Oatmeal Carmelitas

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Total Time
25 mins
30 mins

From Southern Living November 2006 test kitchen's top rated recipes.

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  1. Stir together first 5 ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add butter, stirring until mixture is crumbly.
  3. Reserve half of mixture (about 2 3/4 cups).
  4. Press remaining half of mixture into bottom of a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch pan.
  5. Sprinkle evenly with chocolate morsels, and, if desired, pecans.
  6. Microwave caramels and half-and-half in a microwave-safe bowl at MEDIUM (50% power) 3 minutes.
  7. Stir and microwave at MEDIUM 1 to 3 more minutes or until mixture is smooth.
  8. Let stand 1 minute.
  9. Pour evenly over chocolate morsels.
  10. Sprinkle evenly with reserved crumb mixture.
  11. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until light golden brown.
  12. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
  13. Cut into bars.