Caramel and Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Since the first three days of the 24 Days of Christmas Baking has featured cookies, I think it is time to change it up. So, today’s post is going to be a square, and not just any square, but my favourite one that I make each year. Make a combination of oat crumble with caramel and chocolate chips and turn it into a square… WORKS FOR ME!

Caramel and Chocolate Oatmel Bars

One thing I love about this recipe, and actually for many square recipes, is that it is so easy to make. Whereas, some cookie recipes have more difficult pressure points, this recipe is almost as simple as mix stuff together and press it into the pan. There are days in life that all you have time for is to mix stuff together and press it into a pan. I love a good cookie, but there is something special about squares. It is honest food. There is not a lot of frill or fancy decorations; it is just good, tasty ingredients mixed together well.

Mix the flour, oats, brown sugar and baking powder in a bowl. Stir in the melted butter until it forms a wet crumbly consistency.

Take half the crumble mixture and dump it into an ungreased 13×9 pan. Bake in a 350F oven for 15 minutes.  Unwrap the caramels and pout in a glass or stainless steel bowl with the milk. Place on a pot that is half filled with water. Bring the water in the pot to a boil. This will slowly melt the caramels in the bowl. As you stir the caramel and milk will combine to create a smooth caramel sauce.

Once the pan comes out of the oven, sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly across the crumble base. Pour the caramel over the chocolate chips. Spread the remaining crumble mixture evenly on top and bake for another 10 minutes at 350F.

 

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Caramel and Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 24
Author Steve Cylka

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 30 kraft caramels
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups cocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Mix the flour, oats, brown sugar and baking powder in a bowl. Stir in the melted butter until it forms a wet crumbly consistency.
  2. Take half the crumble mixture and dump it into an ungreased 13x9 pan. Bake in a 350F oven for 15 minutes.
  3. Unwrap the caramels and pout in a glass or stainless steel bowl with the milk. Place on a pot that is half filled with water. Bring the water in the pot to a boil. This will slowly melt the caramels in the bowl. As you stir the caramel and milk will combine to create a smooth caramel sauce.
  4. Once the pan comes out of the oven, sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly across the crumble base. Pour the caramel over the chocolate chips. Spread the remaining crumble mixture evenly on top and bake for another 10 minutes at 350F.

 

13 comments

  1. Ooh, now this is right up my ally! Looks scrumptious!

  2. This looks so good. Yum!

  3. Love, love these bars!!! I know them as oatmeal carmelitas…one of my favorites 🙂

  4. Yum, yum, yum! Love these. Moist and chewy, how can you go wrong.

  5. I am wondering where all of these delicious goodies are going to…your tummy?

  6. Wow. Those look out of this world good. Great step by step by step pictures Steve!

    Remembering how yummy those bars were last
    x-mas…looking forward to it again this year!

  7. Chocolate and caramel! I’m sold! These sound absolutely perfect!

  8. Made these last night…AMAZING!!!

  9. I will definitely have to try these, my kids will love them!

  10. Totally pinned this one … they look amazing Steve! 🙂

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