Sunday, November 18, 2018

Caramel Chocolate Oat Squares



Philippines has one particular holiday which we all look forward to celebrate. Since 85 percent of Filipinos are Catholics, Christmas is a big part of Filipino culture. Preparation for Christmas started as early as September, malls,streets and homes are heavily decorated and you can hear the Christmas Carols everywhere, oh what a delight. My heart is nostalgic and like a little child I am so excited to welcome Christmas as always. Come November 15 and I will start the preparation of my Christmas Cake. After that I will start to make some bars and squares for give away to my friends, colleagues, my children's friends and in some cases, my son will bake and sell too.

Whenever I think of something to give away, I know that bars/squares with caramel wont fail me. I make fully loaded squares with caramel, chocolate chips and pecan. Last year my son also brought some for his classmates and yes, it was a hit. They all love it! What made me laugh was one of his classmates told him she is on a diet but she would like to have some for her mom. Of course my son did bring some for her mom. I find the gesture so thoughtful. I wanna be her mom too... LOL!

Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 cup margarine, softened
1 cup caramel topping
3 tbsp all purpose flour
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup pecan, chopped (you may use other nuts)

For the caramel:
2/3 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp light corn syrup
1 can condensed milk
1/4 cup cornstarch dispersed in 3 tbsp water
In a saucepan, combine all ingredients except cornstarch with water. Cook until thick and caramel in color for about 30 minutes, then stir in cornstarch with water, mix until caramel is thick.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350. Use a 13x9x2 inch pan and line it with aluminum foil, then spray with oil or smeared with butter. Set aside
In a mixer or bowl, combine: flour, oats, margarine, sugar, baking soda and salt. Beat at low speed until crumbly. Divide the mixture into 2
Spread the first half of the mixture on a pan, bake for 10 minutes. While baking proceed on making your caramel.
After baking the first half, let it cool first then sprinkle chocolate chips and pecan on top, finally pour over the caramel. Then sprinkle the second half of the crumbly mixture. Bake for another 18 minutes.
Cool for an hour before slicing or better chill in the fridge for two hours. it will give you 24 slices.


Oh my goodness, I never thought that oats could be that good. Obviously Im not a fan of it. But due to aging, I have to like oats. I am now into the world of acceptance. Seeing these magical bars with caramel and chocolates swept me off my feet. Yes, oat is life..its healthy and my body needs it.LOL

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18 comments:

  1. Your caramel chocolate oat squares sound fabulous. Thank you for sharing at Best of the Weekend. Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. Hi Amy, this is one of our old time favorites and as always it never fails me.Have a great weekend.

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  2. Ohhh this sounds so amazing! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. I hope your Thanksgiving is full of blessings.

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    1. Hello Helen, thank you for the wishes. Have a great weekend. thank you for coming over.

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  3. Oh my...those look wonderful. Found you off Cindy's blog - Creations by Cindy.

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    1. Thank you Pam, I am happy you like it. Thanks for coming over. I will visit you the soonest

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  4. These look and sound so yummy! I had to pin!! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Cathy.I am glad you like it. Have a great weekend

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  5. Those look really good. Thanks for sharing. #alittlebitofeverything

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    1. Thank you for coming over and for the kind words. Have a great weekend

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  6. They look delicious! Thanks for sharing with us at the To Grandma's house we go link party, see you next week!

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    1. Hello, Yes, I will be there for sure. Have a great weekend and thanks for coming

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  7. Wow - like the Fiesta Friday. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you for coming over. I love your cuisine. Have a great weekend

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  8. Very nice, Mareliz! I'm definitely saving this!

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    1. Thank you Angie, Im glad you like it. See you on Friday.

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  9. We sure have enjoyed featuring your post on our Top Ten for Full Plate Thursday, 408! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Oh wow Miz Helen. thank you so much for the feature.You are most welcome and i will be there again and again. Have a great week ahead.

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