These oatmeal pie fudge bars are everything you could want in a dessert. An oatmeal cookie dough crust is topped with a layer silky smooth fudge and then topped with an oatmeal crumble. It is the ultimate crowd pleaser.
I have a bit of an obsession with oatmeal.
In fact I love oatmeal so much that it’s my go-to breakfast choice about 90% of the time.
I first had these bars years ago at a friend’s house. At the time, they were truly a bar, served in a huge 13 x 9 pan, perfect for a gathering.
However, when I’m baking for just the family I like to come up with recipes that are manageable for just the four of us, hence the more petite pie plate.
Call it my version of portion control.
So is it a pie, or is it a bar?
Deep Dish Oatmeal Pie Fudge Bars
Combine all of the ingredients for the oatmeal cookie dough according to the directions below and press half the dough into a greased pie 9 inch pan
This recipe calls for a half cup of condensed milk, which may have many of you asking “What do I do with the leftover”?
Well, let me enlighten you to the amazing uses of condensed milk:
add it to your morning coffee with a bit of milk or cream.
use it as a sundae sauce.
spread it on pancakes (no judgement please, it’s totally amazing and no I don’t do it often)
use it to make a small batch of magic bars (or hello Dolly bar)
By the way did you know you can now buy this stuff in a squeeze bottle?
My mind was blown and I always keep a bottle on hand.
Next, combine the condensed milk, chocolate chips, vanilla, and butter in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for about one minute or until the chocolate chips begin to melt. Remove from the microwave and stir until a glossy and creamy fudge forms. This fudge filling is seriously amazing. It’s kind of amazing there was any left to pour over the crust.
Pour over the oatmeal crust (if you can control yourself and have enough left).
Crumble the remaining oatmeal cookie dough over the top of the fudge filling and bake until the oatmeal cookie crumbles are a golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.
Let sit for about 30 minutes to allow the bars to set…if you can wait that long.
Looking for more chocolate desserts? Check out these Hot Chocolate Cookies with Marshmallow Lava
Oatmeal Pie Fudge Bars
Oatmeal Cookie Dough:
- 1 stick salted butter softened
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp + 2 tsp whole milk
- 1 ¼ cup all purpose flour
- 1 ½ cup quick oats
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup condensed milk (very full, almost overflowing)
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3 tablespoon salted butter
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease a 9 inch pie plate.
Make the oatmeal cookie dough:
- In a medium bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar.
- Add the egg, vanilla, and milk.
- Mix until light and fluffy.
- Add the flour, quick oats, baking soda, and salt.
- Stir until just combined.
- Reserve 1 cup of oatmeal cookie dough and set aside.
- Press the remaining cookie dough into the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate. The dough will be wet and sticky. Set aside.
Make the fudge filling:
- In a small microwave safe bowl, combine the condensed milk, chocolate chips, butter, and vanilla.
- Microwave on high for about one minute or until the chocolate chips and butter begin to melt.
- Stir until the chocolate chips and butter are melted and a glossy, smooth fudge sauce forms.
- Pour over the oatmeal cookie dough.
Finishing touches and bake:
- Crumble the remaining 1 cup of oatmeal cookie dough randomly over the top of the fudge.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top of the oatmeal fudge bars are a golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and allow to sit for at least 30 minutes.