This morning brought mine and my nearly-six-year-old's first snow-shoeing experience. My oldest boy, who did not take his first step until he was three years old, was running around in sub-zero temps with snow shoes strapped to his feet. I don't know that I would have believed this three years ago! I'm a proud mama. And I want more snow-shoeing! Er, maybe when it's 20 degrees warmer outside.
Tomorrow is Elijah's sixth birthday, so I have cupcakes to bake. In the meantime, I will share these delicious bars with you. This recipe comes from my husband's side of the family. After I made this batch, he sank his teeth in and said, "Mmmm, childhood." Gotta love treats that bring back a little piece of childhood.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
Mix until crumbly. Press half of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine:
14-oz. bag caramels, unwrapped
1/4 cup milk
Warm over low heat, stirring constantly until caramel is melted and smooth.
Remove the bottom crust from the oven and sprinkle an 11.5-oz. bag of milk chocolate chips evenly over the top.
Pour the melted caramel evenly over the top of the chocolate and top with the remaining flour-oats crumbles.
Bake for an additional 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Let cool completely before serving.
Enjoy! I hope you are staying warm, wherever you are today!