Chocolate-Filled Oat Bars

1-3/4 cup (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
2 cups walnuts -- coarsely chopped
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups quick-cooking oats
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter or margarine -- room temperature
1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
confectioners' sugar

Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Line a 9"x13" baking pan with foil.

In the top of a double boiler over hot (not boiling) water, heat milk and chocolate, stirring often until smooth. Remove from heat; stir in a walnuts. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, mix flour, oats, baking soda and salt. In another large bowl, beat butter, brown sugar and vanilla in a large bowl with electric mixer until fluffy. Add flour mixture and beat just to blend. Mixture will be crumbly. Firmly press 2/3 of this mixture into bottom of lined pan. Spread chocolate mixture evenly over top; then sprinkle with remaining flour mixture.

Bake 25-30 min. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Sprinkle top with confectioners' sugar. Lift foil by ends onto cutting board. Cut into 2"x1" bars.

Note: Posted by minnie to alt.cookies.yum.yum.yum

Servings: 54

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