I have a million cookbooks. Ok, not quite, but I do have hundreds and hundreds. Tonight, I almost reached for one of my favorites, a Carole Walter or a Marcy Goldman maybe, and probably because I've used them before and trust them completely. But midway through the arm reach, I paused, retracted the arm, took a look around my bookshelves, and did something risky: I grabbed a community cookbook I had never used before. It's called Amish Country Homestyle Cooking and I bought it in Volant, Pennsylvania, on a recent trip. When I found a recipe for a gooey bar (yet totally different from Blondies), I zeroed in. This was a risk well worth taking. I made a few minor adjustments to the recipe, and it came out great! Delicious and easy, which is the perfect combination. You will definitely enjoy!! And I will definitely start using more of my cookbooks!!
adapted from a recipe by Ella J. Shetler
1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 c. oatmeal
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. brown sugar
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 c. butter, melted
1 can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
1 c. chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix everything but the sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips until crumbly. Press 2/3 of this into a 9x13 ungreased pan. Bake 8-12 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Spread the milk on top and add chips, if desired. Sprinkle remaining crumbs on top. Return to the oven and bake for about 15 minutes more or until golden and the surface doesn't move when you shake the pan.