You can't make me calculate the nutritional info for these...I won't do it!
Wild horses couldn't drag it from me! (name that movie...)
I will, however, say that the above picture just does not do these little beauties justice. They are amazing. A brown sugar and oatmeal layer topped with a chocolate layer topped with gooey caramel topped with more brown sugary goodness...oh my!
I got this recipe a few years ago when my neighbor locked herself out of her apartment. I let her use my phone and hang out in my living room until the locksmith came. In return, she made me these! They were so good that I begged and begged for the recipe. I am so glad she gave it to me.
To begin with, you're going to need some quick-cooking oatmeal, flour, salt, brown sugar, baking soda, and butter.
Place 3/4 cups of butter in a mixing bowl, stick it in a microwave, and melt it.
Add 1 cup flour...
...1 cup quick-cooking oats...
...3/4 cup brown sugar...
...and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Mix together to form a crumbly mess of deliciousness.
Press half of this gooey mess into a 9x9 inch pan (or a pan of similar size). Notice that I said half. This is important - you'll want the other half later.
Toss your pan in the oven, and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Then, pull it out and grab these two items:
Yes, that's right. You want a cup (or slightly more, if you are like me) of chocolate chips, and a half cup of chopped pecans. Sprinkle these babies right over the top of your oatmeal mixture.
And now for something amazing - combine 3 tablespoons of flour with 3/4 cup of caramel topping.
Spread your caramel mixture over the top of everything else and then proceed to lick the spoon you used to stir it up with...and the spatula you used to spread the caramel with...and then the bowl that you stirred it in. And then ignore the fact that I ended everything in that previous sentence with a preposition.
Now, remember how you saved half of that oatmeal mixture? Well, if you haven't eaten it already, sprinkle it over the top of your caramel.
YUM! But don't eat it yet!
Bake 15-20 minutes longer at 350 until it's nice and golden.
But wait! Don't eat yet!
You need to chill it for 1-2 hours. Trust me! This dessert is fabulous all hot and gooey...but it's also amazing after it's been chilled. And, if you plan on cutting it into bars and serving individual pieces, you are going to want to chill it first.
1 cup flour
1 cup quick-cooking oats
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 t. soda
1/4 t. salt
3/4 cup margarine, melted
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
3 T. flour
In a large bowl, combine flour, rolled oats, brown sugar, soda, salt, and melted margarine. Blend well at low speed to form crumbs. Press half of crumbs into bottom of 9x9" pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips and pecans. Blend caramel topping and 3 T. flour; pour over chocolate and pecans to cover. Sprinkle with remaining crumbs. Bake 15-20 minutes longer or until golden brown. Chill 1-2 hours. Cut into bars.
This recipe is linked to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday , Tasty Tuesday, and Tuesdays at the Table