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Dessert: Festive Filled Bars -

Festive Filled Bars

Recipe Ingredients:

2cupoats, uncooked
1 1/2cupflour
1cupchopped nuts
1cuppacked brown sugar
1tspbaking soda
1cupmargarine, melted
2Tbspvegetable shortening
1 1/2cupM&M's
1cansweetened condensed milk

Recipe Instructions:

1.   Combine oats, flour, nuts, sugar, baking soda and salt; mix well. Add margarine and mix until dry ingredients are thoroughly moistened and mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
2.   Reserve 1 1/2 cups of the mixture. Press remaining crumb mixture into bottom of greased 15 1/2 x 10 1/2-in. pan. Bake at 375F for 10 minutes.
3.   Melt shortening in saucepan until warm. Add 1 cup M&M's; continue cooking over very low heat, stirring constantly with metal spoon and pressing M&M's with back of spoon to break up.
4.   When chocolate mixture is almost melted, remove from heat. Stir in sweetened condensed milk; mix well.
5.   Spread chocolate mixture over partially baked crust to within half inch of edge. Combine reserved crumb mixture and remaining M&M's. Sprinkle evenly over chocolate mixture, pressing lightly.
6.   Continue baking for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool thoroughly and cut into bars. Makes 24 servings.
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