Tuesday, January 19, 2010

TWD - Chocolate Oatmeal Almost-Candy Bars


Chocolate, peanuts, raisins and peanut butter in a crunchy oatmeal crust. What's not to love?!?

Lillian of Confectiona's Realm must have felt the same way, because she zeroed in on these delicious and addictive treats for this week's Tuesdays with Dorie pick. I made these with Kayte and Tracey. We tweeted our progress and questions and I had so much fun doing bake alongs with them.

This recipe was pretty easy to put together, and you put aside some of the crust to use for the topping. The middle layer is a chocolate and peanut butter concoction that has raisins and peanuts mixed in. Dorie points out that the topping is supposed to be fun, so not to obsess too much about making it uniform. So I just tossed chunks of the topping on the top and baked it. I should have taken more time to apply it evenly as it didn't melt down evenly. Dorie suggests the recipe makes 32 bars but they are so rich that I cut mine into 64 pieces.


Initially, I wasn't thrilled with these because they seemed too sweet, but as my taste buds adapted to the raisins, I had to admit they were good. They were very popular at work. If you'd like the recipe, Lillian will have it posted, or why don't you just buy the book?

Thanks, Lillian, for picking such a winner for us!

24 comments:

natalia said...

Ciao ! I was afraid too but unfortunately loved them !!!

Sabrina said...

Your bars look wonderful!!

Mary Ann said...

I agree that cutting them into smaller pieces is a better idea! Glad they were a hit!

thewhimsicalcupcake said...

They look yummy! I made half a batch and cut them into 36 - 1" pieces which is perfect for that grab-and-go treat that won't make you feel (too) guilty if you eat two ;)

spike. said...

glad they worked for you on second tasting

chocolatechic said...

What's not to love?

Why the raisins of course...;)

These were so wonderful.

Karen said...

I think I would have liked the raisins in these but my family wouldn't so they didn't make the cut. They were sweet though weren't they?

Katrina said...

Mmm! I would have loved the raisins, but I knew my family wouldn't, so I went with pecans and caramel. Divine! Naughty. Scary good for me. I only ate a few bites and have been letting the kids eat them up! What, with the good wholesomeness of oats, they're healthy, right?!!

Jennifer said...

These were delicious!

Yours look wonderful!

Kim said...

I left out the raisins and the husband loved them. I'll have to give them a try. Your bars look wonderful.

Megan said...

Sometimes I wish I was still on Twitter - it would have been a lot of fun to bake along!

Mary said...

I left the raisins out and my taste buds needed no time to adapt. I am packing them up now to give away before I eat them all! Yours look great, and I think your topping is much more even than mine.

Cakelaw said...

These were amazing - sounds like you had fun making them as a group.

Sweet and Savory said...

Your chocolate looks so thick and yummy. Mine did not come out with so much chocolate.

Susan said...

I'm with you...what's not to love! These are so good. I am glad I sent most of them to work with the hubby. I can't stop eating them. Yours look great!

vibi said...

Very well done Leslie! Those were definatly sinful, and were a huge hit at home (thank goodness I only made half a recipe!) ...and I'm glad to read you had as much succeess with them at work!

Carol Peterman said...

Your bars look so good. I really liked these, but didn't find them to be overly sweet. I used a slightly dark chocolate, which could have made the difference.

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

These look great. What fun to do a bake along!

PheMom said...

I love how thick your chocolate layer turned out!

Kayte said...

You forgot to mention that you were the motivation behind it all...Tracey and I normally wait until the last possible moment to make TWD, but you lit the fire...and I even got next week's done because of you also, so for that I really thank you! That's the most ahead I have ever been! Your bars look perfect, whether you thought so or not, they look it! It was so much fun baking with you! Hope we can do it again soon.

Mary Ann said...

Your bars look so delicious!
Thank you so much for the granola bars and the fruit and nut bars! They are wonderful. I hope you saved some for yourself.
I have been snacking on them and the kids are loving it too!
Thanks!

TeaLady said...

YES!! Good. Very sweet to me.

Liz said...

Yes--these were big fatties but oh so good. After I made them I thought that adding PB chips instead of raisins would have been delish, and would have cut more of the sweetness.

Nancy/n.o.e said...

I'm beginning to think your coworkers are spoiled! Glad the bars were a hit. They really grew on me, too.