Chocolate Caramel Bars

My family has always enjoyed making Christmas cookies. I remember digging through recipes as a kid, hoping to find the perfect treat for the holiday season. The tradition has slowed down over the years (as my family has started to spread out), but I know it will never die. My mom asked if I wanted to make chocolate caramel bars for dessert on Christmas Eve and I jumped all over the opportunity.

My mom picked out the recipe, but I did all the work. I only tell you that because I’m not the greatest cook in the world. That means this recipe is easy enough for anyone who wants to do it. Here’s how it goes!

Chocolate Caramel Bars

Chocolate caramel bars

Chocolate Caramel Bars

1 bag Kraft caramels
6 tablespoons evaporated milk
1 cup flour
1 cup quick oats
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 (6 ounce) package chocolate chips

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix flour, oats, salt, baking soda and brown sugar. Pour in melted butter; stir. Press half of the mixture into 8×8-inch greased pan. Bake for 12 minutes.

While the bars are baking, melt the caramels and evaporated milk (microwave on high for two minutes, stir, and then microwave for two more minutes). Stir and set aside.

Remove the bars from the oven, sprinkle chopped nuts and chocolate chips across the top. Spread the caramel mixture over the top, and then sprinkle the rest of the crumb mixture evenly over the caramel. Bake for 25 more minutes.

The recipe says the chocolate caramel bars should set overnight and I agree with that. We ate a couple of the bars about an hour after I made them on Christmas Eve (they were delicious), but I think they were even better after sitting until the next day.

The biggest pain of making the chocolate caramel bars was unwrapping all of the Kraft caramels. I needed a larger number of bars, so I actually doubled the recipe when I made them. That meant unwrapping two bags of caramels. I’ll say this though — it was better than making the caramel from scratch, and it was all worth it when I saw the caramel oozing out of the bars when I pulled them out of the oven.

The chocolate caramel bars got rave reviews from everyone who tried one (or two or three). I even got praise from my sister, and she’s picky. I might have been the biggest critic. I was honestly hoping the bars would taste a little more like caramel. With that said, I still highly recommend the chocolate caramel bars to anyone who wants to make them.

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Chocolate caramel bars

Chocolate caramel bars right out of the oven