin chocolate chip bar recipe with you. I'll try to remember to post it later this weekend.

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  13. Oh, Les, thank you but pumpkin is so not my favorite thing. :<) Of course, I could leave it out, couldn't I?!

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  14. Nan,

    These look good and I'm going to try them.

    Janell

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  15. Jodi, he was thrilled!

    Janell, I hope you like them.

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  16. Nan, I made these bars and am just now putting the remainders in the freezer for "future treats." We like these so much, I'll make them again.

    I look forward to seeing the header picture change; I think the past few have been quietly beautiful.

    Mary Oliver's poem was one I haven't read before. I only have one of her books and I appreciate when you include her poems so I know more of them.

    Happy blog anniversary. Enjoy your new bread maker...homemade bread is heavenly any way one makes it. --Catherine Mary

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  17. Catherine Mary, as always, it is so good to hear from you. I'm pleased you tried, and liked, the cc bars. I've just recently bought some more Mary Oliver books, and a cd of her reading her poetry which is wonderful.Thank you about the blog header - I have fun with it. And the bread turned out great last night. I'll be posting about it. (do I remember right that it is Chicago where you live?? My boy is out there right now visiting friends!)

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  18. I made these! I used a smaller pan and added a bit of vanilla and salt to the flour mixture. They were yummy! I loved how the condensed milk bubbled up and turned into carmel around the edges. We'll be making these again.

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  19. Tara, thank you for trying them and thank you for coming back to tell me! Very interesting about vanilla and salt. I'll try them next time, too. Amts??

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  20. I didn't measure, but about a tsp of vanilla and a pinch of salt - my butter is unsalted.

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  21. Noted, Tara! Thanks. I was just telling someone that I know cooks are supposed to use unsalted, but I don't. :<) I will try the vanilla, though.

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  22. I made these again! Added the same things, but subbed in 1/4 cup whole wheat pasty flour for some of the flour - can't even tell! My husband likes these. He eats the middle and I eat the edges. Perfect! Thanks again.

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  23. Tara, and I thank you for coming back to tell me. I must make some again soon. :<)

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