Gigi Oat and Chocolate Bars

  • Yield: servings

"These Gigi Oat and Chocolate Bar recipe is from my mom. I grew up on them. They are best fresh from the oven."


1cup butter, softened
2cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2cups all purpose flour
1teaspoon salt
1teaspoon baking soda
3cups uncooked quick oats
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2tablespoons butter
1 (12-ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2teaspoon salt
1/2cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Cream together the butter and brown sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, salt, and baking soda. Add the oats, and mix well. Press two-thirds of the batter into the prepared pan.
  2. For the filling, melt the chocolate with the milk, butter, vanilla, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly to avoid scorching. Remove from the heat as soon as the chocolate is melted. Pour over the batter in the baking pan. Sprinkle the top with the nuts. Crumble the remaining batter over the filling. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the batter is golden brown. Cut into squares when cooled.

Tips From Our Test Kitchen: These decadent bars freeze well.

Recipe by Carrie A. Wourms, Calumet, Minn.