We're going boating and camping this weekend with my brother-in-law & his wife, and I wanted to make something sweet to take along . I've been eyeing this recipe for awhile and figured this would be a good time to make it, plus I already had the ingredients on hand. These bars were fudge-freakin'-fantastic and truly lived up to its Grand Prize wining status from Cook's Country's bar cookie contest. Everyone kept calling them brownies, they were so rich & fudgy and the oatmeal provided a nice contrast & texture. Delicious!
Crust & Topping:
3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. quick-cooking oats
1 c. packed light brown sugar
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
8 Tbs. (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted & cooled slightly
1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. packed light brown sugar
1 Tbs. instant coffee granules or espresso powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 c. semisweet chocolate chips
4 Tbs. unsalted butter, chopped
3 large eggs
1. For the crust: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare 9 x 9" pan (see note below). Whisk flour, oats. sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in bowl. Stir in butter until combined. Set 1 1/4 cups oatmeal mixture aside. Press remaining oatmeal mixture firmly into prepared pan. Bake until light golden brown, about 8 minutes. Cool completely.
2. For the filling: Whisk flour, sugar, instant coffee, and salt in a bowl. Melt chocolate chips and butter in large bowl; whisk in eggs, then stir in flour mixture. Pour filling over cooled crust and sprinkle with reserved oatmeal mixture.
3. Bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out with few crumbs attached, 35-40 minutes. Cool to room temperature, at least 1 hour. Cut into 1 1/2 inch squares.
*Note* For all bar cookies, spray baking pan with cooking spray and line with aluminum foil, allowing excess to overhang pan edges. Spray foil with cooking spray. Once bar cookies have been baked and cooled, use foil overhang to lift bars from pan.
Yield: 36 bars (All bar cookies can be refrigerated for up to 3 days)
What I did differently: I only have an 8x8" pan. I used old fashioned oats, instead of the quick cooking variety. One of my Dad's student's gave him some instant coffee mix from Vietnam - Nam Nguyen Caphe Sua, which has sugar & milk in the mix. I didn't notice a difference and honestly if I didn't have that on hand, I would have omitted it from the recipe. I also didn't get 36 bars, I forgot to count but it seemed more like 20 something.