There are just some things that cannot be substituted or duplicated. Like ranch dressing, hazelnut spread, cherry pie filling, or Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups. Try as you might, it’s just impossible to make some things at home that work as well in recipes or taste the same as certain foods, whether you like it or not.
Another example of this is sweetened condensed milk. This tooth-achingly sweet version of milk in a can makes so many recipes taste fabulous and they just aren’t the same without it. Can you make it at home? Most likely. Would it taste the same? Probably not. But I’m willing to have someone else do the work for me in this case.
If you happen to have some of that fabulous milk on hand, you probably also have the rest of the ingredients to make this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe, Chocolate Oatmeal Almost-Candy Bars. These bars are composed of an oatmeal cookie-like layer on the bottom, a rich fudge center, and are dotted with more oatmeal cookie dough on top. Mine were made without the peanuts and raisins to increase their chances of being eaten at my house, but I know they would be great if you like them at yours.
Give Lillian a visit at Confectiona’s Realm to see the recipe or find it in Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.