Caramel Oatmeal Bars
Layers of oats, chocolate, caramel and nuts make up these tasty treats.
1 3/4 cups quick or old fashioned oats
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour - divided use
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 (12-ounce) package (2 cups) semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup caramel ice cream topping
- Heat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease bottom of 13x9x2-inch metal baking pan.
- In large bowl, combine oats, 1 1/2 cups flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir in butter; mix well. Reserve 1 cup oat mixture; press remaining oat mixture onto bottom of baking pan.
- Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with morsels and nuts. Mix caramel topping with remaining flour in small bowl; drizzle over nuts to within 1/4-inch of pan edges. Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture. Continue baking 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack; refrigerate until firm. Cut into bars.
Makes 30 bars.