A chewy caramel bar made with an oatmeal crust and sprinkled with chocolate chips and m&ms. These are to die for!
I am never turning back from these Oatmeal Caramel Bars. They are my new go-to treat to make when friends and family come over.
My mom made them when I went back to Iowa to visit and I fell so in love I had to have the recipe.
And…I had to share it with you!!
The dessert bars have a little of everything in them. First, the batter is a simple oatmeal cookie batter that has the perfect consistency to be doused with an easy caramel sauce. Then a few extras are added like chocolate chips and m&ms then they are topped with a little more of the cookie dough batter to seal all that goodness in.
I could eat caramel all day every day. I am a huge caramel fan, especially in the colder months. Of my favorites are these salted caramel chocolate chip cookie bars!
I wanted to take a spoon to this but obviously that would have made a mess…a one worth making though!
These are really hard to screw up – you can under bake them or even over bake them and they will still be amazing. I baked them right in the middle to make sure they were still chewy but not too gooey.
Every bite is filled with caramel and either a chocolate chip or m&m. I absolutely love the oats in these…gives them a bit more texture which helps with all the delicious gooey caramel.
These are so fun for kids! My daughter loved helping sprinkle the m&ms and chocolate chips on them.
What kid doesn’t love m&ms right?
These really are too good to pass up. Try making them for your family or for Halloween!
- ¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- 1 cup quick oatmeal
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 32 caramels, unwrapped
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoon whipping cream
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- ½ cup m&ms
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line an 8x8 pan with aluminum foil and spray it with non-stick baking spray.
- Cream together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the oatmeal, baking soda, flour, and salt and mix until just combined. Add vanilla and mix just a few more seconds.
- Take ¾ of the dough and press it into your prepared pan. Bake for 13 minutes.
- While crust is baking, melt caramels in a sauce pan with the butter and whipping cream over medium low heat, stirring often.
- Once crust is done baking (it will still be a little jiggly in the center), pour caramel evenly over the top. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and m&ms then crumble the rest of the dough on top. Bake for another 13 minutes. Let cool completely before removing from the pan and cutting.