Caramel Crumble Bars
So crumbles typically have fruit … but why have fruit when you can have CARAMEL! This was one of my favorite recipes my mom would make for summertime parties that were potluck. I think I’d eat half the pan alone! I don’t know where she got the recipe, but I thought I’d pass it on to you all, and I thought now was a good time. I think caramel is one of the main tastes of the season! So many love pumpkin, spices, eggnog … but you can just give me the caramel!
Caramel Crumble Bars Recipe
14 ounces caramels
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups quick oats
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, melted
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts, optional
1. Preheat oven to 350oF.
2. Melt caramels in cream over low heat, stirring until smooth.
3. Mix baking mix, oats, and brown sugar. Stir in melted margarine until crumbly. Press half of the crumbly mixture into and ungreased rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches. Bake 5 minutes.
4. Sprinkle chocolate chips and nuts over baking layer; drizzle caramel mixture over nuts. Cover with the remaining crumble mixture; press lightly but enough to pack.
5. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Loosen edges from side of pan and cut into bars while warm! Cool completely before removing bars from pan.
These are rich, so I’d recommend cutting the bars small and let people get seconds if they want more!
– If you desire, line your pan with parchment.
– These are great to make a day ahead of time because the caramel sets up more … but not needed.
– Buy a couple bags of caramels in the fall when they’re “in season” for reserves to make this in the summertime. My mom use to bring this dish to 4th of July parties, but I do remember finding caramels to be a challenge … not impossible, just challenging.
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