World Champion Oatmeal Bars


48 soft caramel-candy squares
1/2 cup heavy cream
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter, cut into small pieces


Preheat oven to 350 degrees farenheit. Coat a 9-by-13- inch baking pan with cooking spray. Line with a 9-by-21-inch sheet of parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on each short side. Put the caramels and cream in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the caramels are well melted, about 5 minutes. Let cool.
Stir together the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Blend in the butter with a fork or until the mixture is coarse; press half of the mixture onto the lined pan. Bake until just set and starting to color around edges, about 20 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for about 5 minutes.
Sprinkle the crust with the chocolate chips and drizzle it with the caramel mixture. Top with the remaining crumb mixture and bake until golden, about 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan. Then cut into squares and serve.


These bars are seriously dangerous, I can't walk away with just one. I could sit with a glass of milk and eat them till my thighs begged me to stop. The recipe makes a 9 x 13 baking pan full of oat bars filled with caramel and chocolate chips. The amount of butter in this is outrageous, which is why they're so good. The old fashioned oats are moist but at the same time add a little crunch while the caramel and chocolate give you the chewy sinfully delicious middle that makes this bar addicting. Bake at your own risk!



7 servings


Saturday, November 27, 2010 - 6:41pm


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