This recipe contains oatmeal, caramel and chocolate, and makes really chewy, delicious bars.

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
18
Yield:
3 dozen
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

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  • Peel the plastic wrapping from the caramels and melt them in a saucepan over medium heat along with the milk. ( If using a microwave, use a large, microwave-safe bowl, melt the caramels and milk in the microwave at medium power for 2 to 3 minutes, checking every 20 to 30 seconds.) Stir and set aside.

  • Melt the margarine and combine with flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt.

  • Press slightly more than half the oat mixture into a greased 11 x 7 inch pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of the mixture, then pour the caramel over the chips. Top with remaining oat mixture.

  • Bake for 20 minutes; cool. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts

273 calories; protein 2.9g 6% DV; carbohydrates 40.2g 13% DV; fat 12.5g 19% DV; cholesterol 1.7mg 1% DV; sodium 213.3mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2004
This is nearly identical to one of my favorite dessert recipes. My technique is a little different, but the basic idea is the same--and really delicious! I spread about 2/3 of the oat mixture in the pan, bake for 12 minutes, then cover with the caramel and a mixture of the leftover oats and the chocolate chips before baking another 15 minutes. This gives a nice firm base to the bar, and a gooey blended top layer! Yum! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/10/2004
The taste is great but the consistency is total mush - way more than just chewy. If I make these again I might double the amount of the crust (oat mixture) for a more solid base. I also might soften the butter instead of melting it. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2004
This is nearly identical to one of my favorite dessert recipes. My technique is a little different, but the basic idea is the same--and really delicious! I spread about 2/3 of the oat mixture in the pan, bake for 12 minutes, then cover with the caramel and a mixture of the leftover oats and the chocolate chips before baking another 15 minutes. This gives a nice firm base to the bar, and a gooey blended top layer! Yum! Read More
(46)
Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2006
These are excellent! Something to make the recipe even easier is to substitute caramel sauce for the wrapped caramels (omit milk too!). They turned out just as delicious with this change. I also double the oatmeal base as it is much better with a thicker bottom. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2003
I brought these bar cookies into work and everyone raved about them. At least ten people asked for the recipe. It was very easy to make and assemble. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/10/2010
The taste was awesome but I too had a problem with it being very gooey. I tried the hint about baking the bottom for 12 minutes first but it still came out too gooey to actually cut into bars. However we will eat it even if we have to use a spoon! I have it in the refrigerator now hoping that I will be able to cut it when it's cold but not too sure. I probably won't make this again because of the messiness of the finished product. Read More
(9)
Rating: 3 stars
09/10/2004
The taste is great but the consistency is total mush - way more than just chewy. If I make these again I might double the amount of the crust (oat mixture) for a more solid base. I also might soften the butter instead of melting it. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2004
I made this for a 4th of July cook-out and they were gone within a couple hours. I didn't have an 11x7 pan so I used an 8x8 and it turned out perfect. My husband is already begging me to make this again. Simple and delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2007
The recipe I have for this is doubled and bakes in a 9x12 pan. Also pecans are added with the chocolate chips and caramel. The caramel are melted with evaporated milk. Very rich and very good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2009
I have been making this exact recipe for years. I don't change a thing and they come out perfect everytime. They are always quick to go when on an assorted cookie tray. Great for the chewy chocolate lover! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2006
These are SO good!! They are very rich but delicous. We have nick named them "Ewey Gooey Bars". Everybody loved them. Even the hubby who is not too big on sweets had seconds! Said they had great flavor. Read More
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