Tomorrow is the Mommy Group Christmas Party and Cookie Exchange. I decided to make the consistently popular caramel squares that my mother-in-law seems to serve at every event. (And no one is ever sorry.) Instead of typing and handing out copies of the recipe, I just decided to put it on here. Cause I suspect most people are like me and have their recipe collection on their computers instead of in binders.
These bars/cookies are not just for Christmas. I think we have them for every holiday we are together. These can be messy with the crumbly crust. They take a while to bake (took my oven 30 minutes), and they use a number of ingredients and more than a few dishes. But they are oh-so-worth it.
The recipe has been passed around a lot. I believe this version gives credit to Paul's aunt, Marsha. She made the recipe to fit in a larger pan. After all, if they are that good and disappear so quickly, you might as well make good use of your efforts and make more!
Recipe for Caramel Squares
Larger recipe credit: Marsha Bloom
Make a crumb crust with:
- 1 1/2 C flour
- 1 1/4 C brown sugar
- 3/4 t baking soda
- 1 1/2 C oats
- 1/2 t salt-scant
- 3/4 C butter melted (I seemed to need a touch more butter.)
In microwave bowl melt 1 pkg-Kraft caramels (My mother-in-law says about 38.) in 7 T Cream -75ml.
Spray a 9x13 pan with Pam. Press half of crust mixture into pan.
- 1 1/2 C chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 C chopped nuts
- caramels-don't get too close to the edges
- other 1/2 crumb crust-press slightly unto caramels mixture
Bake 350º 20-25 minutes