Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Cooking Thursday

The recipe I am sharing today is from my daughter Heather.  She brought these to a family gathering and they were so good, I decided to make them for a group of friends from church.  They also loved them and asked for the recipe.  Warning - these are not diet food!  They are rich and can be cut into small squares.  I think it's a safe bet that you'll like them though!


3/4 cup butter, melted
3/ 4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-rolled old fashioned oats (not instant or quick cook)
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1 bag Kraft caramel melting bits
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8×8-inch pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Lining your pan is highly recommended for ease of cleanup due to the stickiness of the caramel; set pan aside.
In a large microwave-safe mixing bowl, add the butter and heat on high power to melt, about 90 seconds.
Add the brown sugar, vanilla, and whisk until smooth.
Add the flour, oats, baking soda, optional pinch salt, and stir until combined.
Add half of the mixture to the prepared pan (just eyeball it), and smooth it with spatula or the back of a spoon, to create an even, smooth, flat layer; set remainder aside.
Bake for 10 minutes. While it bakes, make the caramel sauce.
In a large microwave-safe mixing bowl, combine the caramel bits, cream, and heat on high power in 60-second bursts to melt caramels, stirring after each burst. It will likely take about 4 to 5 minutes total to melt; heat until mixture can be stirred smooth. Alternatively, combine caramels and cream in a medium saucepan, and heat over medium-low heat to melt, stirring nearly continuously, until mixture can be stirred smooth; set sauce aside.
After 10 minutes, remove pan from the oven and evenly sprinkle with the chocolate chips.
Slowly and evenly pour caramel sauce over the chocolate.
Crumble reserved oatmeal-brown sugar mixture over the top.
Return pan to oven and bake for about 15 to 18 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned and center is bubbling slightly.
Allow bars to cool completely in the pan before slicing and serving, giving the caramel time to firm up. This can take up to 4 hours, or overnight, at room temperature.


Anonymous said...

I am in big trouble....caramel anything is a favorite of mine. These sound so good to me. Thanks to you and Heather!

Terri D said...

Oh my oh my!! Butter, brown sugar, chocolate chips, caramels.... almost makes my teeth hurt!! I'm sure it is even more delicious than it looks! Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer Hays said...

OMG, I love these! They're amazing. I'm so glad you liked them too. :)

Betsy Brock said...

Yum,,,,I love caramel! I'll have to try these!

Linda said...

Yummy!!! I'm In!!!--caramel!!:) Blessings

Unknown said...

2,000 calories each, so that makes them at the top of the list of goodies!

Kelly-Anne said...

Oh my goodness! Mari, those sound...and look far too delicious for words:).
Blessings to you!

Amy at love made my home said...

These sound really amazing!!! xx

Sally said...

Look and sound SO good! Knowing me, though, I wouldn't be able to eat just one or two; after ten at night I get the munchies. :)


Sola Scriptura said...

Wow, those look delicious! It looks like a very special treat, perfect for taking to an event.

Beth Cotell said...

OMGeeeeee! These look delicious!!

carrie@northwoods scrapbook said...

These look amazing!! I'd need to put a lot extra on the fitbit with these. Lol!

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