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Wink, Wink, Fudge, Fudge Cookie Bars

fudgebars This baby screams share me, making it a perfect potluck recipe. Not just any potluck, a big potluck. Get your brick of butter out; let’s start.

While I did find this recipe online, it’s certainly the kind of dish you’d find in a community cookbook. Ever since being asked to take part in a chic urban community cookbook put together by Club Club, I’ve been drawn to the cookbook section of antique stores to see if any vintage community cookbooks are lying about.

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I’ve found a couple of nice ones. I chose them mostly based on the fact that they seemed well used and had loose papers sticking out (which I promptly added to my collection of “papers found in books”). Like most things that you approach blindly, it’s tough to know what’s promising. Not to mention, it made me wonder, why would anyone give up a cookbook with golden recipes? Especially one whose recipes may only be written in the few dozen copies distributed half a century ago. All that being said, I have bought just a couple and have yet to dive into any of the vintage treats they offer (you guessed it, lots of jelly moulds).

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All this talk of communities and vintage recipes makes this feel like the perfect place to mention that I do welcome submissions and requests. Of course, you (or the author you recommend) will get full credit for the recipe. Recipe sharing is such an age-old custom (truly, as much as keeping secret those beloved family recipes). It’s almost impossible to go to a potluck without asking for, or giving someone, a recipe. The recipient of the new recipe takes it, builds on it, changes it, makes it their own and brings it to a potluck and the process starts over.


In this spirit of sharing, I also share music because I believe music is as important as food. Today’s song is from last year. It’s called “Applesauce” by Animal Collective. They’re a really eclectic band that has become quite popular over the last decade and a bit. I love listening to them when driving in the mountains.

Wink, Wink, Fudge, Fudge Cookie Bars
(Found at Love, Life, Lavins)
Makes about 24 bars.
  • 1 1/3 cups butter, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (Eagle’s brand works best)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F (175˚C).
  2. Cream together 1 cup of the butter, eggs and brown sugar.  Beat in the vanilla and milk.  Slowly stir in the rest of the dry ingredients and mix well.
  3. In a saucepan over medium heat melt together the sweetened condensed milk, 1/3 cup butter, vanilla and semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  4. Spread three-quarters of the cookie mixture on the bottom of a greased 13″ x 9″ pan. Spread the cookie mixture out evenly over top. Then, drop spoonfuls of the remaining cookie mixture on the top. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the top becomes golden brown. Put pan on cooling rack and cool completely before cutting. Place squares on a serving dish and bring to potluck.

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This entry was posted on August 22, 2013 by in Bars, Quick And Easy, Sweets, Vegetarian and tagged , , , , .

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