Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Bonnie and Clyde Bars


I'm not sure why these are called Bonnie and Clyde bars, but I do know why they are a holiday favourite in the McMillan household! Who can resist thick, fudgey, nutty chocolate sandwiched between a buttery, crumbly oatmeal crust? Make these immediately.


1 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. almond extract
2 and ½ cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3 cups quick cooking rolled oats

Filling Ingredients:

1 pkg. chocolate chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
½ tsp. salt
1 cup chopped pecans
2 tsp. vanilla nut extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 baking pan with butter or non-stick cooking spray.

With a mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, and vanilla and almond extracts.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the rolled oats. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and set aside.

To make the chocolate filling, mix the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, butter, and salt in a saucepan and melt over low heat. Add the pecans and the vanilla nut extract.

Spread half of the oatmeal mixture evenly in the bottom of the prepared pan. Cover with the chocolate mixture and crumble the remaining oatmeal mixture over the top. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and then cut into squares.

*Recipe from Rob and Karen McMillan

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