Recipes For My Boys: Chocolate Oat Toffee Bars

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Chocolate Oat Toffee Bars

I found this, and other, unnamed recipes not long ago.  Don't you love finding treasures like that?  It was a great gift finding them but I really wish the names had been on them.  NOTE TO SELF:  Write names when jotting down a recipe!!!  

Today seemed like a good day to try these.  I was taking the twins to the movies with their little girlfriends.  They love going and look forward to seeing them each week.  I always bring a special treat for them to munch on in-between the tiny fistfuls of popcorn. 

These turned out soft with chocolate, caramel, oats in a bar that have the buttery taste of toffee.  It's a cookie bar that tastes like candy!  Small pieces are enough to satisfy me.  A nibble here and there do the trick.  My boys would eat big pieces, and all at once, if I let them.  ;D  Make and share with those that make you smile...they taste better that way.  <3 and hugs!

Chocolate Oat Toffee Bars

2 cups flour
2 cups oats
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt plus a pinch
1 cup butter, melted
1 bag caramel bits 
1/4 to 1/3 cup cream or milk 
pinch of salt or 1/8 teaspoon
1 bag chocolate chips, 2 cups more or less 
1/2 cup coconut, optional
1 cup almond slivers, optional

Preheat oven to 350F 
Line 9x13 pan with parchment paper
Mix dry ingredients with melted butter until crumbly. 
Reserve 1  1/4 cup and add coconut, if desired.
Pat remaining mixture in pan and bake for 10 minutes.
While it is baking, melt caramel with 1/4 cream or milk, according to directions on bag.
Add more cream or milk if necessary to make a smooth consistency.  Stir in pinch of salt. 
Take out of oven after 10 minutes and sprinkle chocolate chips over top.
Spread chocolate once melted.
Spoon melted caramel over chocolate.
Sprinkle slivered almonds on top, if using. 
Top with remaining crumb mixture.
Bake an additional 15-18 minutes until done.  
My bars were soft.  I try cooking additional time, 2-5 minutes checking every minute,  to get a firmer texture.  


Spencer said...

Sounds like a nice combination. I would love to try some.

Kim and Julie (Sunflower Supper Club) said...

These look fabulous Debi! Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Potluck!

The Better Baker said...

OOO - how I love these and all the flavors together! I make a similar recipe and use caramel ice cream topping mixed with a little flour for the middle. Thanks so much for linking up at Weekend Potluck....these look mouth-watering!

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