4 days ago
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
And that's where they go! Straight to your hips! These are hip hugger bars! My in-laws gave me the recipe several years ago in a secret mission attempt to make me weigh 300lbs. Lucky for me it didn't work. Although, they are hard to resist!
These are a soft oatmeal base with a creamy chocolate layer and MORE oatmeal mix on top. They require butter, chocolate and sweetened condensed milk. AND a treadmill. OR strong willpower. Make them - try ONE - then give them away!
Hip Hugger Bars
1c brown sugar
1/2c butter- softened to room temp, plus 1T DIVIDED
1 1/4c flour
1 1/2c oatmeal (I use Quick Oats)
1/2t baking soda
12oz semisweet chips
1T butter (from above)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1. Line a 9x13 with parchment paper. Set oven to 350.
2. Mix the first set of ingredients together in the usual fashion. Cream butter and brown sugar, add the vanilla, and egg. Then mix in the oats, flour, soda and salt..
3. Press 2/3rds said mixture into bottom of a parchment lined 9x13.
4. In a microwave safe bowl dump chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and 1T butter. Microwave 1 minute, stir and continue to nuke until combined...stopping and stirring every 30 seconds.
5. Pour the most awesome mixture of chocolate onto the oatmeal base. Then break up the reminding 1/3rd over the top in little chunks. Covering what you can. It will spread- SOME.
* I've started to deviate from the recipe here. Lately I've been going back and mixing up a 1/2 batch of the oatmeal to put on top and spreading the entire initial batch onto a 9x13 to give it a deeper crust. Personally I like it that way. Just 1/2 the base recipe for the topping. To get the 1/2 egg it'd call for- I scramble one up and dump 1/2ish in. Scientific I know. But it's rather hard to screw up the recipe here trust me I can make this in my sleep!
6. Since we're back on track and we've 'sprinkled' the remaining topping on the chocolate layer pop that baby into the oven for 20-25minutes until the topping looks lightly golden.
7. Cool COMPLETELY on a wire rack before cutting. It makes a horrific mess if not. Trust me. Get a LARGE glass of milk and indulge later.
Makes 20ish bars. IF you are lucky enough to store - room temp in a sealed container up to 3 days is good.
Posted by Rebecca (Indecisive Baker) at 12:27 PM