Caramel-Chocolate Oat Squares Recipe
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Caramel-Chocolate Oat Squares Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 284 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 207mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein .


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture; press down lightly. Microwave, 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.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Caramel-Chocolate Oat Squares in Quick Cooking September/October 1999, p31

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rigbyfun 58312
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2012

"Love to make this in the summer."

lisbethpink 74559
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"I love taking this to small gatherings! They're always gone!"

hannabugaboo1 25389
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2010

"its a family favorite. every year people keep asking for it and the recipe. definitely worth trying."

ebeth2007 30032
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2010

"One is good, but no need to go back for seconds."

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