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Oatmeal Chocolate Caramel Bars

Oatmeal Chocolate Caramel Bars on Bamboo Cutting Board

Oatmeal Chocolate Caramel Bars…what can I say?!?! Anything with chocolate and caramel is a win in my book, and these are no different. They are classified as a cookie bar with an oatmeal base, but it doesn’t stop there. They are then loaded with chocolate, caramel, and pecans. To say they are packed with flavor is an understatement. Even my hubby, who isn’t the biggest caramel fan said, and I quote, “You need to make these again.” Why yes…yes I do! No need to tell me twice!

PREPARING OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CARAMEL BARS

All in all, I would say that Oatmeal Chocolate Caramel Bars and fairly easy and straight-forward to make. You’ll start with your buttery, sugary, oatmeal mixture that will be used as both your crust and your crumble topping. Although, I won’t blame you if a few spoonfuls don’t make to either one! I’m a baker, I get it. Taste-testing and nibbling happens. It can be our secret. *wink*

In between base and topping will be your chocolate, caramel mixture, and nuts if you choose to add them. I personally love pecans, but should you have a nut allergy or just don’t like them, you can definitely leave them out. You can even try subbing your cup of nuts out for additional chocolate or another yummy add-in. One thing I plan to try is Heath Bar Bits. I think that the toffee flavor would go together outstandingly with the oatmeal, caramel, and chocolate.

One word of caution that I cannot state enough is to be extremely careful as you are removing your hot caramel from the microwave and pouring it. I’ve made the mistake not once, but twice now, of heating of my caramel in a glass bowl. Glass gets freakin’ hot anyways when heated, and caramel is just scalding when melted. Luckily I didn’t burn myself (again), but came close! I recommend getting a microwave-safe silicone bowl a with pour handle.

Oatmeal Chocolate Caramel Bar

ENJOYING YOUR BARS

So technically your Oatmeal Chocolate Caramel bars should be out of the oven for at least an hour before you cut into them. I’m not that patient, so a little corner may have come up missing around the half-hour mark. There’s nothing better than warm, gooey baked yummy-ness fresh from the oven! These do not disappoint.

What you’ll have is a sweet, crumbly, chocolate oatmeal cookie bar that will be hard to walk away from. As stated above, even my hubby who doesn’t care for oatmeal or caramel desserts gave me his ‘permission’ to make them again.

As always, any crumbs or bits that you have to scrape off of the pan can be stored as ice cream topper. Or, just crumble up a warm one for a cookie bar Alamode. What could possibly be better?!?!

Oatmeal Chocolate Caramel Bar

Oatmeal Chocolate Caramel Bars

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Cookie Bars
Serves: 20-24
Prep Time: 25 Cooking Time: 25

Ingredients

  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup salted butter (melted)
  • 11 oz bag caramels (unwrapped)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 12 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

Instructions

1

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Generously grease and lightly flour a 13-inch x 9-inch pan and set aside.

2

In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, and baking powder. Mix together with a spoon until well combined. Add the melted butter and stir until crumbly. Set aside half of the crumb mixture (about 3 cups) for the topping. Press the remaining crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.

3

In a small bowl, combine the caramels and milk. Heat in the microwave in 1-minute increments on 50% power. Continue to heat and stir in 1-minute increments until creamy and combined. The total time should be 3-4 minutes.

4

Sprinkle the chocolate chips and (optional) nuts over the crust in the pan. Drizzle evenly with the melted caramel mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining crumb mixture evenly to coat.

5

Bake the bars for 20 to 25 minutes or until light golden brown. The edges should be starting to bubble.

6

Cool the bars for at least an hour before cutting. Store remaining bars in an airtight container.

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Jimmy Clare
    September 5, 2020 at 10:29 am

    These look so amazing I must try them

    • Reply
      Ashley Kosky
      September 8, 2020 at 5:26 pm

      Be sure to let me know what you think if you do try them! Thanks for reading!

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    Suzan | It's My Sustainable Life
    September 8, 2020 at 10:37 am

    All my favorites in one bar! What’s not to like in my humble opinion 🙂

    • Reply
      Ashley Kosky
      September 8, 2020 at 5:25 pm

      Right!?!? So much goodness packed into one bar! Thanks for visiting!

  • Reply
    Alexis
    September 8, 2020 at 10:46 am

    Wowza, these sound amazing, I’m a baker also and I know the troubles of that glass and extra H.O.T. caramel!!! I’ve totally saved this bad boy for October baking! I live in Las Vegas, and I hate baking when it’s so freaking hot! But this will be perfect. Wonderful recipe, great info, love your tips!

    • Reply
      Ashley Kosky
      September 8, 2020 at 5:25 pm

      Oh wow, I would imagine baking in Vegas would be super hot! I live in North Carolina, so it gets really humid, but I can’t stay away from making sweets! Thank you for reading, and if you do make them, stop back to let me know what you think!

  • Reply
    Emily
    September 8, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Yum! These sound soooo delicious!

    • Reply
      Ashley Kosky
      September 8, 2020 at 5:26 pm

      Thank you, and thanks for visiting!

  • Reply
    Beth Shields
    September 8, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    These look easy and delicious. I love a good cookie bar – and this certainly fits the ticket. Thanks for your recipe. Really going to enjoy including caramels in my bar cookies – great decadence.

    • Reply
      Ashley Kosky
      September 8, 2020 at 5:27 pm

      Cookie bars are just so versatile. They are amazing! Thank you for reading, and if you make them, let me know what you think!

  • Reply
    MaryJo
    September 8, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Wow, these look heavenly! I’ve pinned it so I don’t lose it. Can’t wait to give them a try!

    • Reply
      Ashley Kosky
      September 9, 2020 at 8:18 am

      Thank you! When you do try them, be sure to let me know your thoughts! Thanks for reading!

  • Reply
    Sammy Jo
    September 11, 2020 at 9:12 am

    Oh MY GOODNESS!!! I’ve been looking for some type of fun brownie oatmeal base! This looks bomb!

  • Reply
    Ayleen French
    September 30, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    Looks yummy!

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