Oatmeal Chocolate Caramel Bars



Slightly salty.

Covered in buttery oats.

So yummy I could eat the whole pan.

Studded with chocolate.

Texturely perfect.



Oatmeal Chocolate Caramel Bars

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Oatmeal Chocolate Caramel Bars

Yield: Makes 9X13-inch pan of bars

Oatmeal Chocolate Caramel Bars


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 14 ounce bag of caramels
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream or milk
  • 1 12-ounce package semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degree. Mix the first six ingredients together and sprinkle half on the bottom of a 9X13-inch baking pan. Bake 10 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the caramels and whipping cream or milk in a saucepan over low heat or in the microwave at 50% power, stirring often, until the mixture is smooth. When the bars have been removed from the oven, sprinkle the chocolate chips over the crust and pour the melted caramel over the top. Sprinkle the rest of the crust over the top and bake in the oven for an additional 10-12 minutes, until the caramel is bubbling and edges are lightly browned. Cool the bars completely before serving so they can set up properly.

Recipe Source: adapted slightly from my friend Judy C.

69 Responses to Oatmeal Chocolate Caramel Bars

  1. Patti says:

    So good. I do find though that they are a little sweet. I used less chips and used the mini semi sweet chips instead. The butter in these bars make them addictive. They have become a treat selection in our house and is a nice change from the good ole chocolate chip cookie.

  2. Beesch says:

    Making these right now! Thanks!

  3. heather bell says:

    funny story. I made these (so yum) and took some to our new friends from church and it turns out that it is your cousin Ryan Weaver! Small world.=)

  4. Jen says:

    Beware, these bars are so tasty they are dangerous! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  5. Deb says:

    Ridiculously simple and ridiculously delicious! The hardest part is unwrapping all those carmels! Absolute make again. Thanks Mel!

  6. Kristen says:

    In the perfect world I would have followed the directions perfectly and not baked the WHOLE crust instead of just half of it, giving me the opportunity to mix all of the yummy goodness into a witch’s brew of sorts. However it is still delicious and my addition to this goodness is 1/2 milk chocolate (I just don’t believe semi-sweet chocolate belongs in the kitchen, since I don’t find it edible) and 1/2 white chocolate chips. I also used homemade caramel since I had some conveniently in my fridge from a batch of caramel corn this week. By mixing it after baking it halfway made it so gooey and sticky that you get to suck it off your fingers. Mel, not gonna lie, your way is probably much cleaner! Thanks!

  7. Denise says:

    Wow! You weren’t lying!! these little beauties were a hit at a get together we had last night. Everyone flocked to these like white on rice! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Rachel says:

    FABULOUS!!! Major hit with all- thanks!!!!!!!

  9. tonya says:

    This Valentine’s Day I wanted a new dessert to send w/ my husband to work (been making the same thing for a few years) so I searched your blog for “caramel” (his favorite). So excited to find these bars & OF COURSE I taste-tested them before getting them ready to send w/ him this morning – FABULOUS!!! Thanks!!

  10. Kathleen says:

    Seriously, I have made these twice this month and they are SO good! I would have the kids unwrap the caramels…but I’m not sure how many would be left for the bars! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing recipes!

  11. Joyce says:

    I brought two pans of these to my nephew’s farewell today. Every piece was gobbled up! They are SO good, especially the corner pieces with loads of chewy caramel. Such an easy recipe, except unwrapping all those pesky caramels;) I wondered if the caramel and cream would ever come together and be smooth, but they did and I’m SO glad I used the cream.
    Love it!

  12. Sara Qualls says:

    These were so delicious. I made them for our 4th of July BBQ and they were a huge hit. I’ve heard comments since then about my “insanely bad for you caramel bars”. Thank you for making me popular! Next time I will cut the chocolate chips A LITTLE. Just to enhance the caramel flavor and the saltiness you get from the oatmeal.

  13. Ashley says:

    I made these last night for a work pot luck. They were super easy to make, I used milk instead of whipping cream and they turned out delish. Next time I will add some chopped pecans to the chocolate chip and caramel layers to cut the sweetness a bit. Definitely a hit!

    • Mel says:

      Ashley – I’m glad the milk worked as well as the cream and I think the chopped pecans addition would be delicious!

  14. Mel says:

    Angie Datin – I do that all the time – the whole sending-the-treats-to-work-with-my-husband. But it doesn’t keep me from eating more than my share anyway! I’m so glad these were a hit. Thanks for your comment! I’m glad you’ve had success with other recipes…

  15. Angie Datin says:

    I made these for FHE last night. Oh so good! I had to send most of the pan to work with my husband so I wouldn’t eat the whole thing before lunch today. Yum, Yum, Yum. I will keep this recipe forever!

    By the way, thanks to you, we now have good new recipes at least once a week. Before, I would try new things all the time, but I would be unimpressed half the time. Now, I know if I use something from your blog, I will LOVE it! Thanks for doing this.

  16. Mel says:

    Sara – glad you liked these! I’m on my way to check out your blog!

  17. Sara says:

    oops, posted the wrong blog name on the comment above – Mel, you can delete comment 50 – this one is correct! Loved these bars and posted them on my blog today with a link back here.

  18. Sara says:

    I love these! I made them a few weeks ago and almost ate the whole pan myself. I posted it on my blog today and linked back here to your site. thanks for a great recipe!

  19. Melanie says:

    Sara – I'm guessing that they probably needed to baked longer. They should definitely set up after cooling and the top oatmeal layer should be browned and while still a bit crumbly, it shouldn't be falling all over the place. I'm sorry they didn't work out for you!

  20. Sara says:

    I was really excited to try these. I made them today and now I'm wondering if I did something wrong because mine didn't really set up — the oatmeal mixture on top is really crumbly and when I try to cut them they just fall apart. still super tasty, just hard to eat … any suggestions for next time? :)p.s. i love your blog! i tried the cheddar broccoli soup too and loved it.

  21. Polliwog says:

    No kidding. Caramels should be a grocery store staple, akin to flour and sugar! But I have also had a tough time locating rhodes rolls here so nothing surprises me now.

  22. Melanie says:

    Polliwog – I can't believe it was tough to find caramels but I'm sure glad you were able to lay your hands on them! Glad you liked them!

  23. Polliwog says:

    We made these for company last week and, though I had a heck of a time locating caramels in Cali (why?) it was worth the running around. Yummy! These are keepers. The only thing I might do differently next time is use a little less chocolate. I'm totally a chocolate girl at heart, but most bites I was wishing for the caramel to come through more. But that's just a matter of taste and, let's face it, they will be amazing either way.

  24. Colleen says:

    Another wonderful dessert – looks delicious!

  25. Melanie says:

    Lani – I'm impressed by your self-control in only making a half batch. Glad you enjoyed them!

  26. Melanie says:

    Melissa – thanks for letting me know these turned out!Becky – same goes for you…glad these were a hit. Emily – it must be good luck to take these to church functions – it seems everyone is doing it!Clairissa – of course you get extra points. 500 extra points for you!!

  27. Clairissa says:

    Do I get extra points because I actually KNOW you? Woo hoo! One of my friends is a famous chef! 🙂 Anyway, just wanted you to know that I am making these toolicious delights for a baby shower on Saturday. Fun!

  28. Emily says:

    I just found your blog and LOVE it! I tried these bars yesterday and took them to church, the pan was gone in minutes. So good, thank you!!

  29. Rhandi says:

    must. . . make. . .. very soon!

  30. Lani says:

    Had to make a late Saturday night run to the store for caramels. These were absoultely decadent! We made a half batch since there are only three of us left at home, but we polished it off in less than 24 hours! Thanks for the great recipes.

  31. Melissa says:

    We made these last night and they turned out wonderful! Thanks for all of your wonderful recipes!

  32. Anonymous says:

    I made these and took them to a meeting on Sunday – huge hit. Becky

  33. Camille says:

    Holy Cow!!! Those look sinful!! I want some!!!

  34. Maria says:

    These look really rich but oh so good!

  35. Melanie says:

    Hillary – so glad that the pizza was a hit and that it worked ok using a baking sheet turned upside down. Your comment was so nice…thank you! I'm thrilled that you have had such good success with the recipes you've tried.

  36. Melanie says:

    Kathy – it sounds like pecans are a great addition to these based on others comments, too! Thanks for letting me know.

  37. Hillary N says:

    These look too good not to try! btw, I tried your favorite pizza dough recipe, i loved the white/wheat flour mix it made it perfect and hearty. Also, it really is the perfect pizza sauce recipe!! AND I got a pizza stone, why I never cooked pizza on it before I have no idea becuz it makes the pizzas perfect..trial and error on how much cornmeal etc, but i did it perfectly the other night on the backside of a cookie sheet and it slid successfully onto the pizza stone, I LOVE YOUR RECIPES!! they work every time and become favorites!

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  39. Leslie says:

    Well..with a description like that..I am sold!

  40. Cammee says:

    Oatmeal and caramel=yummy! We've been remodeling a bathroom, between that and the family watching the Olympics I haven't been on my computer. I had to laugh when in my reader there was a healthy recipe contest followed by meatloaf, potatoes, biscuits and these little squares from heaven! I made chicken and dumpling soup last night, it was fantastic!

  41. Kathy says:

    I threw some pecans in and then had to scramble to find somewhere to take them so I didn't eat the whole pan myself. They were awesome, thanks!

  42. Katy ~ says:

    I am trying not to look at these.I think I just licked the screen.

  43. Jessica says:

    I LOVE your blog. I have tried a lot of new recipies from here lately because I am in a mid-winter slump! But I know I will stick around!!! I just pulled these Chocolate Caramel Bars from my oven and I am absolutly sure these will be a hit at my house. The only addition is peacans to the top crust because my husband loves caramel and peacans together!!! YUM:)

  44. Katie says:

    These look wonderful!

  45. Melanie says:

    Jamie – you are so nice! Thanks for making my day. Really. I'm on cloud nine (my kids will snap me out of that fast!). Thanks, again.

  46. Barbara says:

    A perfect bar! Chocolate and caramel mixed together! Please pass the plate!!

  47. MomsManyProjects says:

    I have got to try to make those! My boys would go crazy for them and so would I!

  48. teresa says:

    it jsut doesn’t get better than this!

  49. Jamie B says:

    Can I just say, THANK YOU for your blog! I just discovered it the other day, and already it’s a match made in heaven! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all your recipes (already made the FAB steak hoagies with rave reviews, and have tons more on the docket for the days ahead). You are fantastic, fabulous, creative, amazing…I could go on! Just wanted you to feel appreciated for all your hard work on here!!

    Jamie, IL

  50. Loralee and the gang... says:

    Wow! Those look incredible! I WILL make them, and soon!

  51. Shanna says:

    Ok, why are YOU not at MY house right NOW making me these? UGH! Guess I better stop back at the store for those caramels because I HAVE to make these!!!

  52. Sook says:

    Oh I love caramel! This looks great, Melanie!

  53. Debbie says:

    Looks delicious. I would love one of those right now!

  54. Pam says:

    Wow! Does that ever look good! Great combination of ingredients and the recipe is a keeper!

  55. Megan says:

    Mmmmmm!!! I have been making these for years! They are a family favorite that came from my hubby’s family. It really doesn’t get any better than these, does it? We call them Oatmeal Carmelites though:) Not sure why! There is nothing light about them!

  56. Justin says:

    i usually don’t mind making caramel for baking recipes, but i like the easy way of just buying some for this recipe

  57. Tessa says:

    I’ve bookmarked similar recipes for this before but never seem to get around tom making them. Yours look amazing! I love anything with caramel so I agree with your comments above!!

  58. MEBS says:

    These are just like the cookies I make called Oatmeal Carmelitas. But instead of a bag of caramels, I use a jar of caramel ice cream topping. I just add some flour after I have micro-waved it!

    May have to try this version!

  59. Tia says:

    mm i will try adding some peanut butter and make these soon!

  60. grace says:

    poetry. 🙂

  61. Barbi says:

    MMM….. these look delicious! I just printed the recipe. Cant wait to try them.

  62. Siggy Spice says:

    It is reffered to as caramel crack in our house 🙂

  63. Emily says:

    This looks fantastic. It might be only 8:00 am, but I am totally making these right now. YUM!

  64. Jschmalle says:

    My mother in law has been making these since the beginning of time! I started making them last year at my husbands request. Now my family is in love with these little beauties. I think the only difference between the recipe {I didn’t get it out to check} is that we use evaporated milk instead of real milk. But now I want to try it with milk 🙂

  65. Molly says:

    These bars are INCREDIBLE!! I’ve been making a similar recipe for years and the pan never lasts long!

  66. JoAnn says:

    I will definitely make these. Some ingredients are already on my grocery list.

    The only problem I can see is…. “cool the bars completely before serving so they can set up properly” This may be a challenge 🙂

  67. Chrissy says:

    All my favorite ingredients… I am such a sucker for caramel….

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