P&Q: Chocolate Oatmeal Almost-Candy Bars

Chocolate, oatmeal, candy bar.. oh yeah this will be a good one. Yes indeed.

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47 thoughts on “P&Q: Chocolate Oatmeal Almost-Candy Bars

  1. More a tip than a P or Q, but if you make the whole recipe, use a LARGE bowl to mix up the cookie base. My kitchen is now a mess – I was flinging brown sugar and butter and oatmeal EVERYWHERE last night! And don’t be concerned when melting the chocolate into the condensed milk if it thickens up quite a bit on you, mine was definitely in the fudge / spreadable stage when I took it off my double boiler. I made a half recipe in an 8×8″ pan, and it still took the full 25-30 minutes to bake.

    • I made these yesterday and they would be great without raisins. Just add peanuts or other nuts to the chocolate, or even dried cranberries. I thought the raisins made them way too sweet. The crust/topping mixture is to die for.

    • right after I left out the raisins, I thought “butterscotch chips would be a great sub”. I didn’t have any on hand but let me know if it works out!

  2. DD is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. If I leave the peanuts out of the base so she can have them, do I need to add anything to make up for it? Some recipes I need to sub with something, and others I can just leave them out. I’m going to do butterscotch chips in place of the raisins in the topping.

    • I think you could leave the peanuts out – you won’t have the crunch, but it will still taste good. The raisins go into the warm chocolate/condensed milk mixture, so butterscotch chips might melt (or partway melt).

  3. Made these last night and loved them! I used dried cranberries in place of raisins. Worked out wonderfully!

    It’s funny because my mom makes a recipe just like this (sans raisins and peanuts) and she calls them “Wonderful Bars.”

    Can’t wait to post!

  4. One bite and you’ll wish you had left out the raisins. I got a bunch of “… what’s in here… fruit?” comments. I thought the raisins overpowered the chocolate a bit – and wished I had sub’d peanut chips, etc. It also makes a large, heavy 13×9 pan full… cut them small!

  5. In light of all the comments reinforcing what I thought these might be like, I think I am going to try to make a 1/3 or 1/4 recipe in a loaf pan and leave out the raisins. I don’t think I’ll sub anything for them either, but we’ll see. Thanks in advance for all the good info!

  6. I’m not planning to add raisins-I can’t stand ’em-I will probably go with butterscotch chips. MMMHMMMM!

    Making these tomorrow.

  7. This may be a silly question, but does it matter if I use unsalted peanuts? I’m pretty sure I read earlier that I need salted but unfortunately I bought them a few weeks ago and they are unsalted.

  8. I made these the other day, BOY it makes tons! I wonder why she went for a 9×13 pan? I would’ve made them a 8×8 size. I froze half of it for another day.

    Cutting these is much easy once cold, you can slice them thin too. I liked them room temp but liked them even more cold. They didn’t seem as rich when cold. But eating them at room temp is like eating a loaded cookie =)

  9. um yeah, convert ova heee–re! Used Craisins and love them–they make the “cookie” not quite as cloyingly sweet. To me these are like deconstructed oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

  10. I just finished these! Fabulous! I didn’t catch the part about refrigerating before cutting. They were a bit soft inside, but I got them cut okay. I made them just as the recipe call for them to be made. They are rich, but gooooood!

  11. These are cooling on the butcher block in the kitchen as we speak. I made a half recipe in an 8×8 pan, and took the advice here to leave out the raisins (didn’t sound so good to me) and stir in some butterscotch chips. We’ll see how they are when they’re cool, but they smell delish!

  12. I did not refrigerate and they were perfect.These bars are outstanding..I left out the peanuts and the raisins..I used pecans and walnuts…These bars are So good..one of my favorite TWD recipes!

  13. I have a problem that I can’t use dairy in the recipe. Is there anything to substitute for the condensed milk?

    I made it without the condensed milk and it was good but more like a cookie but, I have no idea, what it is supposed to look like or taste.

    If anyone has a suggestion as to how to substitute some other liquid, I would make them again and see what happens.

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  17. I just made these bars and they are delicious. I left out the peanuts because I don’t like them and just added extra raisins into the chocolate – yummy – sort of like a chocolatey oatmeal raisin cookie!

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