Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Best Bar Cookie EVER!

How many of you out there are a Pinterest addict like me?  Come on, fess up people!  I know I’m not alone!  I especially love to find new recipes there to try and yes, I actually do try most of the recipes I pin…I even created a board of “Recipes I’ve Tried and Love.”  Thanks to pinning I came across an amazing cookie bar recipe!  I LOVE salted caramel…the perfect combo of sweet and salty…you just can’t resist it!  I found a pin for Salted Caramel Oat Bars and the picture alone won me over!

salted caramel oat barsPhoto credit: http://cookiesandcups.com/

Amazing right?!  I just had to try!  So I clicked on the pin and was led to this drool inducing blog…Cookies and Cups…I knew I was in trouble!

I made my list and immediately went to the store for the ingredients only leaving out the nuts (hubs is allergic to tree nuts) then came right home to start cooking!  After whipping up the batter for the bottom of the bar I gave it a taste (yes, I ate raw batter…so?!)…it was DELISH!  I almost didn’t want to cook it!  Then of course after melting the caramel there was some left on the spatula…drool!  How the cookies made it into the oven is beyond me but boy was I glad I resisted the urge to eat it all raw!  The finished product once it was cooled was the most delicious cookie bar I have ever tasted!  I know that sounds seriously dramatic but you just ask anyone who has tasted this creation and they will tell you I’m not exaggerating in the least…in fact I may be understating how amazing they are! In the original post, Shelly said, “You’re gonna love me for these bars.  Like be in love with me forever and name your children after me.”  Yup, if I was having another kid I would totally name her or him Shelly! But, no more kids here so maybe I’ll name our next pet Shelly. 

I’m sure you’re all saying, “Ok, ok already!  Enough with the torture…just share the recipe already!” Check out Shelly’s original post with witty commentary and awesome step by step photos.

Salted Caramel Oat Bars:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cups finely crushed pretzels
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 (14 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (11 oz) bag of caramel bits (if you can’t find the bits, use a 14 oz bag of wrapped caramels, minus 1/2 cup)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped cashews (optional)
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt (or a little more if you really like salt like me)
Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°
  2. Line a 15x10x1 inch pan with foil*
  3. With your electric mixer beat butter and sugars together. Add eggs and vanilla until incorporated.
  4. On low speed add in your pretzels and flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly mix in your oats.
  5. Set aside 1 cup of your batter.
  6. Press remaining batter into prepared pan.
  7. In medium saucepan combine your caramels and sweetened condensed milk over medium heat until caramels are melted and mixture is smooth.
  8. Pour caramel on oat batter. Sprinkle the cashews, chocolate chips and remaining oat batter on top.
  9. Sprinkle your coarse sea salt evenly over top.
  10. Bake for 20-2 minutes until top starts to golden.
  11. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.
  12. When cool lift bars from pan with foil and cut.

*I don’t use foil…I’ve been using my Pampered Chef stone bar pan.