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This three-layer cookie bar only requires one trip to the oven

Staff, America's Test Kitchen on

The idea of making a three-layer cookie bar seems daunting, since the process often involves baking and assembling the dessert in stages. But we figured out a way to do it in one go to make it easier for the home baker.

The trick for this cookie bar is making one dough do double duty, using part of the dough for a sturdy base and the rest to form a crumbly topping.

A mixture of oats and almonds gives these cookie bars a chewy yet crunchy texture, while a creamy fudge filling provides all the sweetness you could want in a dessert.

Milk Chocolate Revel Bars

Makes 24 bars

Note: If all you can find is an 11.5-ounce bag of chocolate chips, there's no need to buy a second bag to make up the extra 1/2 ounce. Either light or dark brown sugar may be used in this recipe.


3 cups (9 ounces) old-fashioned rolled oats

2 cups (10 ounces) all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups packed (10 1/2 ounces) brown sugar

1 cup raw whole almonds, chopped


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