Vanilla Cream Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

If gooey is your thing, you will love these. If gooey is not
your thing, you won’t. But who isn’t in to gooey baked goods?  Nobody that I associate with.
These are rich, chocolate-y, oatmeal-y, caramel-y goodness.
There actually is no caramel involved, but the sweetened condensed milk has
that effect on things.
2 cans (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 ½ tablespoons vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips
2 sticks butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ½ cups flour
2 cups old fashioned oats
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 375.
Mix the milk, vanilla, and chocolate chips in a bowl. Set aside.  In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar
together.  Add the vanilla and eggs.  Slowly mix in the flour, oats, baking soda,
and salt.  Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan.
Spread about half of the oat mixture into the bowl, and press down. Bake for
about 8-10 minutes.  Pour the milk
mixture over it (adding more chocolate chips if your heart desires), then drop
the remaining oat mixture in clumps on top. It should be scattered-looking so
the milk seeps on top and creates a delicious-looking effect.  Bake for about 20 minutes. Let cool
completely before slicing. Actually, I refrigerated mine a bit to help fully set the condensed milk mixture. I don’t have that kind of time when I’m baking and sampling.