Butter Pecan Oat Bars with Chocolate Filling

They say the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. If that’s the case, it means either my mother loves me very much, or she’s trying to kill me at a young age by sending me into a diabetic coma.

Butter Pecan Oat Bars with Chocolate Filling

She stopped by the other day and brought these to us. They are little squares of evil, sweet and chewy and chocolatey evil I tell you. So much so, that we’re freezing most of them because they’re SO rich and decadent, you gain weight just looking at them.  This is the type of treat you take out once in a while to be savored. Thanks, Mom, for thinking of me. :)

Butter Pecan Oat Bars with Chocolate Filling
recipe courtesy About.com

6 ounces butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened
3/4 cup dark or light brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 box (18 ounces) butter pecan cake mix
2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

**Filling**
1 can (15 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
Pinch salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup chopped pecans

Preparation:
Heat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 9x13x2-inch baking pan.

Beat 6 ounces of butter with the brown sugar until light; beat in eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Slowly beat in the cake mix and rolled oats until well blended.

In a saucepan, combine the sweetened condensed milk with chocolate chips, a pinch of salt, and 1 tablespoon butter. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until chocolate chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Stir in the chopped pecans.

Spread about 2/3 of the cake batter in the prepared pan. Spoon filling over the cake layer and spread to cover. Pinch pieces of the remaining batter and arrange the pieces evenly over the filling.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until nicely browned and firm.

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