Chocolate and Caramel Oatmeal Bars

October 10, 2013

Not too very long ago, my mom gave me a good size stack of cookbooks.  They aren't anything fancy, just those paperback cookbooks that are at the checkout at the grocery store.  You know the ones..you have a couple of them, right?  We all do.  Anyway, my kids dove into these cookbooks with great delight. You see, my choice of cookbooks were mostly of the dessert variety.  Well, one was chicken recipes.  Not a great shock in either instance.  Anyway, all five of them sat down with markers and put a giant 'x' on any recipe that sparked their interest, (it was quite adorable, if I may say so).   Among the giant 'x' recipes were these bars.  This surprised me because, my kids are not big oatmeal eaters.  Anything of the oatmeal variety usually gets woofed down by myself or Mr Plain.   I can only assume it was the chocolate that caught their eye. They are their mother's children after all.
These bars are delicious and very addicting. They are packed with oatmeal, chocolate, walnuts and caramel and it's quite possible you may find yourself going back to the pan for seconds and thirds.
I'm thinking my kids need to be in charge of desserts from now on.  What do you think? :)



Chocolate and Caramel Oatmeal Bars
Adapted From Betty Crocker
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Baking Time: 45 minutes
Makes: 24 bars

Ingredients:
  • 1 box yellow cake
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup caramel sauce
  • 3 TBSP flour

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 baking dish with foil with extra hanging over the sides. Spray/grease foil.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine butter, cake mix and egg. Mix until mixture is crumbly. Add in oats and mix completely. Use your hands if needed. Measure out 1 1/2 cup of mixture and set aside.
  3. Spread remaining mixture in the bottom of baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes
  4. Remove from oven. Sprinkle on chocolate chips and walnuts.
  5. Mix caramel sauce with flour in a small bowl. Drizzle over chocolate chips and walnuts.
  6. Sprinkle remaining dough mixture over top. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until brown. Cool completely before cutting.

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