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Caramel Nut Bars

 Caramel Nut Bars
No one can resist these chewy caramel and chocolate bars with a delightful oat crust and topping. They make a tempting dessert or a special snack anytime. These rich bars are perfect for a potluck since a little goes a long way. -Pat Hills, South Dayton, New York
36 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients until crumbly;
  • sprinkle 1 cup into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan (do not
  • press).
  • Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. In a small heavy saucepan, cook and
  • stir caramels and milk until caramels are melted.
  • Pour over crust. Top with chocolate chips and nuts. Sprinkle with
  • remaining oat mixture. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool on a
  • wire rack. Refrigerate until set. Yield: 3 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 154 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 104 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.