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Sea Salt Caramel & Oat Bars

by on August 12, 2014 · 9 comments

Salted Caramel Bar Cookies

This is my updated version of an old classic called “Carmelitas”, oatmeal bar cookies with a creamy caramel filling made with caramel ice cream syrup.  The old version calls for caramel syrup mixed with a little flour to thicken it up a bit.   This new version uses a thicker, less-sweet caramel sauce called Smucker’s […]

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Published on August 12, 2014
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Caramel Bars

by on January 12, 2013 · 7 comments

Caramel Apple Circles

The Easy Chocolate Caramel Bars were great, but I wanted to try a second version a little more like the Sheila’s Dream Bars we sometimes buy at Pot Belly Sandwich Shop. Those bars don’t contain oats, and I read somewhere that the caramel in the middle is the kind used for candy apples.  There are […]

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Published on January 12, 2013
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Easy Chocolate Caramel Bars

by on January 12, 2013 · 4 comments

Quick Chocolate Caramel Bars

I couldn’t decide whether to call these “quick” or “easy” but settled on “easy” because even though you can throw these together in a matter of minutes (no mixer required!), they take a while to cool. These are bar cookies with a shortbread/oatmeal base surrounding a center layer of melted caramel filled Ghiradelli chocolate squares.  […]

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Published on January 12, 2013
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Caramel Filled Oatmeal Walnut Bars

by on November 12, 2012 · 10 comments

caramel-bar

As Thanksgiving approaches, I’d like to give thanks for the caramel bits which have released us from the task of unwrapping individual candies.  The task is tedious in and of itself, but what drives me crazy is how the wrappers always find their way to the floor, where a dog will inevitably be waiting,  leading to the other […]

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Published on November 12, 2012
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Butterscotch Breakfast Bars

by on May 27, 2012 · 10 comments

Butterscotch Breakfast Bars

I’ve been craving healthier cookies this week — not low fat, just cookies with a little less sugar and more whole grain. This batch did the trick. The bars aren’t super healthy given the butter and white sugar, but they’re a good compromise and something the whole family really liked. For the flour, I used […]

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Published on May 27, 2012
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Oat, Chocolate Chip, Butterscotch Bars

by on April 17, 2012 · 6 comments

Oat, Chocolate Chip, Butterscotch Bars

If you like Seven Layer Bars, Hello Dollies and Magic Cookie Bars but find them a little too sweet, here’s an alternative. Adapted from a recipe called Chocolate ‘N Oat Bars, this one is originally from Smucker’s, but with a few little changes. Because I had an open bag of butterscotch chips, I threw in […]

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Published on April 17, 2012
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O’ Henry Bars

by on June 16, 2011 · 16 comments

O Henry

Today’s cookie was inspired by a candy bar introduced in the 1920s called Oh Henry! Made with peanuts, caramel and fudge, some say Oh Henry! was named for a boy who frequented the Williams Candy factory in Chicago, where the bar was invented. Nobody really knows, but claims that it was named after the author […]

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Published on June 16, 2011
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Milk Chocolate Caramel Oat Bars

by on April 26, 2011 · 14 comments

caramel bars with oats

This is an old recipe from Kraft, but I updated it by using their new caramel bits instead of the caramel candies that have to be unwrapped. I also added some chocolate chips and some forgotten chocolate bunny to the filling, where it did indeed melt as I put the hot caramel on, but baked […]

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Published on April 26, 2011