Gooey Chocolate Caramel Bars Recipe
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Gooey Chocolate Caramel Bars Recipe

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These rich, gooey bars are my most-requested treats. They're popular at school functions, family barbecues and picnics. We like them alone or topped off with a scoop of ice cream.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:54 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 54 servings


  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups cold butter, cubed
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) caramel ice cream topping

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein


  1. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Set half aside for topping.
  2. Press the remaining crumb mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips and pecans.
  3. Whisk caramel topping and remaining flour until smooth; drizzle over top. Sprinkle with the reserved crumb mixture. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for 2 hours before cutting. Yield: about 4-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Caramel Bars in Taste of Home June/July 1999, p39

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Reviewed Nov. 14, 2014

"Very good, but a little too sweet and rich for me."

Reviewed Jun. 12, 2014

"So rich and delicious! I need to try it with ice cream as the description says."

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2012

"I made my own salted caramel sauce instead of using store bought. They came out amazing!"

Reviewed Sep. 10, 2012

"Mmmmmmm... so good! Love the topping! Didn't have enough pecans so mixed with walnuts... delicious!"

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2012

"Of all the things I've baked this is one of my husband's favorites. I love to make these bars with white chocolate chips instead- I've gotten rave reviews with that recipe! I don't know how many times I've given it to someone!"

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