Almost Candy Bars 01

I don’t even know where to begin describing these cookie.  “Holy Cow Batman!”,  comes to mind.  I have to tell you these really blew my mind.  I guess I wasn’t sure about the combination.  Weird huh.  I mean what’s not to love?  Dories original recipe had raisins in it along with peanuts.  I guess that’s the part that wasn’t working for me.  Well, my daughter and I just decided to omit the raisins and switch the nuts to walnuts and bake up a batch.  These were so off the charts delicious.  I couldn’t believe it.  The recipe makes a large bunch but we went through it like it was a tiny amount.  It was almost embarrassing.  Well, anyway, if you haven’t tried these yet you are truly in for a very sweet treat!


Chocolate Oatmeal Almost-Candy Bars


Almost Candy Bars 2

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Chocolate Oatmeal Almost-Candy Bars

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 16 bars
Calories 711 kcal
Author Kathleen


Oatmeal Layer:

  • 2 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Ground Cinnamon
  • 8 Ounces Unsalted Butter at Room Temperature
  • 2 Cups Light Brown Sugar Packed
  • 2 Eggs Large
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1 Cup Walnuts Chopped

Chocolate Layer:

  • 1-14 Ounce Canned Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 Cup Walnuts Coarsely Chopped


  1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Butter a 9X13 inch pan and place the pan on a baking sheet.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until it is soft and creamy.  Add the brown sugar and beat for 2 minutes, then add the eggs one at a time, beating for a minute after each egg goes in.  Beat in the vanilla.  The mixture should be light and fluffy.  Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients, mixing just until they disappear.  Still, on low speed, stir in the oats and 1 cup of the chopped walnuts.
  4.  Set aside 1 1/2 to 2 cups of the mixture, then turn the remaining dough into the prepared 9X13 pan.  Set aside while you prepare the next layer.
  5.  Set a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.  Put the condensed milk, chocolate chips, butter and salt in the bowl and stir occasionally until the milk is warm and stir in the vanilla and 3/4 cup walnuts.
  6. Pour the warm chocolate over the oatmeal crust, then scatter the remaining oatmeal mixture over the top.  Don't try to spread the oatmeal, and don't worry about getting the topping even. It will create a pretty open lacy pattern as it bakes.
  7. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the chocolate layer is dull and starting to come away from the sides of the pan.  Transfer the baking pan to a cooling rack for about 2 hours.
  8. Run a blunt knife between the edges of the cookie and the pan and carefully turn the cookie out onto a rack.  Turn right side up, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cutting. ( Ok so there was no way my fam could wait that long.  I was able to cool it for 2 hours but that was it.  It was fabulous a bit warm and also later when it was refrigerated!)

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Nutritional Information

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Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Oatmeal Almost-Candy Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 711 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 37g 57%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 369mg 15%
Potassium 399mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 87g 29%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 49g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 8.4%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 11.4%
Iron 26.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.