9.24.2017

Pecan Caramel Bars






Guys. Guys. Guys.

Did you see the title of this recipe? This dessert is basically a match made in heaven for me. I love caramel and I just discovered last Thanksgiving that pecans are delicious (Sorry Jop! (she's allergic)). These bars are loaded with an oatmeal cookie crust, a chocolate layer, an ooey-gooey caramel layer, and topped off with more crumbled oatmeal cookie crust. These bars are heavenly - even my mom who doesn't like caramel loves them. Trust me on this one guys, these are a must bake. (Recipe adapted from My Baking Addiction)


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats 
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped pecans 
  • 40(ish) individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
  • 5 TBSP heavy cream

Directions: 
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. 
  • Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with foil, leaving an overhang for easy removal. Spray the pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. 
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar. 
  • Add in the melted butter and vanilla extract. Stir to combine. 
  • Press half the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan to form the crust. 
  • Bake the crust for 8 minutes. 
  • Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt together the caramel and heavy cream, stirring occasionally until smooth. 
  • Remove the crust from the oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips and pecans. 
  • Pour the caramel mixture over the top. 
  • Crumble the remaining crust mixture on top.
  • Place the pan back in the preheated oven for 15-17 minutes. 
  • Remove the pan and allow the bars to cool to room temperature. 
  • Cut into squares and serve. These will also store beautifully in an airtight container in the fridge or air temp. Just bring to room temperature before eating. 
  • Enjoy! 

These bars are absolutely amazing and if you haven't already preheated the oven, I suggest you do so right now. As always, please share pics on insta and any thoughts down below, I'd love to see/read them! 

XOXO,


Samantha



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