Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Giveaway update and Oatmeal Carmelita Bars!

Hi! I want to apologize for my silence these last couple of weeks. Everyone in my family has been taking turns being ill, then thoughtfully passing it along to the next family member. Actually we've had a rough time with respiratory infections much of this winter. Not fun! 

My plan was to begin my 'bag of tags' giveaway this week (yesterday, to be exact.) I hope nobody will mind if I postpone it for 2 weeks. We're all just beginning to feel better and I'm trying to get caught up with everything I let slide while we weren't feeling well. 

In the meantime I want to share this much loved family recipe for Oatmeal Carmelita Bars! These are seriously scrumptious. They're ooey, gooey, chewy, soul soothing treats that are super simple to make and wonderful to share with family and friends. This is my go-to recipe for bake sales and school events.         

Oatmeal Carmelita Bars

2 cups Caramel Bits (or 48 caramel candies, unwrapped)
6 Tbsp. Cream or Milk
1 1/3 cups All Purpose Flour
1 1/3 cups Quick Cooking Oatmeal
1 cup firmly packed Brown Sugar
1 cup Butter, melted
1 tsp. Baking Soda
½ tsp. Salt
1 heaping cup Milk Chocolate Chips
1 cup chopped Pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 13X9 pan or line with Reynolds Wrap Non-Stick Foil.
In small saucepan combine Caramel with Cream and heat on low, stirring constantly until thoroughly melted and combined. Remove from heat and set aside.
In large bowl mix Flour, Oatmeal, Brown Sugar, Baking Soda, and Salt. Add melted Butter and mix thoroughly on medium speed.  Press half the dough into prepared pan. Bake 8-10 minutes and remove from oven. Pour most of melted caramel evenly over base, reserving a small amount for drizzling over finished bars. Spread chocolate chips evenly over caramel. Sprinkle chopped nuts over bars if desired. Crumble remaining dough evenly over top of bars. Bake for an additional 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and drizzle with reserved caramel. Refrigerate 2 or more hours before cutting into squares.       

I hope you enjoy these as much as we do! Happy baking and I hope you're having a wonderful day! Hugs,

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