Fudge- Nut Layer Bars

This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: Fudge Nut Layer Bars- Christmas Cookies in March

Yield: 30 bars

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 25 min

Fudge- Nut Layer Bars

This recipe has been a RecipeGirl family favorite for years and years. We always make a couple of batches of these to include with our holiday baking marathons.


1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 large egg, unbeaten
1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x9-inch or 11x7-inch pan with nonstick spray

2. Melt first four ingredients in the top of a double boiler or carefully over low heat (or microwave). Remove from heat and add 1/2 cup walnuts and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Set aside.

3. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

4. Use an electric mixer to cream together the butter and brown sugar. Mix in the egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in the sifted dry ingredients and the oats.

5. Press 2/3 of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread with the chocolate filling mixture. Crumble the remaining batter over the filling and sprinkle with the walnuts.

6. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool completely and cut into bars.

Source: RecipeGirl.com (Mom's recipe box)

5 Responses to “Fudge- Nut Layer Bars”

  1. postedMar 3, 2009 10:02 PM

    This looks amazing! Do you know if I can make these using old fashioned oats instead of quick-cooking? What adjustments would you make?

    • postedMar 4, 2009 5:13 AM

      I believe if you sub old-fashioned for quick cooking, the texture will be a bit different… perhaps not as soft and a little on the grainy side. I know it’s a hassle to keep both in your pantry, but I usually do. If you try the old fashioned kind, do let me know how they worked out!

  2. postedApr 9, 2009 10:53 AM

    I tried this recipe and it was pretty good! I thought the “cookie” layer was just a tiny bit dry, so made it again added 2-3 more tablespoons of butter and more brown sugar for moisture. It was a HUGE hit – thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!! (Oh, I also doubled the nuts – i used pecans – but I double nuts in most recipes. we are nutty kinda people! ha!!)

  3. postedAug 4, 2012 3:46 PM

    OMG! I have been looking for this recipe for years. My Mom use to make these bars. They were my favorite. She did not make them as often as her other treats because they took a little bit more time to make. They are worth it! Thanks for posting it.

  4. postedMar 27, 2014 1:48 PM

    Just made these, absolutely amazing! I substituted some of the flour out for ground flax seed, and used dark chocolate. Love the recipe! Will be making these for family get together’s! It will crush their chocolate cravings!

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