A patient gave me this recipe, along with a few sample bars. Since some friends are coming over for girl’s night this weekend, I figured they would be perfect. I have never made them before, but they have all of my favorite flavors, including caramel, so how bad can they be?!
First step is to make the dough. Combine the oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, salt, baking soda and softened butter. I did have to microwave my butter shortly in order to soften it. I used a wooden spoon to stir the dough, but needed my hand also as I was having trouble breaking up the butter clumps. My hand worked out well and it ended up covered in dough anyways to press the mixture onto the bottom of the pan.
The next step is melting the caramel. I have a fabulous recipe for caramel brownies, and I discovered that unwrapping multiple caramels is boring and time-consuming. So I was able to find these at the super Target and they are fabulous. I buy them in bulk now when I can find them, but you can also buy them on Amazon. For this recipe, you melt down the caramels with butter and milk. I have also done this with 1/3 cup of evaporated milk.
After the oat mixture has baked for about 10 minutes, layer the melted caramel, the chocolate chips, walnuts, and crumbled oat mixture on top. This reminded me of making 7 layer bars but without the coconut.
Bake for another 10 minutes and then let cool. This has to be the toughest part…waiting for the bars to cool!
The BOY was the first to try the bars and he agreed that the girls would LOVE them this weekend. The only difficulty was cutting the crumbly bars. I stuck them in the fridge to harden them up a bit, which will allow me to cut them and freeze them for Friday night.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9×13 pan with nonstick spray.
Mix together: 3/4 cups softened butter, 3/4 brown sugar, 1 cup flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 cup oatmeal.
Put 3/4 of the mixture into pan. Press down so bottom of pan is covered. Bake 8-10 minutes. Cool.
Melt 25 Kraft caramels with 3 tsp butter and 3 tsp milk in microwave for ~3 minutes. Stir until smooth. Pour over crust. Top with 1/2 cup very finely chopped walnuts, 3/4 cups chocolate chips and the rest of the first mixture, crumbled over the bars.
Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into squares.