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Thursday, May 8, 2008

I'm hitting the bar... Caramel bars, that is

I came across a new-to-me blog the other day and this recipe was at the top of the page. It reminded me of the bars that used to get put in my lunch in high school, which I could have eaten my weight in. Sadly, they fell off my radar for oh, 12 years, but not any longer! I made these bad boys last night and my husband and I could barely wait until they were cool. This one is going down in the books as one of my favorite recipes of all time.

Caramel Bars

1 stick plus 5T butter, melted
1 and 1/4 C all purpose flour
1 and 1/4 C oatmeal
1 C brown sugar
1 and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3T butter, melted
1 14 oz bag of caramels
3T milk
1 C semi sweet chocolate chips
chopped pecans, if desired

Mix first six ingredients and pat 2/3 of the mixture into a 9x13 pan. Bake 10 minutes at 350. Combine caramels with 3T of butter and 3T milk and melt in the microwave, stirring occasionally until smooth (mine took 2 1/2 minutes). Pour caramel over baked crust. Mix chocolate chips (and pecans, if desired) with remainder of oatmeal mixture and sprinkle on top of caramel. Bake 15 minutes at 350. Let cool to form bars or just eat with a fork if you are as impatient as me.

I left the chocolate chips off my half of the pan and added the pecans. My part was ab fab, and my husband tells me that his part with chocolate, no pecans was fab as well. Even though unwrapping forty caramels will drive you insane, it is totally worth it! I'm pretty sure I worked off enough calories unwrapping the caramels to more than make up for the ones I consumed by inhaling three bars. Back to back.

This is some seriously good bar food, y'all. You will find yourself with a plethora of new friends if you are nice enough to share!

5 tips left at the bar:

Andi said...

Sweet! thanks for the recipe. . .

penelope said...

Sounds fantastic!

I heard a tip the other day (from Mel!) for a shortcut on the caramels: use the caramel sundae topping instead. I mean, unless it's important to burn those extra calories with the unwrapping. Genius, no?

Karen said...

We need a picture of these wonder bars! Sounds yummy... are you mailing me some?

Megan said...

Burning the calories is very important considering how many of these things I have eaten. I wonder, though, if the sundae topping would set up like this caramel did? Since it runs at room temperature I don't know if it would...

Karen, I don't think I can get a picture of the bars from this batch. I was so tickled with the recipe that I brought some to work to share and they are disappearing like mad. Maybe the next batch? Oh, and mailing you some... yeah, about that... I assure you that you will want a whole batch all to yourself (and the baby)! :)

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