03 August 2009

Recipe: Chocolate Revel Bars

chocolate chip bar cookiesOur regular chocolate chip cookie recipe made into a bar cookie version - Image by rachel is coconut&lime via Flickr

From Denny: This week is dedicated to brownie recipes! Yay!

Looking through one of my "elderly" cookbook finds from a book fair I was struck by how much cooking and baking has changed in the past 30 years or so. As we learn more about nutrition the recipes change. As new products, good or bad for us, come onto the market, the recipes of that time period reflect it. Usually, I look for timeless recipes where the ingredients will be easy to acquire and simple.

During the 1960's and 1970's making "bar" cookies (a type of brownie in our minds today) was most popular mainly because it saved time from forming the cookie dough, just bake and cut into serving sizes was faster. Women were entering the work force then and needed to speed up their recipes as they only had so much time in a day. (Sound familiar?)

I chose this recipe for today as I'm always thinking of how to use up something out of the pantry, like sweetened condensed milk, that I bought for last Thanksgiving holiday and never got around to using it for anything. Do you suffer from those pantry extras too? Well, this recipe looked like a tasty idea to meet my needs. It might even end up on this Thanksgiving's table! :)

Note: You can substitute half of the butter here for canola oil. If you make it all canola oil it will lose that buttery flavor. Well, at least the oats are a healthy addition! :)

There wasn't a good enough photo provided for this recipe - that's the only thing about older cookbooks, it was before quality digital photography that gives clear photos. Just imagine a triple layer brownie with the oatmeal crust, a layer of dark chocolate goodness and then dots of oatmeal crust on the top, almost like a miniature chocolate pie idea cut into bars!

Chocolate Revel Bars

From: Better Homes and Gardens All-Time Favorite Cake & Cookie Recipes, published 1980

Yield: 48 (2-inch) squares


3 cups quick-cooking rolled oats

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup unsalted butter (can substitute margarine)

2 cups packed brown sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 (14 ounce) can (1 1/4 cups) sweetened condensed milk

2 Tablespoons butter (can substitute margarine)

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

2 teaspoons vanilla


Stir together oats, flour, baking soda, and 1 teaspoon salt. In mixer bowl beat 1 cup butter or margarine on medium speed of electric mixer for 30 seconds.

Add brown sugar and beat till fluffy. Add eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla; beat well. Add dry ingredients to to beaten mixture and beat till well blended.

In heavy saucepan heat together chocolate pieces, sweetened condensed milk, 2 Tablespoon butter or margarine and 1/2 teaspoon salt over low heat, stirring till smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in nuts and 2 more teaspoons vanilla.

Pat 2/3 of the oat mixture into bottom of an ungreased 15"x10"x1" baking pan, saving enough to spread on top too. Spread with chocolate mixture. Dot with remaining oat mixture.

Bake in 350 degree F. oven for 25 to 30 minutes or till done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, no dough sticking to it. Cool on wire rack. Cut into bars.

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