Chewy Oatmeal Bars

A good bar is chewy but not too dry. This one features a classic assortment of oats, chocolate, caramel and brown sugar.

Makes 20 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ cups (3 sticks) butter, melted
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag chocolate chips
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag caramels
  • 5 tbsps skim milk

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl combine flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir in melted butter until thoroughly mixed. Set aside half of mixture. Press the remaining half of mixture into a 13×9×2-inch baking pan. Bake 10 minutes; sprinkle chocolate chips on the baked crust.

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine caramels and milk. Microwave on high power about 3 minutes or until caramels are melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Pour caramel mixture over chocolate chips. Sprinkle reserved oat mixture on caramel layer. Bake 20 minutes. When completely cooled, cut into bars.

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