Chocolate Revel Bars (oatmeal cookie bars with fudge layer)

This recipe for Chocolate Revel Bars was inspired by a treasure I found in one of my Mom’s old, well used cookbooks… and they did not disappoint! These Revel bars are made with an oatmeal cookie base, a layer of rich and indulgent fudge, then topped with additional oatmeal cookie dough, nuts and confectioner’s sugar, “ooooh yum!” My favorite way to enjoy these decadent Revel bars is with a scoop of coffee ice cream or fresh whole milk.

If you love baking cookies and bars, you may also enjoy my peanut butter brookies (brownie with peanut butter cookie dough) or Amish chocolate chip cookies. See below the recipe card for step by step photos and notes.

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Chocolate revel bars

Revel Bars

marilynpeight
Imagine an oatmeal cookie combined with fudge and nuts! Revel bars brings these delightful flavors together in one indulgent cookie bar.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Equipment

  • 13 by 9 inch baking dish (linked below)
  • Mixing bowl (linked below)
  • measuring cups (linked below)
  • Spatula (linked below)

Ingredients
  

Oatmeal cookie layer:

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats

Chocolate fudge layer:

  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk

Toppings:

  • 1/2 cup crushed pecans
  • 1/3 cup crushed walnuts
  • confectioner's sugar (optional)

Instructions
 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • Cream the butter and brown sugar together, then whisk in eggs and vanilla extract until the mixture is smooth.
  • Add flour, baking soda and salt, then mix well again until lump free. Gently fold in the rolled oats until combined. *see note. Press two thirds of the cookie dough evenly into the bottom of a greased or parchment lined, 13 by 9 inch baking dish.
  • Melt the chocolate chips and butter over a double broiler while stirring frequently, or in a microwave at 30 second intervals (stir every 30 seconds or so). Once the chocolate chips are melted, whisk in the sweetened condensed milk, salt and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour the chocolate fudge over the oatmeal cookie dough and spread out with a spatula to create an even layer of fudge over the cookie dough.
  • Dot the fudge layer with the remaining cookie dough, then sprinkle the crushed walnuts and pecans over top.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25-35 minutes until the edges are beginning to brown and the cookie dough on the top is golden (these bars are softer if they are not overbaked). Allow to cool, then sprinkle sifted confectioner's sugar over top and enjoy!

Notes

If the cookie dough is too sticky to pass the roll test (roll a walnut sized ball of dough between your hands, if the dough sticks to your palm and is difficult to roll, it is too sticky), you can add another tablespoon to 1/4 cup of flour. The dough should resemble oatmeal cookie dough and should be just thick enough to roll, but not too dry or the base for these bars will be crumbly. 
Additional notes and step by step photos below. 
Keyword Revel bars, oatmeal cookie, fudge, chocolate, cookie bars
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Some Equipment needed for these Revel bars:

  • 13 by 9 inch baking dish I prefer to use a glass baking dish, which makes it easier to check the bottom of these Revel bars for doneness.
  • Mixing bowl Stainless steel mixing bowls are my personal preference for their sturdiness and dish washer friendliness.
  • Measuring cups I also like to use stainless steel measuring cups, because I find them easier to clean than plastic measuring cups.
  • Spatula A spatula is needed to smooth the chocolate fudge layer evenly onto the oatmeal cookie layer.

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Ingredients needed for these Revel bars: Butter, eggs, salt, vanilla extract, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, old fashioned rolled oats, brown sugar, baking soda, crushed walnuts and pecans, flour and confectioner’s sugar (not shown).

Note*

If you only have either walnuts or pecans on hand, or simply prefer one over the other, you can substitute the preferred nut in for the other.

Step 1: Cream butter and brown sugar until well combined. Add eggs and vanilla extract, then whisk together until the mixture is smooth.

Step 2: Add flour, salt and baking soda and mix well to remove any lumps. Gently fold in the oatmeal until well combined. Spread 2/3 of the cookie dough into the bottom of a greased or parchment lined 9 by 13 inch baking dish.

Note*

As mentioned in the notes above, the oatmeal cookie dough should feel thick like oatmeal cookie dough. The cookie layer is the base for these Revel bars and needs to be thick enough to hold the fudge layer, but, you also don’t want the cookie base to be too dry or it will be crumbly.

Step 3: Melt the chocolate and butter together, then whisk in the sweetened condensed milk, salt and vanilla until the mixture is creamy.

Note*

This fudge layer stiffens as it cools, so for the best results you will want to spread it onto the cookie layer as soon as the fudge mixture is well combined.

Step 4: Pour the fudge layer onto the oatmeal cookie layer and use a table knife or spatula to evenly cover the cookie base.

Step 5: Dot the fudge layer with the remaining cookie dough, then sprinkle the crushed nuts over top.

Note*

If you prefer, you can switch it up and the nuts can be added directly onto the fudge layer, then the remaining cookie dough can be spread over top.

Step 6: Bake in the preheated oven for 25-35 minutes, or until the edges are beginning to brown and the cookie dough on top is golden. Allow to cool before sprinkling confectioner’s sugar on top and before cutting. Enjoy!

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2 thoughts on “Chocolate Revel Bars (oatmeal cookie bars with fudge layer)”

  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe!
    Also wanted to thank you for actually putting the recipe before the blog (pics etc) – I like that set out. Thanks you

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