Oatmeal Carmelita Bars

I am sharing one of my all time favorite dessert bars today.

I got the recipe from a neighborhood cookbook about ten years ago, and I can tell you that these little bars are a huge hit wherever you take them.  This is the recipe that most people demand from me, and if I don't get right on sharing it, they keep reminding me that they really, really need it and  and ask if I could please hurry up and share it with them.

I don't blame them.  If I didn't have this recipe and  I tried these chocolaty, caramely little bars, I would be demanding the recipe too.

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Oatmeal Carmelitas

1 cup quick oats
1 cup flour
¾ cup brown sugar
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup melted butter
32 – 35 caramels
5 Tbsp milk
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a 9x13 pan. Combine together the brown sugar, baking soda, salt and butter until light and fluffy.  Add the flour and quick oats and stir until combined. Press 1/2 – 2/3 of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake for 10 minutes.  While that is baking melt your caramels and milk together in the microwave or the top of a double boiler, stirring often. When you remove the oat mixture from oven, sprinkle with the chocolate chips and drizzle the caramel mixture over all.  Crumble the remaining oatmeal mixture over the top. Return to oven and bake for about 15 minutes more or until top is lightly golden. Cool and cut.