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Chocolate Caramel Bars

These Chocolate Caramel Bars are DANGEROUSLY delicious. A layer of chocolate and caramel is nestled between sweet and crisp oats. A must try!

a closeup of a stack of three chocolate caramel bars

These Chocolate Caramel Bars are one of the first recipes I ever posted.

I’m often asked why I started a food blog and my answer is always the same: “I was bored”. We’d just moved to a new house in a new town in a new state, it was the middle of winter and I had two very young daughters who were the focus of my life (and, happily, still are).

I needed an outlet and something that was mine alone. I never dreamed it could and would become my career! I was simply having a good time creating recipes like these Chocolate Caramel Bars and posting them for friends and family.

What’s especially fun is to have a look back to see how much I’ve learned and grown since these Chocolate Caramel Bars were first posted on Feb 25, 2009! Here’s the photo I posted almost seven years ago:

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Small, terrible composition, dark AND a very bluish tint. I can’t even tell what it is! Yet I was doing what I loved and didn’t know any better. And starting from the bottom and learning so much over the past seven years has been an incredibly fun journey.

a stack of chocolate caramel bars on a silver plate

I’m updating the post in the hopes that people will actually get to see these Chocolate Caramel Bars and even give them a try. They’re super delicious and don’t take much time at all to make. They’re sweet but they have a slightly salty finish that balances the flavor.

My favorite part is the outside where it’s a little more crisp but the gooey center is a treat all on its own! They freeze well, too, so I’ll keep a few tucked away for times when I have a craving.

Ingredients for Chocolate Caramel Bars

You can see from this list that these oatmeal caramel bars don’t have many ingredients – just 8 including salt! They’re all common, shelf-stable ingredients (except for the butter, of course, which should be refrigerated), too.

  • brown sugar
  • unsalted butter
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • quick-cooking oats
  • chocolate chips
  • caramel sauce – homemade caramel or store-bought
Chocolate Caramel Bars on a plate, stacked on top of one another.

How to make Caramel Chocolate Bars

  • Beat the butter and brown sugar until it’s smooth and creamy. Add 2 cups of the flour, the baking soda, and the salt and mix well. Mix in the oats until just combined.
  • Press half of the mixture in the bottom of a well-greased 11×7 pan (or 9×13) (spraying one hand with cooking spray makes this less sticky).
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the chocolate chips. Mix the remaining flour with the caramel sauce until it’s thoroughly combined (microwave your sauce to make it easily mixable if you need to).
  • Pour the caramel mixture over the chocolate chips. Sprinkle the remaining crust over the top, trying to cover as much as possible. Bake for another 20-25 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and cooked through.
  • Remove from the oven and allow the bars to cool completely. Cut into bars and serve.

I’ve also made these with a pinch of salt added to the caramel sauce since I love salted caramel. They don’t really need it, but give it a try if salted caramel is your thing.

I’ve also baked them with a base layer of chocolate chip cookie dough and mixed up just enough of the oat mixture for the top layer. Just another example of why these chocolate caramel oatmeal bars are so great – they’re also pretty versatile!

Have you made these Chocolate Caramel Bars? If you share on social media, be sure to tag me @thewickednoodle on all social channels. I’d love to see your creation!

These Chocolate Caramel Bars are DANGEROUSLY delicious!

Chocolate Caramel Bars

Yield: 16 bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

A layer of chocolate and caramel is nestled between sweet and crispy oats. A must try!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups plus 3 tbsp flour, divided
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips, I use a combination of milk and dark chips
  • 3/4 cup caramel sauce

Instructions

  1. Beat the butter and brown sugar until it's smooth and creamy. Add 2 cups of the flour, the baking soda, and the salt and mix well. Mix in the oats until just combined.
  2. Press half of the mixture in the bottom of a well-greased 11x7 pan (or 9x13) (spraying one hand with cooking spray makes this less sticky).
  3. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the chocolate chips. Mix the remaining flour with the caramel sauce until it's thoroughly combined (microwave your sauce to make it easily mixable if you need to).
  4. Pour the caramel mixture over the chocolate chips. Sprinkle the remaining crust over the top, trying to cover as much as possible. Bake for another 20-25 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and cooked through.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow the bars to cool completely. Cut into bars and serve.

Notes

The bars for the number of servings are cut generously. You can get more bars by cutting them smaller.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 354Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 414mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 2gSugar: 32gProtein: 3g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

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Kathryn | FoodieGirlChicago

Monday 1st of February 2016

Two of my favorite ingredients combined together - they look delicious!!

Kristy Bernardo

Tuesday 2nd of February 2016

Thanks, Kathryn!

lindsay

Sunday 31st of January 2016

you should see one of my recipes i first posted. OMG it doesn't even look like food. haha. But this.. this does look dangerously good

Kristy Bernardo

Monday 1st of February 2016

It's so funny to see those old pics, isn't it? And your photos are gorgeous!

Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life

Sunday 31st of January 2016

These look so tempting, Kristy! I might make them as a treat for the kids as a treat after the conference track meet this weekend if I can get motivated enough to bake! I'd be mom of the day...lol. They look so good and I love oatmeal with chocolate. (I'll be saving some for me too!)

Kristy Bernardo

Monday 1st of February 2016

I know you'll love these, Michelle! Cheers :)

Allie

Thursday 23rd of July 2009

Well, I ended up having to go to the store to pick up a perscription for my daughter's ear infection so I went ahead and bought the quick oats. I made these yesterday and they are so yummy. I had to cut them up and put them in the freezer so that I would stop eating them :) Thanks for sharing the recipe. Oh and just an fyi, the ingredients call for 2 C. flour but in the directions you wrote to add in 3 C. flour.

the wicked noodle

Monday 20th of July 2009

Allie - I've never made them with regular oats so I'm not sure. My gut tells me it would be fine, though, so I say go for it! I'll tell you what...if you make them and they don't turn out, I'll personally make you a batch and send you a care package! :)

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