TWD: Chocolate Oatmeal Almost Candy Bars
Ok, so here's the deal: the New Orleans Saints won their playoff game on Saturday which means there is one more playoff game separating them from the Superbowl. I can't say that I'm really a football fan because I only understand the basics of the game and I probably couldn't tell you which cities over half of the NFL teams even come from. But...the Saints represent more than football for New Orleans- I think it would be difficult to find a more loyal fan base than New Orleanians. In short, the city has been going crazy for the entire season. You see, the Saints have never made it to the Superbowl. Ever. And they are not a young team, they were founded in 1967- but the fans have never given up! It's the same kind of attitude that made so many people rebuild their homes and businesses after Hurricane Katrina. Anyway, my mom is a larger than life Saints fan. She talks about the players like they are old friends or, in the case of Drew Brees, her son. She reads, listens, and watches everything she can to find out more about her Boys. As you can imagine, every game also turns into a little party so I brought these Chocolate Oatmeal Almost Candy Bars to my parents' house for Saturday's game.
The bars are made up of a sort of oatmeal cookie bottom layer topped with a fudgy chocolate layer dotted with more oatmeal cookie. The recipe calls for raisins in the chocolate layer and peanuts in the oatmeal one and I omitted both (although I really do want to try it out with both). These were delicious and very simple to make. They pop right out of the pan after cooling for 2 hours and they cut easily after a short stay in the fridge. They are a perfect treat for your Superbowl party.
I made a half batch because I'm trying to stay on top of my Ten in 10 goals but these were such a hit with Derrick (who has been going through sweets withdrawal since I started Ten in 10) that I made another half batch on Monday. In the second batch I substituted peanut butter for half of the butter and they turned out delicious! There are tons of ways you could change these out to suite your tastes! This week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was chosen by Lillian of Confectiona's Realm (you can find the recipe on her blog and in Dorie Greenspan's book, Baking From My Home to Yours). WHO DAT?!