Walnut Caramel Bars

    45 minutes

    Delicious chewy and gooey caramel, walnut and chocolate bars. They taste great the next day if you get them to last that long.

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    Serves: 36 

    • 1 cup (125g) plain flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 1 cup (150g) quick cooking oats
    • 3/4 cup (110g) packed brown sugar
    • 185g melted butter
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 185g dark chocolate chips
    • 1/2 cup (60g) chopped walnuts
    • 3/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
    • 3 tablespoons plain flour

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease one 20cm square pan.
    2. Combine the 1 cup flour, bicarb soda, oats, brown sugar, salt and melted butter. Mix to combine, mixture will be very crumbly. Press half of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
    3. Bake for 10 minutes.
    4. Let cool slightly then sprinkle over the crust the chocolate chips and chopped nuts. Mix the caramel ice cream topping with the 3 tablespoons of flour and drizzle over the chocolate chips. Top with the remaining oatmeal mixture. You will need to break it into small pieces to cover.
    5. Bake for 15 minutes. Let bars cool before cutting.

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    This is a very good cookie bar recipe. Adults and children seem to like it equally well..... Good as written, but a couple of clarifications on the recipe to make this better: First, the crust turns out better if the butter is softened to the point of melting, but hasn't actually turned to liquid. Second: Press down on the bottom filling lightly; DO NOT tap down hard as you won't be able to get it out of the pan. Third: You must use quick oates NOT rolled oats on this recipe. Helpful hints ~ First: For a change of pace, try half butterscotch and half chocolate chips or 1/2 caramel and 1/2 butterscotch topping for variety. Second: Slightly chill the carmelitas after they have finished baking. This helps the cooke bar "set-up". This is the one tip you don't want to forget on this recipe..... The carmelitas are great to make ahead, travel with or freeze to serve later. As my son would say: Scrumdiddlyumptios! Enjoy!  -  12 Jan 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I used a recipe just like this only it was doubled for a 13x9" pan. The chocolate chips stay the same at 1 cup and 1/2 cup nuts, if using. The caramel icecream topping is 1 cup - flour is the same. You cook the final product 18-22 minutes - it took 22 minutes in my oven to produce a golden brown topping. Also - a good TIP is that if you refrigerate the carmelitas 1-2 hours before cutting (this helps the filling set up), they will not be crumbly and will cut perfectly. Plus - DON'T MELT THE BUTTER in the crust ingredients - just soften the butter (unsalted) to room temp. You will get a much nicer crumb topping this way. These bars are just wonderful! Another recipe I saw for these used 3-4 chopped Granny Smith apples mixed with 1 tsp. cinnamon for the "filling" instead of the choc.chips/nuts - I'll bet that would be fantastic, too. I'm going to try that combination next.  -  25 May 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Fantastic cookies! My son is allergic to nuts, so I left out the pecans and made up for it with a bit more oats and chocolate chips. I also add 1 tsp of pure vanilla to the "crust" mixture. After making this several times, I've found the butter is the key to cookie consistency. If you melt the butter and add it when it's still warm, the crust will be more cookie-like (think Toll House cookies on top and bottom. If, however, you just soften the butter and add it at room temperature, they are more like bar cookies, with a distinct crust, chocolate chip & caramel layer, and a crumbly topping. In addition, putting them in the fridge for an hour or so before cutting improves them even more. These last about 2 days in our house and require at least a gallon of milk to be on hand.  -  21 Mar 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)