Monday, November 2, 2009

Fall Into Flavor - Festive Fudge-Filled Bars


FESTIVE FUDGE-FILLED BARS

2 c. quick cooking oats
1 1/2 c. flour
1 c. chopped nuts
1 c. packed brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1 c. margarine or butter, melted
2 Tbsp. shortening
1 1/2 c. plain M&Ms, divided
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 375. Grease jelly roll pan (or a 9x13 pan also works well & baking times are the same). Mix first six ingredients (oats through salt) in large bowl. Stir in melted butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Reserve 1 1/2 c. of mixture and set aside. Press remainder in bottom of pan. Bake for 10 minutes.

Heat shortening in 1 qt. saucepan over low heat until melted. Stir in 1 c. of M&Ms; press candies with back of spoon until they break into pieces. Cook & stir until chocolate is melted (pieces of candy coating will remain). Remove from heat and stir in condensed milk. Spread over baked layer to within 1/2 inch of edges. Mix reserved crumb mixture with remaining 1/2 c. of M&Ms. Sprinkle evenly over chocolate mixture - press lightly. Bake about 20 minutes until golden brown. Cool & cut into bars.

Using the seasonally colored M&Ms makes this a striking dessert for any occasion!


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7 comments:

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

YUM! Sounds like a keeper for sure. I'm off the grocery store in a few I and just have to pick up all the ingredients for this one!

Have a great week!
Robin

sara said...

oh my word, these sound divine!! Of course anything with sweetened condensed milk is divine!!! :)

Joyce said...

Well I always say you can never go wrong with m & m's : ) Sounds yummy!

Kelly Combs said...

THIS is a dessert I will make. YUM!

Rebekah Doak said...

I will be trying these for sure!

Lisa writes... said...

Yum! yum! Yum!

Susanne said...

Yummy! They sound wonderfully rich and the type that you can't eat just one.