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Old-Fashioned Fudge Nut Bars

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This recipe for Fudge Nut Bars is the second recipe I made for my 25 days of Christmas. It is an oldie but a goodie. My mom has been making this for as long as I can remember and it’s my dad’s favorite. She got the recipe from her grandmother and it’s been passed down to me. At first she wouldn’t share it with me because she wanted to be the only one in the family to make it. I was able to talk her into it once we were living in separate states, haha.

The top and bottom are an oatmeal cookie while the middle is a gooey fudge. My mom and I have talked about trying to make just the fudge sometime but I am not sure it is solid enough to hold up on its own. You can make it with or without nuts, but I made it with nuts this time because they are called fudge nut bars, after all.

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Old-Fashioned Fudge Nut Bars

Gooey Fudge sandwiched between oatmeal cookies
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24


Oatmeal Bottom and Top

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups light brown sugar firmly packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups quick oats

Fudge Middle

  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Grease 9×13 glass baking dish.
  • Cream butter (1 cup) and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla (2 teaspoons) until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, stir flour, baking soda, and salt (1 teaspoon). Stir in quick oats.
  • Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture in small amounts. Mix in between until all of the flour mixture has been added.
  • Use a double boiler to melt chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, butter (2 tablespoons) and salt (½ teaspoon).
  • Stir walnuts and vanilla into fudge mixture.
  • Spread 2/3 of the oatmeal mixture into greased glass pan. Spread fudge mixture evenly over the top, completely covering the oatmeal layer. Drop spoonfuls of the remaining oatmeal mixture on top of the fudge layer.
  • Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until light brown.
  • Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.

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