Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Chocolate Oatmeal Almost Candy Bars (TWD)

This week's Tuesday With Dorie recipe for Chocolate Oatmeal Almost-Candy Bars is diet breaker for sure --- and we're only 19 days into the new year!

With a chewy oatmeal-peanut layer on the bottom, a rich, fudgey chocolate layer that is studded with peanuts and raisins (or dried cranberries in my case) in the middle, and a crunchy oatmeal layer on the top, a small slice of this cookie will tame the most ferocious sweet tooth.

I halved the recipe and baked it in a 9x5 loaf pan (the full recipe is meant to bake in a 9x13 baking pan). I think I goofed and should have baked this in a bigger pan, but nonetheless the recipe turned out just fine --- the layers are just a bit thicker than what the recipe probably intended. After a couple of hours in the fridge, these cookies are ready to be sliced and served.
Chewy, nutty, chocolatey --- delicious! I'm glad that subbed the raisins for cranberries, as the tartness from the dried cranberries definitely helped to balance out the richness of these bars.
For the complete recipe, please visit Lillian's blog, Confectiona's Realm. Also, please make sure to visit the TWD blogroll, as I know there will be many decadent versions of this recipe to oogle.

21 comments:

Laura Blaauwiekel said...

That looks so gooed...yummyy

Jennifer said...

Yum! These look delicious! I love how yours turned out!

chocolatechic said...

Beautiful.

Mine were thick and I baked mine in a 9x13.

I didn't add any fruit to mine, but added peanut butter chips to the topping.

Valerina said...

Well done! I never thought of using a loaf pan for recipes divided in half. The thicker version looks perfectly lovely on these. :)

The Food Librarian said...

Wow! These are so prettttty. I like that they are extra tall! - mary

steph- whisk/spoon said...

no kidding about the diet breaker...don't be fooled by the healthy oats! these look like a delicious mouthful!

Megan said...

Thicker = better, in my opinion. I think that cranberries were a great choice!

Eliana said...

These bars look fantastic, like a work of art that is almost too good to eat.

Mary said...

I love your pictures! I skipped the raisins and peanuts, but the texture of yours looks really interesting.

Monica H said...

I think they look pretty that way. Like your addition of the cranberries too!

Heather said...

So yummy looking - weren't these bars delicious!

Carol Peterman said...

So beautiful! My bars were really thick as well. Thick and delicious. The cranberries sound like a great addition.

Kayte said...

Wow, those look so great, I love your photo so that I can see all the separate layers and ingredients! Great job on these. I made them again today as the boys have friends coming over to watch Big Ten Basketball tonight, so these will not go unappreciated, and I am sure yours did not either. Just love your photos!condball

Susan said...

I baked the full recipe, in a 9x13 pan and mine were thick too. Yours look perfect!

Mimi said...

Beautiful photos, your bars look delicious. We liked the raisins, but I think the tartness of the cranberries would be good change.
Mimi

Rachel said...

Mine were a little thick too...but still delicious! Your photos are fab!

Ingrid said...

Is there anything you make that doesn't look mouthwatering?
~ingrid

Jodie said...

Great pictures! They look great. The pics make them look good even with the raisins :)

Dolce said...

This looks... out of this world... :)

SUGAR B said...

Gorgeous photos!

I omitted the raisins in mine.

Funny, how you said that these were a diet-breaker for you. I thought these were great since it contained oatmeal, which made it healthy, right? ;) Ha!

Jaime said...

i thought about using craisins too but decided to use the raisins. how on earth did you get such perfect looking slices?

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