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Oatmeal Carmelitas

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Oatmeal Carmelitas
This recipe example from the 18th Bake-Off(r) Contest fits the Sweet Treats category. These bars pair caramel ice cream topping and chocolate in a chewy filling on an oatmeal-brown sugar crust.

Ingredients:

  • Base:

    • 2 cups Pillsbury BEST(r) All Purpose Flour or All Purpose Unbleached Flour
    • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
    • 1 1/2 cups packed Domino(r) or C&H(r) Brown Sugar
    • 1 1/4 cups LAND O LAKES(r) Butter, softened
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • Filling:

    • 1 jar (12.25 oz.) SMUCKER'S(r) Caramel Ice Cream Topping (1 cup)
    • 3 tablespoons Pillsbury BEST(r) All Purpose Flour or All Purpose Unbleached Flour
    • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (6 oz.)
    • 1/2 cup Fisher(r) Chef's Naturals(r) Chopped Nuts

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 F. Grease 13x9-inch pan with shortening, or spray with CRISCO(r) Original No-Stick Cooking Spray. In large bowl, beat base ingredients with electric mixer on low speed until crumbly. Reserve half of mixture (about 3 cups) for topping. Press remaining mixture in bottom of pan.

Bake 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in small bowl, combine caramel topping and 3 tablespoons flour.

Sprinkle chocolate chips and nuts over partially baked base. Drizzle evenly with caramel mixture; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.

Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan, about 1 hour. Refrigerate 1 hour or until filling is set. Cut into 6 rows by 6 rows. Store in tightly covered container.

High Altitude (3,500-6,500 ft.): No change.

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Serving Size: Makes 36 Bars


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