Here in south-central Iowa, we are in the middle of a snowstorm that is expected to leave us with 9 inches of the white stuff on the ground by morning. The kids got out of school early, and are excited about the very high likelihood of a snow day tomorrow. It's cold outside, and we had an extra long afternoon, so of course I had to make a warm treat! I asked the boys what they were hungry for, and they just said, "something yummy." Well, that narrows it down! I went back to the cookbook I always go to when I want comfort food from my childhood: The Lemmon, South Dakota, Church of God Golden Jubilee cookbook from 1979. It's full of recipes by women who are my family members, and who were my neighbors and friends growing up in Shadehill, just south of Lemmon. Incidentally, the snow we are receiving now would barely make the folks in that part of South Dakota blink.
As I browsed through the "Cookies and Bars" section of the cookbook, the very last entry caught my eye. "Yummy chocolate oatmeal bars." Well, that sounded like it would fit my boys' request of "something yummy". I gave it a try, and the title did not disappoint! The bars were indeed yummy! They were like a delicious oatmeal cookie with a warm pudding filling. My only regret is that we didn't have any vanilla ice cream to go with them. That would have been perfect! (Maybe tomorrow we'll make snow ice cream!)
Yummy chocolate oatmeal bars
3/4 cup butter or margarine suitable for baking
1 cup brown sugar
1 3/4 cup oats
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
6 oz. chocolate chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. butter or margarine
Mix crust ingredients together. Spread 1/2 to 2/3 of the crust mixture into the bottom of a greased 9x13" baking dish. Reserve the remaining mixture.
In a heavy pot over low heat, melt together the filling ingredients, stirring until smooth. Pour over the crust in the pan.
Dot the remaining crust mix over the top of the chocolate layer, distributing it evenly.
Bake at 350 degrees F. for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top layer of crust is golden and cooked through. Let cool slightly before cutting. Enjoy warm with ice cream. (If you're lucky enough to have some!)