I made these fantastic cookie bars this weekend and they made my family ooh and ahh. They are called 'Festive Caramel Bars'.
They are filled with oats, caramel, M&M's and other yummy goodies!
This dessert even won an award at a local festival! I got the recipe from a friend who clipped it from the newspaper.
Dying for the recipe? I guess I could give it to ya.... because I'm nice.
FESTIVE CARAMEL BARS
32-36 Individually wrapped caramels
2/3 C. Evaporated milk
1 C. Flour
1 C. Oats
1 C. Nuts (I used chopped pecans)
1/2 C. Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/2 C. Melted Butter
1.5 C. M&M's
1. Combine caramels and milk in heavy saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until caramels are melted.
2. Combine flour, oats, nuts, brown sugar, soda and salt in a bowl; add melted butter, mixing until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Reserve 1 C. of mixture and press remaining mixture into bottom of a greased 9X13. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
3. Sprinkle 1 C. M&M's on partially baked crust. Pour caramel mixture over M&M's. Sprinkle reserved crumb mix and remaining 1/2 C. M&M's on top. Continue baking for 20-25 minutes.
4. Cool slightly and chill for 30 minutes. Cut into bars.
Now for a Question.
I am a candy dish lover. I love walking into someone's house and finding a dish full of goodies for me to taste. It is so inviting and so welcoming. I just love it.
I try to keep mine replenished at all times so that guests, whether planned or drop-in's, always feel welcome. I have had everything from starbursts to mints to chocolate to hard candy to bubble gum to...everything. It is fun switching it up and having different things available. My least favorite thing to keep in there is mints, because honestly, you can't get more boring than that (no offense). I would rather have a stock of fun, unique treats. I like to put a lot of thought into it and change it up every time I need to refill.
I am also obsessed with seasonal goodies. Keeping red and green reeses cups and candy canes at Christmas, and orange and gold and brown and black Fall/Halloween treats in October, and pink and red sweet tarts for Valentines....and...well, you get the gist. The seasonal candy aisles are my FAVORITE! I can not contain myself.
Right now, I have my favorite treats in my candy dish. Err... I guess mine is a candy stand.
My favorite treats are the peanut butter and chocolate bon-bons. AH! Be still my heart. Can you tell they are my favorite? There aren't a ton left. The pile was heaping. Oops. Hehe.
I also have some Rolo's in there because they were gold and lets face it - it's my favorite color. Oh, and I threw in a few left over caramels from the above recipe.
Do YOU have a candy dish? If so, what is your favorite thing to keep inside?
You may just give me a new idea!!