This might just be one of the best cookie bars I have ever eaten--ever! They are so rich and so decadent you can only eat a small bit at a time. My kind of cookie!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
lightly grease bottom of 13" x 9" pan.
1 can (15 oz) of Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 TBS Butter (real butter if you can, real margarine if you can't, but NOT any tub spread)
1--6 oz package of Chocolate Chips
1 Tsp Vanilla
1/2 Cup Butter, softened (yes, I know it is listed twice, lol.)
1 Cup Brown Sugar, firmly packed
1 Large Egg
1 1/4 Cups All-purpose Flour
1 Cup chopped nuts (optional but ohhhh--so tasty!)
1/2 Cup uncooked oatmeal (just have to throw in something healthy.)
Combine condensed milk and 2 TBS of butter and the chocolate chips in a double-boiler. Don't have a double-boiler? Me either--but I just put the ingredients in a saucepan, and set that in a frying pan of boiling water.
Cook on low, stirring constantly, until chips are melted. Add vanilla, stir, and let this cool while you mix the rest of the ingredients.
Cream the 1/2 Cup of butter and sugar. Add the egg, and stir that in. Next, mix in the flour, oatmeal, and nuts. Press only 2/3rds of this dough into pan. Pour melted chocolate mixture on top of dough. Carefully (because it may be slightly hot still) lick spoon. With a different spoon, drop small piles of the remaining dough all over the top.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25-20 minutes.
Cool, cut, and eat!