I love M&Ms, so about once a year, we splurge and try to find them or a similar candy for this recipe. After Colin learned the letter “M” with M&Ms for his preschool activities last week, we made this dessert. It is so delicious and very sweet. It will definitely fulfill your chocolate cravings. For fellow missionaries, you do need the condensed milk, so you couldn’t do this recipe if you don’t have access to that. But the chocolate chips can be substituted with any chocolate bar you can find to melt for the fudge part; and the M&Ms can be substituted with whatever candy you think would work well on top. I substitute margarine for shortening and don’t put in any nuts.
When I got married, my sister gave me the best present–a cookbook of beloved family recipes. This one was in there. What a treasure!
Recipe for Fudge-Filled Bars
Cooking Time Required: 20-25 min. Preheat oven @ 350°
Ingredients and Directions:
2 c. quick-cooking oats 11/2 c. all purpose flour
1 c. packed brown sugar 3/4 tsp. salt
1 c. butter or margarine, melted
1 c. chopped pecans
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 c. (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
2 T. shortening 1 c. plain M & M’s
In a bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, and salt. Add butter and mix until crumbly. Stir in the pecans. Set aside 11/2 c. for the topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into a greased 13″ x 9″ baking pan. In a saucepan, combine the milk, chocolate chips and shortening; cook and stir over low heat until chips are melted. Spread over crust; sprinkle with the reserved crumb mixture. Top with M&M’s. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until edges are golden brown.