Caramel Bars

25 May 2015

Caramel Bars

Caramel Bars


The dreaded Monday. Back to the grind of..whatever it is you have to do.

Even though I love teaching with all my heart, I can see summer approaching, and I am excited for the lazy days by the beach. Or by the lake, reading in a hammock. Do you think I can swap in a hammock for my desk in preparation?

One can only dream..



Caramel Bars


This is actually a short week for the school I'm teaching at. On Friday, the school is going on a field trip to Canada's Wonderland... Where we get to ride this monster. Which is a little terrifying, since the only amusement park I have ever been to in my LIFE is a little known place called Playland in Vancouver, which scariest ride closed because it probably fell apart.

If anyone has ever been and is wondering which one that was, it was the ride called "Wild Mouse". I swear it was going to break every time I went on that thing.


Caramel Bars


So short week and scary rides? This deserves a baking session!

But if you know me at all, I think every event ever deserves a baking session. But that is beside the point.


Caramel Bars


So remember when I made those homemade caramels? Yeah, I still have them. Not because they don't taste good. Far from it. But that recipe makes SO MANY that there is almost no possible way for the 2 people in my place to eat them all.

So baking with them it is! My solution to everything that I find around my house..


Caramel Bars


These caramel bars disappeared so soon, that I am thinking of making another batch next weekend. I just can't get enough of the pecan, chocolate and caramel combo!! (See these cookies that I have made twice already).

But more than that heavenly combo, I could probably use these bars as currency with my boyfriend, and he wouldn't find it weird at all. When he tried them, he said "these could probably sell in Starbucks for $5 a bar", which, even though it sounds extremely unrealistic, is one of the best compliments I have got out of him about my baking.

Can you get too much of a good thing? I guess we will see next weekend..


Caramel Bars



Caramel Bars
printable recipe

What you'll need:

  • 32 caramels (homemade or store bought)
  • 5 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking pan and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt the caramels and the evaporated milk, stirring until smooth.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, oats, sugar, baking soda and salt. Mix in the butter until fully incorporated. Press half of the mixture into the prepared baking pan. Set the rest aside.
  4. Place the baking pan in the preheated oven, and bake for 8 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with the chocolate chips and pecans. Pour the caramel mixture over top, then sprinkle the remaining oat mixture over that.
  5. Return to the oven, and bake for an additional 12 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Cut into squares.

Adapted from All Recipes



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29 comments:

  1. I'm marking these to try and take down to the college kid taking a class this summer as I know he would love these. Thanks.

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  2. Oh they must be amazing:)

    My teacher daughter spent spring break with her son in Florida at Disney..you should see the rides they went on!!

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  3. Caramel anything sounds amazing!

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  4. I loooove caramel bars and yours looks awesome! Pinning!

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  5. Aww I love how you need exactly 32 caramels - cute! :D
    They look fantastic though, and sure would be good to chill out with after having been out and about on them crazy rides! I myself have never been on a proper rollercoaster or ride of the sort, I'm too much of a sissy. I can imagine the adrenaline afterwards will be cool though!

    But yeh, caramel and crumble goodness with pecans folded in - you....can't really lose, it sounds amazing! Thanks for the recipe :D I'm gonna have to have me a Taste of Madness week in the near future :D x

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  6. i think..these bars is a good way to start a week :D

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  7. Caramel bars, that sounds great! love all those layers :)

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  8. What a delicious way to start the week! These look amazing!

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  9. Hope you survived the weekend! These bars look yummy!

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  10. Hope you survived the weekend! These bars look yummy!

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  11. Oooh caramel and nuts sound delicious. I love and hate roller coasters, I hate it when it's climbing because I'd question myself why am I so silly to take it but after the ride, I couldn't wait to go for more rounds!

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  12. What a delightful combination! I'm IN! We used to take our daughters to Six Flags where my poor husband had to test every ride and decide if we would like it or get sick - LOL. They were all great fun! Hope you have a wonderful time.

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  13. I am not a ride person. I get dizzy just by staring at the merry go round! I would be happy on the sidelines munching one of these!

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  14. Mmm, caramel. Love it, love these -- thanks!

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  15. I love how this looks! The caramel sounds delicious

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  16. I feel the same way about monday everytime weekend ends! But atleast you got these delicious bars to keep you happy!

    Amishi || NaiveCookCooks.com

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  17. Hi Cathleen,

    These caramel bars look irresistibly yummy! Wish that I'm lying on a hammock snacking on these bars too :D

    Zoe

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  18. Caramel Bars looks intriguing, I can finish at least 4 right now! YUMMY!:)

    Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

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  19. love caramel bars!!! and yours look yummy! Pinned!

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  21. Cathleen, these caramel bars look very delicious! I can easily finish few with tea, pass me some :)

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  22. These sound wonderful. You can't beat caramel and oats. Have a great weekend!

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  23. I'm always up for a good bar. And your Caramel bars looks and sound decadent and delicious. :) What a great way to start my weekend baking. ;) Thanks for sharing.

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  24. simply damn delicious snack bar...
    Dedy@Dentist Chef

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  25. These bars looks and sound lovely, I want to taste them now after reading your post.

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  26. These bars looks and sound lovely, I want to taste them now after reading your post.

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  27. these look so good wish I had one now with my glass of milk

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