Chewy oats surround layers of chocolate, caramel and nuts in these hearty bars. Perfect for all occasions.
- 1 3/4 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, (optional)
- 3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
- 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
- 1 cup chopped nuts
- 1 cup caramel ice cream topping
PREHEAT oven to 350º F. Grease bottom of 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
COMBINE oats, 1½ cups flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Stir in butter; mix well. Reserve 1 cup oat mixture; press remaining oat mixture onto bottom of prepared baking pan.
BAKE for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with morsels and nuts. Mix caramel topping with remaining flour in small bowl; drizzle over nuts to within ¼ inch of pan edges. Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture.
BAKE for 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack; refrigerate until firm. Cut into bars.
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I've been making this recipe for my step-daughter since she was in college as a freshman (she is now a graduate, AND a practicing dentist expecting her 2nd child!). She would ALWAYS request this particular goody above all her other favorite things, which are quite numerous! I always kept a bottle of caramel on the shelf, just in case I had to make an "emergency" batch!
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