It might be obvious that I like making desserts and this one is too good not to share. It’s a recipe I got from Dave’s mom years ago and make on occasion, but every time I make them I ask myself why I don’t do it more often (and then I remember the ingredients; these bars don’t even try to pretend to be remotely good for you, but that’s why they’re so delicious. Treats like this motivate me to keep running on those days when it’s tough.)
Begin with The Crust:
Preheat your oven to 350º
In your standing mixer (and if you don’t have a standing mixer, please just indulge and buy one) mix together 2 cups flour, 2 cups quick-cooking oats, 1.5 cups brown sugar, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 1/4 cup of softened butter (see what I mean…not even remotely healthy…well maybe the oats are. In that case, these are practically a breakfast bar!) Mix at low speed until crumbly.
Take about 1/2 of the crust mixture and press it into your 13×9 inch pan. (I hate directions like these…how can you tell how much half of it is? My rule of thumb is to make sure you have enough in your pan to make a thin crust covering the entire bottom. Also, I prefer to err slightly on the side of having a little too much as a bottom crust rather than a top crust.) Bake the crust at 350º for 10 minutes.
While the crust is baking, in a small bowl combine 3 tablespoons flour and 1 (12.5 oz) jar of caramel ice cream topping. (Yes, you read that correctly. An. Entire. Jar. Just rip those nutritional facts right off and pretend you never saw them.)
Remove the crust and sprinkle it with one cup of chocolate chips and then drizzle on the caramel mixture. (It’s kind of thick, so you might not so much be drizzling it on as spooning it on, but through the power of gravity it will magically become relatively even.) Take the remaining crust and sprinkle it on top.
Bake for an extra 18-22 minutes or until golden.
Let cool for 1-2 hours (yeah, good luck with this part.)
This is such an easy recipe for the goodness you end up with. And while you’re at it, you might as well have one with cold brewed coffee. Treat yo’self.
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