Betty's Crunchy Brownie Bars

Recipe by SharleneW
READY IN: 1hr 5mins
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • Crunchy Layer
  • 34
    cup flour, sifted
  • 14
    teaspoon baking soda
  • 14
    teaspoon salt
  • 1 12
    cups quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 34
  • 34
    cup butter, melted
  • Brownie Layer
  • 1
    (21 1/4 ounce) package brownie mix (Betty Crocker Hershey's Triple Chunk Supreme)
  • 3
    tablespoons water
  • 12
    cup vegetable oil
  • Frosting
  • 1 12
    unsweetened chocolate squares (1 1/2 ounces)
  • 3
    tablespoons butter or 3 tablespoons margarine
  • 2 14
    cups confectioners' sugar, sift if lumpy
  • 1 12
    teaspoons vanilla
  • 3
    tablespoons hot water
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DIRECTIONS

  • For crunchy layer, combine flour, soda and salt; stir in oats and brown sugar.
  • Add the 3/4 cups melted butter and pat mixture in bottom of an ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  • Bake at 350°F for 5 minutes; at this time it will not be completely baked.
  • While bottom layer is in the oven, prepare brownies as directed on package.
  • Spread batter in pan over crunchy layer.
  • Return to oven and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes until done (do not over bake).
  • Prepare frosting when brownies are cool.
  • In a small saucepan melt together chocolate and the 3 tablespoons butter.
  • Remove from heat; immediately add confectioners' sugar, vanilla and 2 tablespoons hot water.
  • Stir until smooth; add remaining tablespoon hot water to make a soft, pourable consistency.
  • Spread over brownies while frosting is still hot; let set until firm.
  • Cut into bars.
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