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M&M Oat Bars

 M&M Oat Bars
"These irresistible bars can sweeten any holiday," informs field editor Renee Schwebach of Dumont, Minnesota.
72 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup plain M&M's
  • 3 ounces white candy coating

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt;
  • add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in oats.
  • Press into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at
  • 350° for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire
  • rack.
  • In a microwave, melt caramels with water; stir until smooth. Spread
  • over crust. Sprinkle with the chips, nuts and M&M's. Gently press

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M&M Oat Bars (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • into the caramel mixture. Melt candy coating; drizzle over the top.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes or until set. Cut into bars. Yield: 6 dozen.
Editor's Note: Confectionery coating, sometimes called "almond bark" or "candy coating", is found in the baking section of most grocery stores. It is often sold in bulk packages of 1 to 1-1/2 pounds.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 104 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 56 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.