Sometimes things are just THAT good. Like Diet Dr. Pepper and Twizzlers. Just good. The end.
Obviously if you have been reading this blog for any length of time you know how I love my bars. AND you know how I love my salty/sweet. Sorry to be so predictable.
I won’t bore you with a lot of words today because it’s getting late and I haven’t made dinner, started laundry or painted my nails.
ANNND I still have to pack for a trip that I am going on tomorrow with some of the coolest girls in all the land, like her and her and her aaannd her. AND her and her and her and her! It’s all to celebrate our friend Georgia’s new book. So you see, I have lots of things I should be doing, which means I should stop talking now.
Salty Caramel Oat Bars.
OK, here’s what you do…
Mix up the usual suspects in your stand mixer…butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla…
Mix in some newbies, crushed pretzels, oats and, of course, flour…
Press that yumminess into a jelly roll pan lined with foil. You need to save about a cup of the mix for later.
Then bake it up. I am loving my new Frigidaire Gallery Double Oven. The top and bottom ovens are the same size, so you aren’t limited to what you can make.
When they’re done you have to let them cool. But since you lined the pan, they are easy to remove and cut. This is really an awesome recipe for the holidays because this recipe makes a TON of bars! You can get up to 60, depending on the size you cut them!
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1½ cups flour
- 1 cups finely crushed pretzels
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 (14 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk, minus ½ cup)
- 1 (11oz) bag of caramels, unwrapped
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped cashews
- 1 tsp coarse sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 350°
- Line a 15x10x1 inch pan with foil
- With your electric mixer beat butter and sugars together. Add eggs and vanilla until incorporated.
- On low speed add in your pretzels and flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly mix in your oats.
- Set aside 1 cup of your batter.
- Press remaining batter into prepared pan.
- In medium saucepan combine your caramels and sweetened condensed milk over medium heat until caramels are melted and mixture is smooth.
- Pour caramel on oat batter. Sprinkle the cashews, chocolate chips and remaining oat batter on top.
- Sprinkle your coarse sea salt evenly over top.
- Bake for 20-2 minutes until top starts to golden.
- Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.
- When cool lift bars from pan with foil and cut.