Not long after I met my husband, he introduced me to these sinful bars, Oatmeal Caramelites. They are a favorite in his family and I can see why. They aren't something that I make too often due to their high calories content (maybe a couple times a year) but there isn't much that can beat them.
While I have been making these for years, I recently saw them featured on The Sisters Cafe . I was so glad that I looked at their recipe because it cured me of my least favorite part about making these! Unwrapping the bag of caramels and melting them! I don't know why I never though of it, but their recipe uses caramel ice cream topping thickened with a bit of flour. Genius! Now those pesky wrappers won't keep me from making these. Jeans, beware!
1 c. flour
1 c. quick oats (can also use regular oats)
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 c. chocolate chip (semi-sweet or milk are both fine)
3/4 c. caramel ice cream topping
1/2 tsp. soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 c. butter, melted
3 Tbsp. flour
Mix flour, oats, sugar, soda, salt, and butter. Press half of mixture into a 11 x 7 inch pan and set the other half aside. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Blend 3/4 c. caramel with 3 Tbsp. flour. Drizzle over chocolate chips. Sprinkle the remaining oat/flour mixture over the top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until light brown. Cool, then slice.