Monday, February 8, 2010

Mennonite Monday - Chocolate Revel Bars

Mennonite Monday started because I wanted to make recipes from the Bethesda Mennonite Church Cookbooks (both the yellow and the white cookbook for those of you who own them). I also wanted to take pictures of each recipe that I made, so I would know for future reference what the recipe should look like. I am by no means a great cook, but I think it will be fun to try new and different recipes each week. Not all of these recipes are for ethnic Mennonite food, but the women from Henderson know how to cook, so I can safely say that these recipes will be good. Check back each Monday for a new recipe and feel free to leave a comment if you have a favorite recipe from these cookbooks, or if you have some tips on what I should make and how I should make it.
This recipe is one of my all time favorites. The recipe for Chocolate Oatmeal Bars or Chocolate Revel Bars is found on page 78 of the white church cookbook.

Chocolate Oatmeal Bars or Chocolate Revel Bars

1 cup margarine
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp soda
1 tsp salt
3 cups quick rolled oats
12 oz chocolate chips
1 can eagle condensed milk
2 tbl butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts - optional

Cream margarine, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla. Sift together four, soda and salt. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Stir in rolled oats. Spread 2/3 of the mixture in a 10x15" pan. Melt chocolate chips and milk. Add butter, salt and vanilla. Spread over top of first dough. Dot on the remaining dough. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. May add 1 cup chopped nuts to filling mixture.

Mixing the first ingredients.

Adding the dry ingredients.

Adding the oats.

Mixing the filling mixture. I do not use the chopped walnuts.

Pouring the chocolate mixture onto the base.

The dotted dough on the top of the bars.

The final product.

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