Caramel-Chocolate Oat Squares

Caramel-Chocolate Oat Squares

•    3/4 cup butter, cubed
•    1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
•    1-1/4 cups quick-cooking oats
•    3/4 cup packed brown sugar
•    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
•    1/4 teaspoon salt
•    24 caramels
•    1/4 cup milk
•    1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
•    1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional
1.    In a microwave-safe bowl, heat butter, uncovered, on high for 20-30 seconds or until softened. Combine flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt; stir into butter until blended.
2.    Set a third of the mixture aside for topping. Press remaining mixture onto the bottom of an 8-in. square microwave-safe dish. Cook, uncovered, on high for 1-2 minutes or until crust is raised and set (crust will be uneven), rotating a half turn after each minute.
3.    In a 1-qt. microwave-safe dish, heat the caramels and milk, uncovered, on high for 1 minute or until melted and smooth, stirring every minute. Sprinkle chips and nuts if desired over crust. Pour caramel mixture over all.
4.    Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture; press down lightly. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 2-3 minutes or until the caramel is bubbly, rotating a quarter turn every minute. Cool before cutting. Yield: 16 servings.

Posted on July 22, 2016 and filed under cookies & bars.