When it comes to desserts, there is one ingredient that I just can’t resist…CARAMEL! I could even go so far to say that I have a geniune crush on caramel. And I am not fussy. It could be drizzled on top of ice cream, swirled delicately amid chocolate and pecans, or simply wrapped in plastic, going solo. Because of this love, I am always searching for or creating new recipes to satisfy this NEED I have. These Caramel Crush Bars are my latest creation and have quickly worked their way to my “Favorite Desserts” list.
A couple weeks ago, I posted my Easy Dreamy Chocolate Bars. These are also definitely on my “Favorite Desserts” list. Just recently, my sweet Sy’Rih approached me at 8:10pm and informed me she needed to take a treat to school the following day. She requested her favorite, Easy Dreamy Chocolate Bars. I quickly started gathering the ingredients when I discovered I didn’t have any sweetened condensed milk. Determined to still pull through for her, my mind began racing. Immediately CARAMEL popped into my head. How could I go wrong by substituting caramel into a recipe?? Result…an amazing creation…Caramel Crush Bars.
Check out my recipe below and be prepared to fall in love!
- 1 1/2 cups quick oats
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1 1/4 cups butter
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp flour
- Melt butter completely.
- Mix butter with oatmeal, flour, and brown sugar. (I use my hands)
- Press 2/3 of this mixture into a greased (I also like using parchment paper) 9x13 pan and bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes.
- Set remaining 1/3 of crust mixture aside to use for the topping.
- Melt butter in a saucepan.
- Stir in brown sugar until smooth. (about 1 minute)
- Stir in milk and vanilla completely. (about 1 minute)
- Finally, stir in flour until mixture is uniform. Bring to a slow boil for about 3 minutes until it begins to thicken. Be sure to stir continuously. Remove from heat.
- When crust has baked for 10 minutes, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool.
- When it is cool to the touch, pour caramel filling on it.
- Sprinkle remaining crust mixture over top.
- Bake at 325 degrees for an additional 20 minutes. Bars will appear a bit runny but will firm up when cool.