Twelve Days of Cookies - Fifth Day

My friend, Laurie, brought this recipe for one of our cookie baking days. These cookie bars are rich and messy and gooey and sooo delicious!

There is definitely nothing figure-friendly about these cookie bars. When you put the first bite in your mouth, you can feel your thighs expanding before you have even swallowed! These cookie bars require an extra 10 blocks on my morning walk this time of year (not that it always happens!), but they are delicious.

This is the perfect cookie bar to share, tasting one and giving the rest away – that’s what I have learned to do each year.

Laurie’s Oatmeal Brownie Gems

2 ½ cups oatmeal, uncooked
1 cup flour
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup butter, melted
1 – 12 oz package M & M mini baking bits
1 – 19 to 21 oz package fudge brownie mix (batter prepared as directed on box)

Pre-heat oven to 350ยบ. In large bowl combine oats, flour, sugar, nuts and baking soda; add butter until mixture forms coarse crumbs. Toss in M & M bits until evenly distributed. Reserve 3 cups of mixture. Pat remaining mixture onto bottom of 15’x10’x1’ pan to form crust. Pour prepared brownie mix over crust, carefully spreading into thin layer. Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture over top of brownie mixture. Pat down lightly. Bake 25 – 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs. Cool completely. Cut into 48 bars. (Well this doesn’t quite happen! They always end up large and, therefore, not 48!) Store in tightly covered container.

Enjoy, and beware!

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