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Gooey Chocolate Caramel Bars

 Gooey Chocolate Caramel Bars
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.
54 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.