It may be hard to tell given that six of my last eight blog posts are sweets, but this blog isn’t turning into a baking blog, I swear. I only have two more holiday goodies to catch up on and then there is a good chance I will be sweets-free for a while. I’m pretty sure my overhanging gut will be appreciative.
When I was making up gift boxes, I already had cookies and chocolate, so I wanted something that was neither. I decided to go with an oatmeal bar recipe because it wouldn’t have to be refrigerated like a cheesecake or other bar, and didn’t have nuts or chocolate in it. I am a huge fan of nuts in my baked goods but am cognizant of the fact that many are not, which is why I try to limit them amount of nutty treats I include.
I came across these incredibly easy to throw together bars at Hersheys. com. They have a great blondie-like base with oats added. I love the combo of the gooey blondie with the crunchy toffee. I never have quick cooking oats and always use regular. In this case I had thick cut oats on hand, so I just pulsed them a few times in my food processor before adding them to the recipe.
These were really easy. They tasted great, and got good reviews!
Oatmeal Toffee Bars
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1-1/3 cups (8 oz. pkg.) Toffee Bits, divided
- 3 cups quick-cooking or regular rolled oats
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
2. Beat butter and brown sugar in large bowl until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
3. Stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Set aside 1/4 cup toffee bits. Stir remaining toffee bits and oats into batter (batter will be stiff). Spread batter into prepared pan; sprinkle reserved 1/4 cup toffee bits over surface.
4. Bake 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.