Oatmeal fudge bars
Makes 12 bars
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
10 tbls. unsalted butter
2 tsps. instant expresso coffee or instant cofee
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8X8 with parchement paper allowing the paper to overhang the sides. Set aside.
Combine the oats, 1 cup of the brown sugar, 3/4 cup of the flour, baking soda, baking powder and a pinch of sale in a bowl and stir to combine. Melt 8 tbls. of butter and stir into the mixture until just combined. Reserve 3/4 cup of the mixture for the topping.
Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking pan making sure that it is an even layer. Bake fore 12 minutes or until the bars turns a pale brown. Remove from the oven and let cool on a rack for one hour or until completely cool.
Combine the remaining 1/4 cup of flour, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, the expresso powder and 1/4 tsp. of salt in a bowl, stir to combine and set aside.
Melt the chocolate and remaining 2 tbls. of butter in the microwave. Start at 30 seconds and stir. Continue at 15 second intervals until chocolate is completely melted and combined with butter. Let the mixture cool (stir it with a whisk and that will speed up the process). Add the egg and whisk until combined. Fold this intered the waiting flour mixture taking care not to overstir.
Pour the chocolate mixture over the cooled crust. Sprinkle the remaining 3/4 cup of the remaining flour mixture (that you set aside in the first step) over the top. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. (do not overbake.)
Cool on a wire rack for at least one hour before cutting into bars.
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