These bars have become one of my favorite treats to make. Who doesn't love a treat involving chocolate, caramel and oats? They are ooey-gooey and oh so delicious. I now keep caramel ice cream topping on hand just so I can make this recipe!
WARNING: Make these bars at your own risk... seriously, you can't eat just one!
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup quick cooking oats
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup melted butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 ounces chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
3/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease one 9x9 (or 8x8) inch square pan. Combine flour, baking soda, oats, brown sugar, salt and melted butter. Mixture will be very crumbly. Press half of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Let cool slightly then sprinkle chocolate chips and chopped nuts over the crust. Drizzle ice cream topping over chocolate chips. Top with remaining oatmeal mixture and press firmly. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Let bars cool before cutting.