Oatmeal Caramel Bars

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Oatmeal Caramel BarsHave you ever read reviews of a five-star recipe that everyone is raving about it and then gotten excited to make it, because you know it’s going to be spectacular and your coworkers will just love it? OK good, I thought you have. But have you ever made the five-star recipe that everyone is raving about only to be incredibly disappointed and left wondering HUH? This is one of those recipes.

I took the bulk of the reviewers suggestions and implemented them only to find the end result very eh. The cookie is an ooey, gooey mess of oatmeal, too much chocolate (I know, I never thought I would utter those words either), and a thin layer of caramel. Disappointing. And I’m guessing there will be some left at the end of the workday tomorrow.

32 individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
6 tablespoons heavy cream
2 cup all-purpose flour
2 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9×13 inch baking pan lined with foil or parchment paper. In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt together the caramels and heavy cream, stirring occasionally until smooth.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir in the melted butter until well blended (I used my hands). Press half of the mixture into the bottom of pan. Reserve the rest.
  3. Bake the crust for 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Pour the caramel mixture over the top and then crumble the remaining crust mixture over everything (I used my hands to pat the mixture down).
  4. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until the top is lightly toasted (you may want to check it around 15 minutes). Cool then cut into squares.

Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.


8 Responses to “Oatmeal Caramel Bars”

    Elyse on 1 March 8th, 2009 2:38 pm

    I hate it when that happens. This recipe sounds like such a combination of amazing goodies; what’s not to love about chocolate, oats, and caramel?! I’m so sorry that those 5-star reviews turned out to be not-so accurate. That’s one of my biggest pet peeves. Every food deserves an honest review! (I must say, however, these look pretty darn good from the pictures, so I’m sure there won’t be any leftover tomorrow.)

    bakingblonde on 2 March 8th, 2009 2:59 pm

    Ah, that sucks! I have a similar recipe in my blog that i just love. They are the Oatmeal Carmelitas and are always a winner in my book.
    I totally hear you about the disappointing recipes, I hate when I build up a recipe in my mind based on reviews and ends up just being ‘ok’.

    Better luck next time.

    Kelly J. on 3 March 9th, 2009 7:50 am

    I hate it when that happens. I recently made some cupcakes that looked really tasty and had super reviews but when I made them they came out a little sunken and dry. Even with ganache they were not awesome. I agree that you should be honest in your reviews, and I appreciate that honesty here.

    Julie on 4 March 9th, 2009 11:52 am

    I hate it when that happens – that was my experience with the world peace cookies. I tried them twice, and both times they were so crumbly I couldn’t even get them to form rolls. Maybe I’ll try a third time…or maybe I’ll just stick to hamenstashen.

    Sophie on 5 March 9th, 2009 12:12 pm

    that’s too bad it didn’t turn out well…i often get recipes from the internet and they are generally good, but every once in a while there’s a dud. i also have a habit of forgetting to copy down one or two ingredients…whoops.

    Seanna Lea on 6 March 9th, 2009 12:46 pm

    With that ingredients blend, I almost wonder if they would make a better no-bake cookie. It’s too bad that they didn’t give you the wow factor.

    paula on 7 March 11th, 2009 10:12 am

    I’ve made a similar recipe – the proportions were a bit different. They were good but nothing I could eat too many of. Very rich and sweet and unwrapping caramels is a PITA.

    You should try <a href=”http://cookbookjunkie.blogspot.com/2005/12/chewy-and-delicious.html”these bars. I miss those but we can’t have nuts here anymore due to my son’s allergies and I’m not sure they would be the same without the nuts.

    paula on 8 March 11th, 2009 10:13 am

    Sorry about the error above. You need a preview button!

    Here’s the link:

    Graham Cracker Chewies