Caramel Oatmeal Bars

I heart oats.  Maybe it’s because my mom cooked alot with oats when I was a kid.  They were often in our cookies,  in savory dishes at dinner time, and even in our pancakes.  But combined with caramel? And chocolate?   Need I say more?  I didn’t think so.
These were clipped from a Martha Stewart magazine ( I think) many a year ago.  And I have made them many, many times, and they are always perfect and easy.  They are perfect as little gifts too, I stack a few, wrap with piece of parchment paper (you could even add a strip of printed paper too) and tie with twine or ribbon. 
CARAMEL OATMEAL BARS
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart
48 caramels
1/2 c heavy cream
2 c old fashioned rolled oats
2 c flour
1 c packed brown sugar
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
Melt caramels and cream in a saucepan over medium heat, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Stir together oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
Blend in butter with a pastry blender, or your fingers, until mixture resembles coarse meal.
Line a 9 by 13 pan with parchment, leaving an overhang, or spray with nonstick spray.
Press half the oat mixture in the pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
Sprinkle crust with chocolate chips, then drizzle with caramel.
Top with remaining oat mixture.
Bake until pale golden, 20-25 minutes.
Let cool completely in pan before cutting into squares.
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Comments

  1. The Lowe Girl says:

    Mmmmmmm, I recognize these! Love them!!

  2. I think this might be the recipe for these Carmel Candy bars that the bakery down the street has. They are so good! I'm going to have to try them!

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