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Chocolate caramel bars

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!

Printable recipe: Chocolate caramel bars

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Reader Comments (9)

These are in the oven now! Fabulous recipe. Thank you for sharing. I too made these for my husband. :)

02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSandy DeBono

These look so tasty!! Yum!

just made these today! i was scared i wouldnt have enough for the top so I skimped on the crust and ended up getting some top heavy bars. Oh well! I can't wait to eat them anyways!

02.19.2013 | Unregistered Commentermelanie c

these look so good!

02.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDina

Looks awesome! I would so love to try some. I am sure they taste amazing.

02.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSpencer

These sound incredible! Love the caramel oat combination!

Megan, have I already asked you this...............have you tried using the Caramel Bits? Rather than unfolding all of the separate caramels? I tired them once just recently and although I feel they melted slower than the cubed caramels, it was slick!!! I found these at the Eden Prairie local super market. But not in Lakeville, where I live. Food for though :)

02.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTorri

Looks absolutely divine. Can this be made with wheat flour instead of white???

03.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterYarnitect (Dana)

I made these today to serve at lunch at our Church's Upward program.........they were a HIT! I'm sure I will be sharing your recipe with others. Thanks for sharing it with us!!!!!

03.2.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

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