Hi everyone it’s Brandy from Nutmeg Nanny. I’m here today to bring you all a delicious Christmas cookie bar recipe. Yum!
To be completely honest I’m not really sure what screams Christmas about these bars except for the fact that I only make them around Christmas time. As I think about it I should probably make them more often because they are always a crowd-pleaser and always make a delicious midnight snack 🙂 Like many of my favorite recipes the thing I love most about this is the fact that it’s super simple to make. I swear! The hardest part about making this bar cookie is unwrapping all the caramels. If you are like me you give this job to someone else in the house 🙂 Then it makes the cookies even easier to make! The cookie has a nice sturdy oatmeal bottom and is then topped with melted caramel, chocolate chips and some scattered oatmeal mixture. I like to line my pan with my foil that way I can easily pull it out of the pan and cut into bars. No fighting with the pan to get that first one out. I also recommend cutting the bars into small pieces. I recommend this for two reasons. One because they are a bit sweet to eat in large slices and two because they will be sure to be such a big hit that the smaller you cut the pieces the more you will have to put on the plate 🙂 Enjoy!!!
Chewy Caramel Oatmeal Bars:
3/4 C. butter – melted
1 C. flour
1 C. oatmeal
3/4 C. packed brown sugar
1 t. baking soda
1 bag caramels – unwrapped
1 T. butter
3 T. milk
1 package (6 oz) chocolate chips
1/2 C. chopped nuts (I usually leave these out)
Preheat oven to 350 F. In a small mixing bowl, combine butter, flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, and baking soda; mix well. Put 3/4 of butter-oatmeal mixture in an ungreased 9×13 pan, pressing evenly over the bottom of pan. Bake for 10 minutes. In a saucepan, combine the caramels, butter, and milk and heat, stirring, until the caramels are melted. Pour caramel mixture over the baked crust and sprinkle with chocolate
chips and nuts. Top with remaining butter-oatmeal mixture. Bake for 15 minutes more. Cool and cut into bars.
Also please check out Chaya’s blog Sweet and Savory Says It All for information about the Chanukah All Through the Year Cheer giveway. Chaya was nice enough to handle this holiday since Faith and I are not Jewish. Thanks again 🙂