We had our big ultrasound last week and everything went perfectly! Baby measured in at the 49th percentile with very long legs…taking after its daddy already. Baby was a wiggle worm and was constantly trying to suck its thumb. It was just so wonderful to see the little one and have that validation that everything was going well.
Noah went with us and he absolutely loved hearing the baby’s heartbeat. He kept saying “hear the heartbeat again” and the ultrasound tech did three or four separate times for him. She was awesome. On the last one, I recorded it so he can hear it anytime.
So to celebrate the good news, I came home and ate one or three of these. They are one of the most amazing desserts I have made in a long time.
As a kid, I remember my mom loving oatmeal creme pies. We didn’t have them very often but it’s something that always stuck in my mind. So, when I came across this recipe for Oatmeal Crème Pie Bars, I bookmarked it and kept it in the back of my mind for the perfect occasion. When I was searching for the perfect Memorial Day dessert, I remembered this and knew my family would love it. In a little over a day, we destroyed the entire pan and we didn’t even feel bad about it.
They really do taste like the real thing, just without all the nasty preservatives. I don’t mean to be bossy, but you have to make these. Ok?
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp. malted milk powder
- 1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow creme
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9 pan with foil then coat with non-stick spray. This step is important as you have to lift the bars out to cut them in half. In mixer, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add in applesauce, molasses and eggs until combined.
- Mix together flour, salt, baking soda, quick oats, cinnamon and malted milk powder in a medium bowl. Add dry ingredients to the mixer and mix until combined. Spread batter into prepared pan and bake for 18-22 minutes.
- Let bars cool in the pan for 5 minutes then gently lift out by the foil and place on a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Once the bars have cooled, combine all the filling ingredients in a mixer and beat until smooth and fluffy, about 1 minute.
- Using a long, serrated knife carefully slice the uncut bars in half horizontally. Gently remove the top then spread the bottom half with the filling. Replace the top then cut into bars.