I don’t get super excited about social events. I guess I’m an introvert. I do get super excited about chocolate and sugar. Is there something wrong there?
I had a party to go to and needed to bring a dessert, so I whipped up these chocolate oat bars. On the way there I seriously considered parking somewhere and just eating the whole tray of bars. Thankfully, I didn’t. I went to the party and shared my bounty. Well, except for this one. I ate this one.
Let me tell you, chocolate is a better social lubricant than alcohol. You should try it. Everyone wants to know how you made it and where you got the recipe. No, I’m not just building myself up here. Other people brought chocolate and I wanted to know all about theirs too.I guess what I’m trying to say is its ok to be introverted, just make something chocolate and share it with some friends once in a while. You might get a new recipe in return.
What’s your favorite dessert to bring to a get together?
Chocolate Oat Bars
Adapted from The Joy of Cooking
¾ cup butter, softened
1 ½ cups packed dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
1 ¾ cup white whole wheat flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt (if using unsalted butter)
2 ¼ cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 ¼ cups sweetened condensed milk
1 ½ Tbs butter
¾ teaspoon vanilla
¾ cup chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Coat a 13×9 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, beat together the butter and brown sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and beat again. Set aside.
In another bowl, whisk together the flour and soda. Stir in the oats.
In a medium saucepan, combine the chocolate chips, condensed milk, and butter. Stir over low heat until smooth. Stir in the vanilla and walnuts. Remove from the heat.
Stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture. Pat two-thirds of it into the baking pan. Pour the chocolate mixture over the top and even it out. Take the remaining dough and dot it over the chocolate. Bake about 25 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan.