Salted Caramel Oatmeal Bars

A bit of messy yumminess in your fingers here, people! These Salted Caramel Oatmeal Bars are HEAVENLY! Great to have in the house for nibbles and also a great party food.

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Favorite things from this week:

- These bars, of course. Look at them! Believe it or not, they are even more delicious than they look.

- Boy snuggles (super missing my boys now that they are both in school).

- Fresh crisp Fall air!

- Time spent with a cherished childhood friend.

- Naps.

If you are looking for an irresistible new dessert recipe, you need not look any further. These are TO DIE FOR.

A warning, though. Your fingers will be sticky after eating them. If sticky fingers bother you, grab a fork!

I ended up giving the majority of this batch away because they were deemed TOO DANGEROUS TO SIT ON MY COUNTERTOP. Ahem, I have a few other of these types of desserts for you to peruse. Like these Strawberry Brownies or these Funfetti Bars or this Ooey Gooey Butter Cake!

Enjoy! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend wherever you may be!

Salted Caramel Oatmeal Bars

Your fingers will be deliciously sticky after eating these irresistible bars!

Contributed by Megan Porta from

Published Sep 19, 2015

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Serves: 24

Total time: 55 min



  • 3/4 cup butter (12 tablespoons), softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups oats
  • 14-oz. package caramels (or caramel bits, which come unwrapped)
  • 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1-2 teaspoons sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla. Mix until creamy.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour and baking soda. Mix well and gradually add to the mixing bowl until fully incorporated. Add the oats and stir until combined. Press 2/3 of the batter into prepared pan with fingers (coat fingers with flour, if needed). Bake in the preheated oven for 8 minutes.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine caramels and sweetened condensed milk. Turn heat to Low and stir often until creamy. Pour caramel over crust and top with sea salt. Drop the remaining 1/3 of batter over the top in clumps.
  4. Bake for an additional 25 minutes and let cool before cutting into squares.