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Oatmeal Bars


Chocolate-caramel-oatmeal squares are perfect for a school bake sale or an after-school snack.

  • Yield: Makes 1 dozen

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Fall


  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray
  • 48 soft caramel-candy cubes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10 ounces (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-by-13- inch baking pan with cooking spray. Line with a 9-by-21-inch sheet of parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on each short side. Put caramels and cream in a small saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until caramels are melted, about 5 minutes. Let cool.

  2. Stir together oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and the salt in a large bowl. Blend in butter with a fork or your fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal; press half of mixture onto bottom of lined pan. Bake until just set and starting to color around edges, about 20 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack 5 minutes.

  3. Sprinkle crust with chocolate chips; drizzle with caramel mixture. Top with remaining crumb mixture. Bake until pale golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely in pan before cutting into squares.

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  • MS10777735
    13 NOV, 2013
    Most requested recipe at work
  • Hippiebird
    10 JUN, 2013
    Followed recipe exactly. DELICIOUS! Really, really good. Buttery oatmeal crust and topping with a tiny hint of salt. Creamy, gooey filling. Couldn't find Kraft caramels so used Werther's soft caramels which worked fine. Great recipe. Will definitely make again.
  • NicoleCh
    23 MAR, 2013
    I love this recipe! I do make a few changes that do not affect the taste at all in my opinion. If I can make something healthier without changing the taste, I feel like I have to do it. First I cut down the butter to 2 sticks, and then I melted it instead of cutting it in. I used 1 cup of all purpose flour and 1 cup of whole wheat pastry flour. Then to the caramels I used a 1/3 cup of 2% milk instead of heavy cream. Additionally, I added chopped almonds to the top layer, which does affect taste.
  • irys
    8 NOV, 2011
    I don't know what happened; I made this according to the directions. My husband said they taste like "nothing" and I agree. Very bland.
  • hannahlj
    11 AUG, 2011
    These are so good!
  • MeridithCrane
    6 JUN, 2011
    Manal4 - I've been making these bar cookies for years. For the filling, my recipe calls for 1 jar of caramel ice cream topping (14-16 oz jar), 1 bag of semi-sweet choc chips and 6T of flour mixed together before spreading on bottom crust.
  • Manal4
    14 APR, 2011
    This recipe sounds very tempting, the only problem that I don't have the caramel candy cubes so I need to know the weight of that amount so I can substitute it with another kind of caramel. so please if anyone know the weight kindly inform me. Thanks alot.
  • JenniferSF
    19 MAR, 2011
    Ooey-gooey and delicious. Used all the butter and the caramels - I baked the lower layer a little longer than the top layer so it was crunchy on the bottom with the crumbly on the top. Definitely a decadent treat but so worth it for the chocolate and caramel mixture between the crunchy oats.
  • MS11205192
    2 NOV, 2010
    Sooooo good! Not too good for you but good for your soul! Would highly reccomend!
  • gmaneat
    10 SEP, 2010
    I made these for my scrapbook group in my home -- most of the ladies loved them. I need the nutrient information though!!!! Not too healthy even with oatmeal!!! :)