I’m not a big Halloween person.  My neighborhood is mostly retirees, so in the 3.5 years I’ve lived there, I’ve never had a kid come by trick-or-treating.  Sometimes I buy candy just in case, but mostly I just ignore the entire holiday. 

On the other hand, I rarely ignore easy-to-make snack recipes.  So when I saw these bars on You Are What You Eat…or Reheat, I couldn’t pass them up. 

I’ve done a million recipes like these.  My mother used to make them with jelly in the middle (called Oatmeal Jelly Bars, of course).  I’ve seen them with peanut butter in the oatmeal crust and jelly in the middle.  But I’d never seen  a version with chocolate and Reese’s Pieces before.

Halloween Bars

The crust is a basic oatmeal bar crust – flour, melted butter, brown sugar, and oatmeal, some nuts if you like them.  About half of it gets pressed into the bottom of a 13×9. 

For the filling, melt a cup of chocolate chips and some butter in a can of Eagle Brand.  I’m tempted to call it a ganache, but I suspect there’s a Foodie Law against using “ganache” and “Eagle Brand” in the same paragraph, so I won’t.

Pour the chocolate over the crust, sprinkle with the Reese’s Pieces and the rest of the crust mixture, and bake for about half an hour.  That’s it.

This is what you get:

Halloween Bars

Perfect fall munchie food.  I wouldn’t make these all the time – they have an awful lot of processed stuff in them – but they’d make a great quick treat for an office Halloween party.

( see the recipe )

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