THESE OATMEAL BARS ARE HIGHLY ADDICTIVE AND IF LEFT ON THE COUNTER, MAY DISAPPEAR BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES.
But seriously, these things are so delicious! I took Dana's originally recipe and made a few changes to fit the likes of our family... well just Haws, who does not like butterscotch (what a shame). The original version is equally tasty, so you can choose what you want to try. Just beware that these gooey, chocolaty, crumbly treats are too hard to resist not having more than one. I like to think since they have oatmeal in them, the are healthy oatmeal bars... but who am I kidding? Look at all that butter! :)
2 c. melted butter
2 1/4 c. brown sugar
3 c. Quaker Oats (or any other plain oatmeal)
3 c. Flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Mix all of the above ingredients and spread HALF of the mixture out onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes.
1 jar caramel (original recipe uses butterscotch)
2 TB. flour
Pour on top of baked oatmeal mixture and then sprinkle:
2 c. chocolate chips
(original recipe uses 1 c. chocolate chips and 1 c. butterscotch chips)
I might try these sometime using peanut butter chips in place of the butterscotch... that sounds yummy to me. If you get creative, let me know what you like :)
Make sure the chips are spread evenly.
Crumble the remaining oatmeal mixture on top and then continue baking for 15-20 at 350.
Cool before cutting.
This made a lot or bars. I would say about 30, with a few casualties. They are very gooey and crumbly so be careful when removing from pan.