June 26, 2012

Caramel Chewies

     Hello!  Today's recipe for Caramel Oatmeal Chewies comes from a little cardboard cookbook that I've had for several years now, Nestle's Best Loved Recipes.  I love this little book, there isn't a single recipe that isn't absolutely delicious!  These bars quick and easy to make and are surprisingly quite filling (you only need one to satisfy your sweet tooth... ok, maybe two!)
     I have to be honest and say that I just couldn't wait to take a bite of these bars or take a photo of them so they do look a little goopy.  But after they've cooled just pop them in the fridge for an hour or so and they'll be easy to cut and take out of the pan.
     The original recipe calls for 2 cups of chocolate chips but I find that a bit too much and cut back to 1 1/2 cups.  As for the nuts, I use walnut but would love to try these with peanuts!

Caramel Oatmeal Chewies
  • 1 3/4 cups quick oats
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 cup caramel ice cream topping

1. Preheat oven to 350.  Grease 13"x9" baking pan.

2. Combine oats, 1 1/2 cups flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt in large bowl.  Stir in
butter; mix well.  Reserve 1 cup of oat mixture; press remaining oat mixture onto bottom of prepared baking pan.

3. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.  Sprinkle with chocolate chips and nuts..  Mix caramel topping with remaining flour in small bowl; drizzle over nuts and chips.  Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture.

4. Bake fore 18-22 minutes, or until golden brown.  Cool in pan on wire rack; refrigerate until firm and easy to cut.  Enjoy!

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