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5 stars plus more!! I have made many other caramel bar recipes that use the caramel ice cream topping instead of the real caramels and this one is way better. I love the fact that I can actually taste the caramel. The other recipes are good, but I couldn't taste the caramel in them. And I was never really happy with the outcome. This one baked up great and the caramel was soft. I baked the crust for 10 mins added the chips, caramel and topping and baked for 15 additional mins. Before I baked it I pressed down the topping so it would not be as crumbly when we ate them. I did double the oatmeal crust part but kept the caramels to the original amount and still baked it in the 9x13 pan. I will use this recipe as my #1 caramel oatmeal bar recipe. It was fabulous.

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mom_of_4 January 22, 2012

These deserve more than 5 stars. My family loves these. Even my pickiest who has no trouble turning his nose up at other desserts loved these. I used #39562 for the evaporated milk and it was fine. Also I need to use 3/4 of the oatmeal mixture to cover the bottom of the pan. The rest I crumble over the top. It still manages to cover most of the top. It also lets the caramel and some chocolate chips show, which makes it very tempting for those who foolishly try to resist this dessert. I just need to remember to keep the caramel sauce away from the very edge of the pan so the squares are easier to get out of the pan. But that probably won't happen because my desire to have caramel on every little crumb is stronger than that teeny, tiny little problem.

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cookee monster December 17, 2007

These are FANTASTIC!!!! By far the winner on my holiday cookie tray. I had to make 2 pans of them b/c the first pan was gone in a hurry and I didn't have enough to put on the other trays! I made them in a 9x13 pan and they were perfect. Not too thick and not too thin. I sprayed the baking dish with cooking spray on the second pan b/c the first one stuck a bit on the sides. I tossed in a couple extra caramels too.

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*Z* December 28, 2011

I made my own vegan caramel and used shortening in the oatmeal base to make these dairy-free, and they turned out great!! I have been making these for a few years and was afraid I wouldn't be able to make these again this year since I developed my allergy, but they work wonderfully with shortening. :)

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Seedbeads December 01, 2011

Had to add some pecans and these were wonderful! Gone in no time!

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CulinaryGourmetQueen February 25, 2011

Wonderful! I used the "Perfect Brownie" pan for this recipe, which is quite a bit smaller than a 9x13, perfect for the recipe! I cut the caramels back to 25, but followed everything else to the letter and it turned out great! Taking them to my son's school for after the play. Thanx for sharing!

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JuneDawg April 21, 2010

Mmmmm, these were so rich! I followed the advice of a few other reviewers and made them a bit thicker. I doubled the oatmeal mixture, but left the caramel and chocolate amounts the same. It baked for about 18 minutes for the first part and around 25 minutes for the second part. These were a hit and I will be making them again!

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Kristy D. April 06, 2010

These remind me of bars my mom made when I was a child. They are heavenly!

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Miss Amy Lou January 28, 2010

Very sweet and sooooo rich.You have to be careful not to eat too many at one time!These will be a real crowd pleasing dessert.You have to try these, simple to make and a sure hit with everyone.Thankyou for this recipe post.

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lilypads December 17, 2009

Sweet tooth cravings no more after indulging in a couple of these. My DH ate half the pan! So delicious!

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FriendlyChefy November 11, 2009
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