Tuesdays with Dorie: Chocolate Oatmeal Almost Candy Bars

January 19, 2010

This week, the Tuesdays with Dorie group made Chocolate Oatmeal Almost-Candy Bars. These were awesome! End of story.

I thought this was a fun photo when I took it, but really it just looks messy!

OK, I’ll give you a little bit more story. I brought these to work as my back-to-work treat, along with these cookies; both treats also went to work with my husband.

What I did:

  • I made the full recipe, which was a lot of bars. I cut them into 60 pieces, and those pieces were plenty big in my opinion; that’s twice as many as recommended in the recipe.
  • I used dry roasted peanuts, which added a great salty kick to the sweet bars.
  • I omitted the cinnamon, because cinnamon does not say “candy bar” to me.
  • I included the raisins, because raisins are one of the most delicious foods ever. I know there are a lot of anti-raisin people out there and I must disagree with you.

How it went: These were easy to make. The base/topping is prepared like a cookie dough. I melted the chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, and butter in the microwave instead of over a double boiler. Bake, cool, chill, cut, done.

How it tasted: My husband and I both thought these were delicious. I am a huge fan of sweet and salty, and dry roasted peanuts added a delicious salty element. My husband liked these a lot and was impressed by the “perfect strata.”

I got some nice emails and comments from people at work, including someone who stopped at my desk and said that the bar was the best work treat she had eaten in years. Someone else told me never to bring them again because they are too good! My husband and said they were a major hit in his office.

Would I make these again?: Yes; these were obviously a crowd-pleaser, and they’re great for a large group because the recipe makes so many. For a smaller group, I’d definitely need to make a smaller batch.

Thank you Lillian of Confectiona’s Realm for this week’s selection. Look on her blog for the recipe, or open your copy of Baking: From My Home to Yours to page 114.


  1. Love the photo ! It’s nice to know so many people loved them !!

  2. I had a similar reaction from my coworkers. They liked them better than I did. Interesting observation about the cinnamon. Hm-m-m. Thinking about that… you might be right.

  3. I am anti raisin, I can’t help it…forgive me?

    These bars were WONDERFUL. One of my TWD all time favorites! Yours look delicious! What a great back to work treat!

  4. I like that photo, Jill! Glad you guys liked this one – we liked it too! Yum!

  5. yup, these were pretty much delicious. i made a half batch (and still got 36 out of them) took half to work with me, the other half went to work with the fiance and two lonely pieces are sitting in my fridge for a chocolate emergency.

    i did skip the nuts because i didn’t have any (sadness) and upped the cinnamon a bit (it really didn’t make it any less ‘candy-ish’) and they were still good. i’ll be making another batch with the nuts!

    and i must agree… raisins are the food of awesome!

  6. I left out the raisins, because we are in disagreement on the beloved wonders of the raisin! 😉

    I also left out the cinnamon.

  7. I like the photo!
    I left out the raisins, because although I would have liked them, no one else would have even eaten them! I made them even more dangerous with pecans and caramel! Love the cookie base, versatile for lots of things! Glad you made SO many people so happy with these!

  8. These were pretty amazing, huh?

  9. No raisins or cinnamon or peanuts for me! They were great, though! Yours look fantastic and I’m glad everyone enjoyed them!

  10. Glad these were such a hit at work. Always nice to pawn off some of the sweets on others. I also used dry roasted peanuts and my husband loved the bars.

  11. How cool that you had such positive reviews!

    I’m on the fence with raisins – I do like them, just not in everything. And with chocolate – naah!

  12. These were da bomb! Yours look great, and I am glad they were a hit at work – same happened at mine. I like your sweet/salty analysis – I hadn’t thought about it, but you’re right.

  13. We raisin lovers need to stick together! I loved these!! Yours look perfect!

  14. Very well done Jill… Love to see how things work in your kitchen, on your cutting board! LOL

  15. yum. i agree with sweet + salty. i’m new to your blog and really enjoy it!

  16. These looks DELICIOUS! I’m kicking myself for not making this week’s Dorie recipe. I love salty and sweet too…

    Don’t you just love it when your co-workers love your treats? 🙂

  17. I think the “messy” photo is perfect for these bars! I wasn’t sure if I’d like raisins in these, but they definitely worked.

  18. 60? you must have cut these big! 🙂 Love it Jill – these were the best (minus the raisins) – and will need to definitely make these again. Dry roasted… hm… that’s an idea! Well done!

  19. These look amazing and dangerous as I think we would eat them all in one sitting.

  20. I’m a little slow getting around this week, so I was happy to see your comment and be able to link right back to you! Yours look great, and from all accounts, and there were a lot of them, they were great! I cut mine small, too, didn’t help, tho, as that just meant they took more each time. I made them again today as they have friends coming over to watch Big Ten Basketball tonight, figured that would be a good treat. Want to bet there are no leftovers?

  21. Look at all of those BARS! I wish I still had some, but I, like you, gave them to coworkers (my boyfriend’s). I couldn’t keep them around too long! Yours look so delicious, I wish I still had some of my own!

  22. Sweet and salty. Like M&Ms with peanuts. Yeah. I can go with that. Maybe that’s why I liked the cashews in mine.

    I love the first shot. REAL food.

  23. Your bars look amazing! They were a big hit at my house!

  24. I’m glad you liked them. Thanks for baking with me this week!

  25. Oh dear. Even though I hate raisins, I hope we can still be friends…
    I agree, these were mighty substantial and I ended up cutting my bars about the size of yours because otherwise they were too huge!

  26. Your cookies look fantastic – I like your photo, it does look fun! I made a lot more than 32 also, I can’t imagine what it would be like to eat a piece that big!
    I left out the raisins and kept the cinnamon. =)
    These were also a huge hit at the Beau’s office, one of his co-workers asked for the recipe!

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