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!

Chocolate Caramel Bars

This is one of my husband's favorite recipes from childhood. We love these!

Contributed by Megan Porta from pipandebby.com.

Published Feb 19, 2013

Serves: 24

Total time: 45 min

Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 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
  • 14-oz. bag caramels, unwrapped
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 11.5-oz. bag milk chocolate chips
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Mix well. Stir in the melted butter and mix until crumbly. Press half of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the caramels and milk. Warm over low heat, stirring constantly until caramel is melted and smooth.
  3. Remove bottom crust from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the top. Pour the melted caramel evenly over top of the chocolate. Top with the last half of the flour-oats crumbles. Bake for an additional 15 minutes. Let cool completely before serving.