Twelve Days of Brownies & Breads - On the Eleventh Day

I struggled for a final brownie recipe, because goodness knows one can only eat so many brownies! Then it came to me, it was right under my nose all the time, how could I have forgotten it?! Oatmeal Brownie Gems.

Oh, and these are my favorite brownies – a girl can have two favorites, can’t she!?

Oatmeal Brownie Gems are a tradition at the annual cookie baking day with my friends. Laurie found this recipe and we have never looked back! (Thankfully, because if you eat too many of these you really don’t want to look back!) We have been baking them for over ten years, oh my, has it really been that long?

Anyway, these are delicious and chocolaty and gooey, especially when they are warm. But be warned, they do crumble pretty quickly so eat them fast, share them and enjoy!

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 (or regular size chopped up)
1 19-21 oz package fudge brownie mix (batter prepared as directed on box)

Preheat oven to 350ºF. 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 this mixture. Pat remaining mixture onto bottom of 15” x 10” x 1” 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 (that never happens!!) Store in tightly covered container.


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