Watkins Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Chocolate Oatmeal Bars11oz pure vanilla

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened, divided

2 cups packed brown sugar

2 eggs

4 teaspoons Watkins Pure Vanilla Extract, divided

3 cups quick-cooking oats

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup chopped walnuts

In a large bowl, cream 1 cup butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Combine the oats, flour, 1 teaspoon salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Press two-thirds of oat mixture into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.

In a large saucepan, combine the milk, chocolate chips, salt and remaining butter. Cook and stir over low heat until chocolate is melted. Remove from the heat; stir in walnuts and remaining vanilla. Spread over the crust. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture.

Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Yield: 4 dozen.

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