Mrs. Claus' Cookbook - Festive Filled Bars

Festive Filled Bars

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From the kitchen of Judi Bucher

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Recipe Details

Bake Time:
30 minutes
24 bars
Contains nuts, Good for parties/potlucks, Kid friendly


2 cups oats, uncooked
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup margarine, melted
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1 1/2 cups plain M&M's
1 can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. Grease 15x10 inch pan.

  3. Combine oats, flour, nuts, sugar, soda and salt-mix well.

  4. Add margarine, mix until dry ingredients are thoroughly moistened and mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Reserve 1 1/2 cups.

  5. Press remaining crumb mixture onto bottom of prepared pan.

  6. Bake for 10 minutes.

  7. Melt shortening in saucepan until warm, add 1 cup candies; continue cooking over very low heat stirring constantly with metal spoon and pressing candies with back of spoon to break up.

  8. When chocolate mixture is almost melted, remove from heat and stir in Eagle Brand milk, mixing well.

  9. Spread over partially baked crust to within 1/2in of edge.

  10. Combine reserved crumb mixture and remaining candies and sprinkle evenly over chocolate mixture, pressing on lightly.

  11. Bake about 20 minutes more or until golden brown.

  12. Cool thoroughly.

  13. Cut into bars.


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