These are the ultimate sweet treat. Easy to make, rich from the chocolate, and gooey from the caramel. The oatmeal on both sides really helps balance out the richness and a glass of milk is essential.
These bars are not particularly Christmas-y, which I love. I think they are great for year-round. I decided to make the photo look Christmas-y, because my house basically looks like the scene when Buddy the Elf recreates the North Pole in Macy’s. I couldn’t really get away from it, just for the photoshoot.
In case you were wondering, yes a Christmas tree was damaged for this photo. As I was snipping a limb off of the back of my tree, and ornament slipped into the dark abyss underneath the tree, which gave me the great idea to put some ornaments in the photo as well.
I know you are in the kitchen baking all types of Christmas bars and candy, so go ahead and whip these up, too!
- 1 cup of Flour
- ¼ teaspoon of Salt
- ½ teaspoon of Baking Soda
- 1 cup of Oatmeal
- ¾ cup of Sugar
- ¾ cup of Butter, softened
- 40 Kraft Caramels, unwrapped
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons of Heavy Cream
- 1 cup of Chocolate Chips, semi-sweet
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Prepare an 8x8 pan with parchment paper, leaving 1-2 inches hanging over the sides. Spray lightly with Pam or Baker's Joy.
- In your mixing bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking soda, oatmeal, sugar, and butter together until well combined.
- Take half of that mixture and press down into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
- While that is baking, melt the caramels and cream in a microwave safe bowl, stirring every 30 seconds, until smooth.
- When the bottom half is done baking, pour the caramel in, then sprinkle the chocolate chips on top. Evenly distribute the rest of the flour/oatmeal mixture on top of the chips.
- Bake for an additional 20 minutes.
- Let cool for 20-30 minutes, remove the bars from pan and slice into bars.
Happy Cooking, The Barbee Housewife