Monday, July 06, 2009

Caramel-Chocolate Oat Squares

This is a recipe I've had for years, it comes from Quick Cooking Magazine. I pulled it out and made these to bring along on a recent camping trip. To me, they are the perfect cookie. And you make them in the microwave, so they are great for summer!

3/4 c. butter or marg.
1 1/4 c. flour
1 1/4 quick cooking oats (all I had was old fashioned oats and they worked fine)
3/4 cups brown sugar (I think I skimped a little on the sugar)
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
24 caramels
1/4 c. milk
1 c. choc. chips
1/2 c. chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

In a microwave safe bowl heat butter for about 30 seconds til softened. Combine flour, oats, sugar, baking soda, and salt, stir in butter til combined. Set 1/3 of the mixture aside for topping. Press remaining mixture into a 8 in square microwavable dish (dough will be sticky, you may need to lick you fingers). Cook in microwave for 2-3 minutes til crust is raised and set. In another microwave safe dish melt caramels with milk stirring every 30 seconds, til smooth. Sprinkle chips and nuts over crust and pour caramel mixture over all. Sprinkle reserved oat topping and press down lightly (I just do teaspoon size globs and press down slightly). Microwave again for 3-4 minutes, rotating every minute til the caramel is bubbly. Cool before cutting.

Note: You may have to adjust the time in the microwave. Mine were a little on the "gooey" side, but I put them in the fridge for a while before cutting and they held together nicely and were oh, so yummy. You could probably bake them instead, if you wanted to, maybe 325 for 15-20 minutes?

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