It’s been a while since I talked about Revel Bars, but this week we needed a last minute bake sale item and the fudge filled oatmeal bars I loved as a kid came to mind. They have a tempting appearance, are easy to cut and wrap, and they taste great. Plus you get the best of both worlds — oatmeal cookies and fudge!
There are lots of variations on Revel Bars, but the one I usually use calls for 2 1/2 cups of flour, 3 cups of oats a full cup of butter and 2 eggs. The key with this version is not to not accidentally pack in too much flour and to not over bake. If you have a scale, you can weigh the flour — 10.5 to 11 oz works for me. Otherwise, just be sure to stir it and aerate it will before measuring.
And this recipe gives you lots of bars. For bake sale purposes you might want to cut them very large (you’ll get at least 24), but if you are making them for a party or get together, you could easily get 60 small squares. And if you don’t need all those squares or want to use your ingredients for another recipe, you can halve this one very easily and use a 9 inch square pan.
As I made this batch I got kind of fixated on Revel Bars and their many variations, so maybe I’ll try a few more and let you know if one seems better than the others.
- 2 sticks (8 oz) unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups tightly packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 cups (10.2-11oz oz) well stirred all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt (if using salted butter, decrease to 1/2 teaspoon)
- 3 cups quick cooking oats
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)
- Tiny Pinch of salt (omit if using salted butter)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 12 oz semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 10x15 inch pan with nonstick foil or line with regular foil and grease the foil.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened butter and brown sugar until creamy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla, scraping sides of bowl often.
- Mix together flour, baking soda and salt. Add flour mixture to batter gradually, stirring until blended, then stir in the oats.
- Drop about 2/3 of the mixture (30 oz by weight) in globs on the lined pan, then dampen your fingers and press to make a crust. Put the rest of the oat mixture in the refrigerator (this makes it easier to crumble) while you make the fudge filling.
- Fudge Filling: Combine the condensed milk, pinch of salt and butter in a large saucepan and heat over medium just until condensed milk is very hot and butter is melted. Add chocolate chips, then reduce heat to medium low and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
- Spread filling evenly over crust.
- Crumble reserved oat mixture over the top leaving gaps here and there.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes (25 works for me) or until topping is light brown around the edge. Fudge should still seem very soft, but it will set as it cools.
- Allow the bars to cool completely. If you have room in your refrigerator, you may want to chill them a bit for neater slicing.
- Lift from pan, put them on a big cutting board and cut into large squares.