It's been a while since I posted something sweet. I think these bars will make up for it. I promise that they will not disappoint. I really don't think it gets better than this - chocolate? check! caramel? check! oatmeal? check! They are phenomenal! And they come together quick and easy!
Chocolate Caramel Oatmeal Bars.
(adapted from Better Homes & Gardens)
2 cups flour
1 3/4 cups oatmeal
1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter (melted)
1 package caramels (unwrapped)
1/3 teaspoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper.
In a large bowl combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Add melted butter and mix until crumbly. Reserve two cups for topping and press remaining mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
Melt caramel with milk - on the stove or in the microwave. Melt/stir until mixture is smooth. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and stir again.
Sprinkle 1 cup of chips over the crust. Cover with melted caramel mixture. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture and top with the rest of the chips.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool. Lift bars out with parchment paper and cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator.