I might like cookies better than bars. In most cases anyway. If you can turn a cookie I like into a thick bar, chances are I’m going to be even more crazy about the bar version than the initial cookie version. Case in point: these oatmeal cookie bars. But then again they have a lot going for them on top of the oatmeal cookie dough part.
So let’s talk about all of these layers.
1) oatmeal cookie dough
2) chewy fudge
3) gooey caramel
4) sea salt + chopped pecans + more oatmeal cookie dough
right?!?! So much yumm.
So think oatmeal cookies but a whole heck of a lot better with the addition of fudge and caramel and sea salt and pecans.
Now stop thinking and get to the making and the eating part.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups brown sugar
- ⅓ cup milk or half n' half
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2½ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 cups caramels
- ⅓ cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
- ¼ cupDiamond Shake & Spoon Chopped Pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 inch pan with foil and grease with cooking spray.
- Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla, and milk and mix until combined. In another bowl stir together flour, salt, and oats.
- Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix well. Spread ⅔ of the batter into the bottom of your prepared pan.
- In a medium sauce pan combine chocolate chips and condensed milk and sit over medium heat until completely melted and smooth. Pour into pan over the layer of oatmeal batter.
- In a microwave safe bowl combine caramels and heavy cream and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir and return to microwave 20 seconds at a time, stirring after each, until smooth. Pour over fudge layer.
- Drop teaspoons of remaining dough over the caramel until remaining dough is used up. Sprinkle sea salt and pecans over the top. Bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.
This tasty bar recipe was sponsored by Diamond Nuts – thanks for letting me work with the brands I love!