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Caramel-Chocolate Oat Squares

 Caramel-Chocolate Oat Squares
In the summer, we often have weekend guests who go boating with us. These sweet, chewy bars are the perfect treat to take along. Since I can use my microwave to prepare a batch, I don't have to heat up the oven--and my kitchen. -Kellie Ochsner, Newton, Iowa
16 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 24 caramels
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Directions

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, heat butter, uncovered, on high for 20-30
  • seconds or until softened. Combine flour, oats, brown sugar, baking
  • soda and salt; stir into butter until blended.
  • Set a third of the mixture aside for topping. Press remaining mixture
  • onto the bottom of an 8-in. square microwave-safe dish. Cook,
  • uncovered, on high for 1-2 minutes or until crust is raised and set
  • (crust will be uneven), rotating a half turn after each minute.
  • In a 1-qt. microwave-safe dish, heat the caramels and milk,
  • uncovered, on high for 1 minute or until melted and smooth, stirring
  • every minute. Sprinkle chips and nuts if desired over crust. Pour
  • caramel mixture over all.
  • Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture; press down lightly. Microwave,

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Caramel-Chocolate Oat Squares (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • uncovered, on high for 2-3 minutes or until the caramel is bubbly,
  • rotating a quarter turn every minute. Cool before cutting. Yield:
  • 16 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 284 calories, 14 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 207 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.