This is a great bar cookie recipe that my mom found a number of years ago, and I do not know where it came from. It is nice to make when you want something a little more special than plain cookies. Be warned- these are quite rich! We often make these bar cookies around Christmas when we are in the baking mood. It is not hard to assemble the bars and the combination of flavors is very good!
Servings- approximately 2 1/2 dozen
1 3/4 cups quick or old fashioned oats
1 3/4 cups flour, divided
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt (optional if using salted butter)
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 - 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (12 oz. package)
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup caramel ice cream topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9x13 inch baking pan, or line pan with foil and spray with nonstick spray.
Combine oats, 1 1/2 cup flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Stir in butter; mix well. Reserve 1 cup oat mixture; press remaining oat mixture into bottom of pan. Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with chocolate and nuts. Mix caramel topping with remaining flour in a small bowl. Drizzle over nuts to within 1/4 inch of pan edges. Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture. Bake 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack; refrigerate until firm.