This week we officially began the transition into summer. If you aren't from around these parts, then you have no idea how much so many of us dread summer coming back. The heat is oppression taken to great heights and the humidity lies like a blanket draped across your face almost all the time. It's sort of like being in a rain forest without the rain, since after this month we'll be lucky if we get more than a couple of drops a month until the end of September. I'm one of those folks who dreads summer. This year we had an unseasonably cool spring, so I got to hold onto the hope that summer would just decide not to happen this year a little longer than usual. I got another day this week with a great deluge of rain, but I know this may well be the last good drenching we get for a while. I'm enjoying it while I can and fighting the urge to just go stand in the rain for a while.
Because of the rain outside I wanted to make a really comforting dessert. It's been a rough week so far, so I really wanted one of those desserts that reminds me of grandma's house, cookies baking, hugs, etc..... This dessert certainly fits the bill. It's crammed with chocolate, oats, and condensed milk -- basically all the best things in the world. Plus, the crust is made from biscuits, so that pretty much makes these Southern comfort and love in one baking pan. Make these for yourself or someone you love next time comfort is needed.
Take some canned flaky biscuits and peel them in half. They should be in layers, so this should be really easy to do with fingers. No knife necessary.
Lay all your biscuits out in a baking dish. Overlap all you want because next you're gonna smoosh them out into a crust that covers the bottom and goes up the side of the pan a little.
Sprinkle some chocolate chips in your crust and then pour a can of sweetened condensed milk over them. Yum!
Whip up your oat mixture and spread it out over the top and throw it in the oven.
The best and prettiest part of these bars are the caramelized condensed milk bubbles around the edges of the crust. It took all my willpower to not scrape them out of the pan before I took this picture.
Look at the chocolate gooeyness. Now wipe the drool off your keyboard and go in the kitchen and make some.
Chocolate Oat Biscuit Bars
makes about 36 bars
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16 oz can refrigerated flaky biscuits
1 cup chocolate chips (I use 1/2 cup of semisweet and 1/2 cup of bittersweet)
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 400°.
Peel each biscuit apart to make each into two thinner biscuits. Place the biscuits, overlapping, into a 9x13" ungreased baking dish. Press the biscuits over the bottom and about 1" up the sides of the dish to form a crust. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the crust. Pour the condensed milk over the chocolate chips, taking care to cover the entire crust with the milk.
In a medium bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, melted butter and vanilla; stir until well combined. Spread the oat mixture over the condensed milk and chocolate chips. Don't worry if there are some gaps in the oat layer.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the oats are golden brown and the condensed milk is a little bubbly around the edges. Let cool at least 15 minutes in the pan before cutting into bars.