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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Chocolate Caramel Bars

I have to give a GREAT BIG "SHOUT OUT" to my "21" year old Daughter TODAY!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, to you, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you, Happy birthday DEAR  KIMBER, 
Happy Birthday TO YOU!! 
I love YOU to pieces!!
(I guess I can do that since its my blog and all, right?!)

Ever since Kim was just a wee little girl, she has always had a "rainbow chip" birthday cake with "rainbow chip" frosting...it is her favorite of all time...! BUT since she is married and lives FAR FAR away, I don't know what she will get this year. 
I am sure Mike will spoil her with something over the top no matter what, he's just that kind of a guy!!

Even though she adores her fabulous rainbow chip cake, it hasn't stopped her from loving  these Chocolate Caramel Bars too (just not on her birthday). They have an ooey gooey caramel and chocolate center that just melts in your mouth...THEY ARE DIVINE (no lie!)!!! I don't make them very often because they are TOO tempting...but when I do, I am known to eat my fair share of them! They are great
for potluck or family parties because they get devoured quick!
I DARE you to try them....you won't regret it :)

Chocolate Caramel Bars
2 1/4 c. flour, divided
2 c. oatmeal
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 c. COLD butter
2 c. chocolate chips (I've used both semi-sweet and milk chocolate...they are both tasty)
1 c. chopped walnuts
1 jar (12 oz) caramel ice cream topping

IN a bowl, combine 2 c. flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Cut butter in until mixture is crumbly. Divide mixture in half, set half aside for the topping. Press remaining crumb mixture in the bottom of a greased 9x13 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 13 minutes. Sprinkle chocolate chips and nuts on the hot crust. In a small bowl, whisk caramel and 1/4 c. flour until smooth. Drizzle mixture over the top of chocolate chips and nuts. Top with remaining crumb mixture. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting (otherwise your chocolate with ooze out).


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