Oatmeal Bars

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So it’s been a while – about a month! I’ve been steadily saving up recipes and finally got my butt to the grocery store yesterday with a plan: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn, and for dessert, Martha Stewart’s Oatmeal Bars. Lunch isn’t made yet (alright, there was a technical malfunction; the hamburger meat wasn’t taken out till this morning. Not my fault tho! S’what I get for having minions.)

I made the Oatmeal Bars last night, and couldn’t resist a bite last night. They are so good. Obscenely sweet, so make sure you cut them into small pieces. A little definitely goes a long way.

Oatmeal Bars – Martha Stewart

Ingredients
Makes 1 dozen

  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray
  • 48 soft caramel-candy cubes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10 ounces (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-by-13- inch baking pan with cooking spray. Line with a 9-by-21-inch sheet of parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on each short side. Put caramels and cream in a small saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until caramels are melted, about 5 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Stir together oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and the salt in a large bowl. Blend in butter with a fork or your fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal; press half of mixture onto bottom of lined pan. Bake until just set and starting to color around edges, about 20 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack 5 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle crust with chocolate chips; drizzle with caramel mixture. Top with remaining crumb mixture. Bake until pale golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely in pan before cutting into squares.

More photos:

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Getting ready to melt the caramel and cream

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Melting the caramel and cream.

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All melted!

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My parchment papering skillz are mad, yo.

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Dry ingredients are a-mixed.

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I ditched double knives and a pastry cutter for my hands to incorporate the butter.

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First layer in the pan.

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First layer baked and the chocolate and caramel layers have been added, along with the top crust.

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Fresh out the oven.

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Cooled and cut.

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Cooled and cut – I love this photo!

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They were so gooey even after they were cooled. Decadent and delicious! 😀

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