Easter chocolate

Sunday, April 20, 2014
In my house, there couldn’t be an ingredient that’s more quintessentially Easter than chocolate.

This year, as with most years, my youngest daughter gave it up for Lent. When I suggested that forty days without chocolate wasn’t bad compared to forty years of biblical wandering in the desert with nothing to eat but manna, she reminded me that manna may, in fact, have been available in chocolate.

When Lent was over, I wanted to serve the choclatiest dessert I could find. That’s what led me to bake these Oatmeal Cookie Magic Bars. It’s pretty much over the top, and that was the intention. Whether you’re breaking a Lenten fast with these bars, or just looking for a decadent dessert, it’s a sweet way to celebrate any family occasion.

Oatmeal Cookie Magic Bars

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup Reese’s Pieces (or pecans, or Skor bar pieces)
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9” x 13” pan with parchment paper.

Cream butter and sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add flour, baking soda and cinnamon, and stir in by hand. Stir in rolled oats to combine.

Press dough into pan. (The dough will be sticky, and will form a thin layer on the bottom of the pan.) Bake for 10 minutes.

Remove hot pan from the oven and sprinkle evenly with toppings. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top so it’s all covered. Return to oven and bake for 25 – 30 more minutes until the edges are browning and the top is partially set. Cool completely before cutting.


Anonymous said...

Happy Easter!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Another great recipe. Though I'd leave out the coconut because I don't like it. Happy Easter!

Anonymous said...

Yum! This looks delicious.

vanillasugarblog said...

we don't have a lot of chocolate in the house and I am thankful for that!
you see those cadbury eggs are my weakness--I cannot be trusted with them.

Angie's Recipes said...

This looks decadent! I love the use of sweetened condensed milk here.

grace said...

absolutely decadent! i couldn't live without my sweets. :)

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl said...

Perfect magic bars no matter what time of the year!

Debra Eliotseats said...

We used to call these "Hello Dollies." ??????? They look delicious. It makes me want to dig out that old recipe now!

Juliana said...

Beth, these bars sound and look delicious, all mix together with condensed milk...yum!
Have a wonderful week :D

Barbara said...

Those are chock full of Easter sweets, Beth! A fun treat for your family. Hope you had a wonderful and blessed Easter.

Catherine said...

I am sure your daughter loved this after giving up chocolate for Lent.
Very nice. Blessings, Catherine

Katerina said...

Well after 40 days of chocolate deprivation I would flip my hat for such a bar or two maybe!

Joanne said...

I love that you rewarded your daughter with these crazy awesome bars! Such a great treat post Lent.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Wow, this recipe really is magical! Such a nice reward for your daughter's sacrifice -- this is such a terrific recipe. Hope you had a great Easter!

Anonymous said...

Your daughter must have been delighted with the Easter dessert you baked for her…I know I would have.

Gloria Baker said...

This look really awesome look delicious Beth

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself said...

Such a fitting gift considering your daughter was so strong! :D

Choc Chip Uru

Anonymous said...

I hope your Easter was wonderful! The oatmeal cookie magic bars sound and look so amazing!

Anonymous said...

drool worthy,magical and chocolaty good bars....chocolates are probably the quintessential pantry staple at our home....and we can't think of a day without it....this recipe is just what we want to make a batch of for celebrating chocolates,thanks for sharing :-)

Inger @ Art of Natural Living said...

These would go over big at our house!

Ruth Schiffmann said...

Over the top chocolate?! I'm so in!! Scouring the cupboards now to see if I have all of the ingredients =D

amy (fearless homemaker) said...

Ooh, I adore magic bars and these look SO wonderful. Bookmarking to try soon!

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