32 caramel squares, unwrapped
1/2 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
Combine caramels and cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until completely smooth; set aside. In a separate bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar, flour, oats, and baking soda. Pat half of the oatmeal mixture into the bottom of an 8x8" pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over crust. Pour caramel mixture over chocolate chips. Crumble remaining oatmeal mixture over caramel. Return to oven and bake an additional 15-20 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting.
*A stint in the fridge will help them cool off if you're pinched for time. They shouldn't be served cold, but all of that molten caramel takes a long time to cool down. They should be stored and served at room temperature.
**To make a 9x13" version, simply double the amounts.
***If you want to use homemade or store-bought caramel sauce in place of the caramel/cream mixture, use 1 1/4 cups of sauce.
So, believe it or not, I followed the directions exactly! I kept forgetting to take pictures for some reason though so I don't have every single step.
This first step takes some time. Melting the caramel took about 10-15 minutes (I forgot to time it! Do you see a pattern here? In my defense, I was trying to cook 3 things at once.) Also, let me just add a challenge - or maybe it should be a dare: Try to unwrap all 32 caramels without eating 1! It's impossible I tell you!!!!!! Actually, I think it's impossible to not eat 3! But maybe you're a stronger person than I am. :) Yesterday was very high calorie day for me, can you tell???
After stirring up the oatmeal mixture and baking it for 10 minutes, I sprinkled the chocolate chips on top. Looks good already!
Then I added the caramel layer. You can see a little bit of oatmeal there because I FORGOT to take the picture and started to add the last layer! I caught myself in time though. :)
Fresh out of the oven. The edges were bubbly and the top lightly browned.
So, how did this tempting dessert taste? I can't believe I'm about to say this, but it was actually a bit too much. It tastes good, it's just so sweet and rich that you can't really enjoy more than a few bites. Lance wasn't too crazy about it. He ate some just because he never wants me to feel bad if it doesn't turn out, but I could tell he wasn't too fond of it. He actually had a little of it with two scoops of ice cream and said that was better. :) I haven't heard the boys' opinions yet. With each bite, I'd get a taste of the oatmeal part first and almost kept expecting to taste something like apple crisp next. I think the it's a good thought, but something needs tweaked and I'm not sure what it is. However, if you're into sickeningly sweet desserts, this is for you! This one is not making my recipe book. It was a "tried it once and that's enough" recipe. I'm bummed about that too because I had high hopes for this one. Oh well, I still have a dozen or so caramels left that I'll be happy to eat! :)