Ridiculous Revel Bars Recipe: If Oatmeal Cookies, Fudge & Brownies Had a Baby by Donna John

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a year ago

Ridiculous Revel Bars Recipe: If Oatmeal Cookies, Fudge & Brownies Had a Baby

What's a revel bar? A revel bar is an oatmeal cookie bar that has a chocolatey, fudgy filling in the middle. I think it's more like if brownies, fudge and oatmeal cookies had a sweet delicious baby. It's said these bars are called revel bars because people revel in delight after eating them. I definitely believe that!

The oatmeal cookie layer is made with butter, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, quick oats, flour, baking soda and a pinch of salt. The batter is used as the base of the bars and as the crumble topping. The chocolate layer is made with sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, butter, salt, vanilla and chopped nuts.

You can use your favorite chocolate chips for this dessert recipe, but semisweet are my favorite. Make these cookie bars gluten-free by using gluten-free flour. If you don't like nuts, leave them out! If you do use nuts and have the time, give them a quick toast in a dry skillet to bring out even more flavor.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12+


Oatmeal Bar

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar 
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • big pinch of salt


  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 bag (12 ounces) chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla 
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Cream the butter and brown sugar together with an electric mixer. Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Stir in the baking soda, salt, oats and flour until combined. Put about 2/3 of the mixture into a greased 13x9-inch baking pan. Press down to cover the bottom of the pan. 
  2. To make the chocolate layer, put the sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, butter and salt into a saucepot. Cook over low heat, stirring, until smooth. Stir in the vanilla and nuts. Remove from the heat. Spoon the filling over the oatmeal layer, spreading to cover the entire top. 
  3. Sprinkle the remaining 1/3 oatmeal mixture over the top. 
  4. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for about 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown. 

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Pecans $4 & Up
Walnuts $3 & Up
Brown Sugar $2 & Up
Vanilla Extract $4 & Up
Quick Oats $2 & Up
Chocolate Chips $3 & Up

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Ridiculously delicious!
How many eggs please? Sounds delicious
Donna John
The amounts are listed in ingredient list. Two eggs. Let us know how they turn out for you! Happy baking.
Yeah, I checked 3 times and they weren't listed earlier. Thank you for the update. Can't wait to make them and will gladly share how they came out.
I would love to add peanut butter to this. Have you ever tried that?
Donna John
No, but I've seen lots or revel bar recipes that call for peanut butter. Great idea!

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