Monday, August 15, 2011

Gooseberry Patch Recipe #3: Chocolate Oat Chews

I was surprised when Ott, E picked this recipe out of Gooseberry Patch's Homemade Christmas Cookbook as it had marshmallows in it and Ott, E does not like marshmallows.....  Ok this calls for a funny story that I just have to share with you before I share this recipe.  There are two things I don't particularly like to eat; peppers and onions.  So naturally when we go out to eat I try to order things without those 2 items.  One time while we were dating Ott, E heard me ordering and told me I was a picky eater.  There are only 2 things I don't eat, and he's calling me a picky eater.  Well one winter after we were married I made him fudge and the recipe I use calls for marshmallow cream.  Ott, E likes fudge but he didn't like to eat my fudge after he found out there was marshmallow cream in it.  At that point I found out that he didn't like marshmallows so I couldn't resist the urge to tell him "You don't like marshmallow's?  You're a picky eater."

Ingredients for Chocolate Oat Chews
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup quick cooked oats, uncooked
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup dried cranberries (optional)

Blend butter and brown sugar together.  In a separate bowl combine oats, flour, baking soda and salt.  Slowly add dry ingredients to butter mixture and mix until thoroughly blended.  Then set aside 1 1/2 cup of this mixture.
Press remaining mixture into the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
Sprinkle marshmallows on top.
Sprinkle cranberries on top.  (This is optional I threw them in for something different.)
Sprinkle your reserved oat mixture on top of that.
And then sprinkle chocolate chips on top of that.  Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.  Cut into bars and serve. 
As you can see the marshmallows melt into the other ingredients in these bars and give it somewhat of a smore type of feeling and consistency.  Ott, E thought these bars tasted like an oaty version of a rice krispie treat and really like them.  So go figure on his marshmallow issues?!?!
Remember after 7 more recipes I will be giving away a copy of this Gooseberry Patch I am cooking out of, so keep checking back for more recipes and maybe you will be the lucky winner.

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Elena said...

My youngest daugher love marshmallow. Thanks for the recipe!

Our Italian Kitchen said...

Yum! These bars looks perfect for an easy weeknight dessert!

Miriam said...

These treats sound amazing :), Miriam@The Pioneer Cookbook

Jennifer @ Just Peachy in Dixie said...

Mmmm Mmmm! These sound so good.

I would love it if you could stop by my very first blog hop debuting today and share this post!

Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

raising4princesses said...

looks very yummy. And I'm holding with anything that has oatmeal in it is considered very healthy...especially with chocolate chips on it. Thanks for sharing!
I just started a link party on my blog today and I'd be honored if you had time to link this up!

Alea Milham said...

These bars look delicious! i lvoe the combinations of flavors and how easily this recipe can be adapted. Thanks for sharing your recipe with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

Mary Frances S. said...

Hey there! This looks so yummy! I'm going to have to make it for my husband. I'm a new follower from the Monday Mingle. Would love a follow back!

Jocelyn said...

I honestly have never heard of anyone not liking marshmallows! Those bars look so are causing me to crave sugar like right now:-)

Mo 'Betta said...

This seems like it would be a good treat for the kids! (and me...I can't resist chocolate and oats!) I'm not a huge fan of marshmallows...but they are definitely okay baked in something :)

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to try this recipe over the looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to try this recipe over the looks delicious!