Yummy oat bars filled with a gooey layer of caramel, chocolate and nuts!
HELPFUL TIPS: First off, oh my gosh!! I'm not a caramel fan AT ALL, but tried this b/c of the 5* rating. So glad b/c this is out of this world! I love the idea of lining your 9X13 pan with foil. This allows you to just pull it out of the glass dish after it's cooked AND COOLED & cuts down on crumbling. Makes slicing easier. ...just don't rush the cooling process in fridge or caramel will harden! This is a recipe where eyeballing is your best bet. You MUST double the flour, oats, sugar, baking soda & salt, but TOTALLY not necessary to double the chocolate chips & walnuts (sweet overload). I found 1C of butter to be perfect to make the crust stick together. In fact, the second & third time I made this, I didn't bother using a small portion of the crust b/c if you put too much on top, it just falls right off (as excess crumbs). To solve this, when I put the top layer of crumbs on, I press gently into the caramel layer as if I'm making another crust. Makes everything stick together nicely! Used an entire bag of Kraft caramels (14 oz) OR already unwrapped bag (11oz) & 7T of heavy cream was the perfect consistency and enough to cover a thin layer. Caramel takes a little while to melt, so be patient if it's your first time Oh, I've baked this for 25-30 min. depending on oven. Just take out once the top (crust) turns a nice golden brown. Update: I noticed someone said not to use 1min oats. It's ALL I use & everyone always LOVES THIS! - 27 Mar 2008 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I'm a professional baker and was searching for a recipe for a die-hard caramel lover, this one was a huge Hit. These had to be shipped overseas by the way and were fresh tasting to the end. The adjustments I made worked perfectly for me. I used one 9" X 13" pan and one 8" x 8" square pan. I tripled the oatmeal mixture. I doubled the caramel/cream mixture, adding 12 extra caramels plus 2 additional Tbls. of cream. I omitted the nuts because the person receiving them doesn't eat nuts; instead, I added more chococate chips (dark choclate, their favorite). I added about 8 minutes to the final baking time; the top turns a nice, golden brown when the bars are ready. Don't bother trying to cut these until they're cool. The 8" X 8" pan yielded 16 bars. The 9" X 13" pan yielded 24 bars. Simple recipe, rich taste, great with coffee. I wrapped each one individually and they made a delightful presentation in the giftbox, very homemade appeal, buttery taste. This one I will use again in gift assortments, very well received. - 16 Apr 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Kraft now makes a bag full of pea sized caramel bits which work great for this recipe, rather than unwrapping the squares.. - 23 Oct 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)