Fudge- Nut Layer Bars: Christmas Cookies in March

My mother made these treats for us every year at Christmas. They’re like an oatmeal cookie bar with a gooey chocolate layer. It’s one of those recipes that our family still makes every year during the holidays, even though it’s not at all a holiday cookie. I guess sometimes traditions just stick. They’re seriously a big-time favorite of my brother and my chef nephew. There’s something about them that are really addicting and of course, delicious. I personally hated them growing up. Mom added walnuts, and as a kid I disliked all baked goods with nuts (still do, really). Now I make these without the nuts and have become quite fond of them too: Fudge- Nut Layer Bars (minus the nuts).

Here’s the How-To:
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An oatmeal-cookie dough layer is spread into a 9×13 pan.
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A wonderful melted chocolate layer is spread onto the oatmeal layer. It’s basically chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla & salt. You’ll be tempted to eat it by the spoonful, I promise.
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Dollops of additional cookie dough are disbursed on top.
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Here’s the baked product- not terribly attractive, is it? Don’t let this sway you. It’s good stuff.
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Let them cool, and then cut them into bars.
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See those fudgy layers in there? That’s what makes this recipe so good. That fudge layer is amazing.  You can certainly add nuts if you’re into that. I’m not sure where exactly this recipe originated. My mother was always fond of those little Pillsbury Bake-Off winner booklets, so it very well could have been one of those. In any case, this recipe is definitely a winner… a tried and true RecipeGirl family favorite.

This recipe can be found here:  Fudge Nut Layer Bars

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46 Responses to “Fudge- Nut Layer Bars: Christmas Cookies in March”

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    Michelle — March 2, 2009 @ 6:39 AM

    These look yummy. I don’t know if I’d put the nuts in or not. Hmm. So many decisions!

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    Elle — March 2, 2009 @ 6:44 AM

    Wondering if I have everything on hand to make these right now…

    They look so good!

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    Shari — March 2, 2009 @ 6:45 AM

    Wow, those look delicious! And easy!

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    Judy — March 2, 2009 @ 6:47 AM

    I wish I had this recipe over the weekend. They look soooo good!!!

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    Kara — March 2, 2009 @ 7:20 AM

    Must be something about them that makes them “Christmas” cookies because we had these every year growing up in my house too. I haven’t had them in a few years but this is the perfect motivation.

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    Maria — March 2, 2009 @ 7:23 AM

    I am sure these will be a new favorite at our house! They look delicious!

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    marguerite — March 2, 2009 @ 7:42 AM

    Those look good!!

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    Nancy — March 2, 2009 @ 7:49 AM

    At our house these are called “Fudgy Wudgies”
    and they are a fave. Always great to take somewhere – everyone loves them.

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    sarah — March 2, 2009 @ 7:54 AM

    My grandmother has made these as long as I can remember and I love them! :) They are simple, yet so delcious. You’re right… that fudgy layer is the best!

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    Ginny — March 2, 2009 @ 8:43 AM

    Those look yummy! I have been making these at Christmas since I found the recipe in a 2002 Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Cookie Magazine – they call them “Super Easy Chocolate Bars”. My husband loves them.

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    Heather — March 2, 2009 @ 8:45 AM

    ohhh. those sound just delicious (and way too tasty to only have at christmas!) glad you made them!

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    snooky doodle — March 2, 2009 @ 8:58 AM

    oh these look delicious! Such a nice treat. wish I had some right here :)

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    CakeSpy — March 2, 2009 @ 9:35 AM

    HELL YES!! I used to work at a greeting card company where we’d be designing the Christmas line in March, so we always had christmas cookies then to keep us in the mood. This brings back those fond memories! :-)

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    Cookie Pie — March 2, 2009 @ 9:43 AM

    Oooooh – I think they look fabulous!! I made something similar recently:
    http://cookiepiebklyn.blogspot.com/2009/02/oatmeal-fudge-bars.html

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    Jannette Stevens — March 2, 2009 @ 9:50 AM

    Love your site. The recipes and pictures are the the best. Thank you for sharing.

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    Courtney — March 2, 2009 @ 9:50 AM

    yum, i loveeee oatmeal! those look delish.

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    The Duo Dishes — March 2, 2009 @ 10:19 AM

    Here’s the thing. Oatmeal and chocolate go together like peaches and cream. No matter what!

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    Rosie — March 2, 2009 @ 12:07 PM

    Oh my they look sooooo delicious! Oh I wish I had one to hand right now ;)

    Rosie x

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    grace — March 2, 2009 @ 12:26 PM

    so…what if i flicked off the oat part and just ate the fudge? :)

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    Lori — March 2, 2009 @ 12:51 PM

    Oh wow, these look like an amazing treat! Why I have no idea what you are talking about, I believed the picture that they are in indeed good stuff. :) They look great!

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    ingrid — March 2, 2009 @ 1:14 PM

    Those look good….you’ve convinced me that that chocolate layer is something I must try. Growing up I never liked nuts in my desserts either but now I do(actually until I started blogging), go figure!
    ~ingrid

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    Esi — March 2, 2009 @ 1:56 PM

    I love chocolate and oatmeal together. These look fantastic!

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    Susan — March 2, 2009 @ 2:12 PM

    damn gestational diabetes! i want to make these right now.

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    Elyse — March 2, 2009 @ 2:44 PM

    Oh, no. Those bars ARE attractive. They’re extremely attractive, and I feel quite attracted to them right now. Oatmeal cookie with gooey fudge. Sign me up! These look amazingly delicious.

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    kayceebeebee — March 2, 2009 @ 2:46 PM

    I saw your recipe this morning and made them this afternoon. They look delicious. I did not add nuts and I only had milk chocolate chips so I used them instead of semi-sweet chips. The bars are cooling right now. Looking forward to having one for dessert tonight.

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    Jennifer — March 2, 2009 @ 6:12 PM

    Those are simply irresistible!!

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    patsyk — March 2, 2009 @ 6:21 PM

    I thought I was the only one who didn’t like nuts in my baked goods! Those bars look wonderful (and w/o nuts is my preference).

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    Bunny — March 2, 2009 @ 7:18 PM

    You had it with gooey chocolate center!

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    Lynda — March 2, 2009 @ 7:52 PM

    Those look so good; you can’t go wrong with chocolate!

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    Kristen — March 2, 2009 @ 7:56 PM

    The ingredients in that kind of remind me of no bake cookies, but baked into a scrumptious bar. They look fantastic!

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    maris — March 2, 2009 @ 8:18 PM

    Mmm once you cut them they look unbelievable…they look like brownies wrapped up inside delicious cookies.

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    sharon — March 2, 2009 @ 9:30 PM

    not terribly attractive? They look amazing to me! I’m not a huge fan of nuts in sweet desserts either, but I’m coming around.

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    nina — March 2, 2009 @ 11:01 PM

    You must be the queen of sweet things. Every time you just amaze me with all the flavors and textures you come up with!!!

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    Pigpigscorner — March 3, 2009 @ 3:40 AM

    This looks amazing! Love the layers!

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    Patricia Scarpin — March 3, 2009 @ 4:14 AM

    I’m glad you did not wait until Xmas – these are irresistible!

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    Christy — March 3, 2009 @ 4:54 AM

    Oh my-these looks irresistible! I know my kids will love these and I have all the ingredients to make these today as a special treat. Yay!

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    Tracy — March 3, 2009 @ 6:22 AM

    The fudge looks like creamy goodness. Love it.

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    Katrina — March 3, 2009 @ 11:58 AM

    Goodness, Yum! I’d love those–and with nuts, please!

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    Mark Boxshus — March 3, 2009 @ 11:58 AM

    Hi Lori
    Now you’ve done it. I just happen to have all of these ingredients on hand, so guess what I’m about to do? I’m making this for dessert to go along with your “Coq au Zin” recipe which I love and have made to rave reviews before. You just took over here……..lol

    Mark

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    JennDZ_The LeftoverQueen — March 3, 2009 @ 12:31 PM

    Wow, those look really decadent! Yum! I just had a big lunch and my stomach feels like it is busting just looking at those!

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    dawn — March 3, 2009 @ 1:15 PM

    Now these I love. Love that last shot!

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    VeggieGirl — March 3, 2009 @ 1:56 PM

    MARVELOUS BARS!!

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    Josie — March 3, 2009 @ 9:33 PM

    Those cookies look divine – I am going to come up with an excuse to make these. Whole grain desserts are good for you, right?? :)

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    Deborah — March 5, 2009 @ 12:57 PM

    Ooohh, I can see why you bring this one back from your childhood!

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    Nick — March 5, 2009 @ 7:18 PM

    This certainly does look appealing! I would like 3 please!

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    sandra — December 29, 2010 @ 5:25 PM

    I CAN HARDLY WAIT TO COOK THESE. I BUY THE AT A LITTLE SHOP AND THEY ARE SOLD IN 2 INCH SQUARES. I COULD NEVER GET ENOUGH. NOW I CAN MAKE MY OWN. THANKS