This recipe is adapted from the Better Homes and Gardens All-Time Favorites 2010 Cookbook, a supplement to the magazine. It’s a spin-off of one of my old favorites, Graham Cracker Toffee, but with the addition of a baked in buttery oat layer which makes the bars more “cookie-like” than candy and adds texture and flavor. To make the recipe even more fun, BHG recommends topping the cookies with smoked almonds. I didn’t have any on hand, so I used toasted sliced almonds and was very happy with the results.
By the way, the original recipe just called for butter and since the recipe didn’t call for any additional salt, I assumed they used regular salted butter. I didn’t have any salted butter on hand so I used unsalted butter and about 3/8 teaspoon of salt. You can see the original version by clicking link at the bottom, but here’s how I made it.
- 12 whole graham crackers
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 3 tbsp all purpose flour
- 2/3 cup salted butter, melted (or use unsalted and add 3/8 tsp )
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips or dark or semi-sweet chocolate
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted and lightly crushed***
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 15x10x1 inch pan with nonstick foil.
- Arrange whole graham crackers in a single layer in prepared pan leaving no gaps.
- Combine oats, sugars, and flour in a large bowl. Stir in melted butter, egg, and vanilla until well combined; spoon over graham crackers and spread evenly to edges of pan to cover graham crackers.
- Bake on center rack for 20-25 minutes or until oat mixture bubbles and is browned on top. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate pieces. Return to oven 1-2 minutes.
- Spread melted chocolate over top to cover. Sprinkle with almonds. Cool in pan on a wire rack. To set chocolate, chill briefly. Grasp foil and lift from pan. Place on a large cutting board and cut into squares with a chef’s knife. These are pretty solid bars, so you may do more “breaking” than “cutting” but you should still be able to make squares.
- Makes about 32