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Scrumptious Caramel Bars

Author/Submitted by: Jo Anne Merrill
Servings: 24
Categories: Chocolate / Desserts

1  cup  all-purpose flour
1/4  teaspoon  salt
1/4  teaspoon  baking soda
1/2  cup  packed brown sugar
3/4  cup  rolled oats, not instant
1/2  cup  margarine
24    caramel candy
2  tablespoons  light cream
1/2  cup  semisweet chocolate

1. In mixing bowl, combine 1 cup flour, salt, soda, brown sugar and oats. Cut in margarine with pastry blender until fine particles are formed. Set aside 1 cup of this mixture. 2. Press remaining mixture into bottom only of greased 8-inch square baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. 3. In top of double boiler combine caramels and cream. Cook over boiling water until caramels are melted. Blend in 2 tablespoons flour. 4. Spread caramel mixture carefully over baked mixture. Sprinkle with chocolate pieces, then with reserved crumbs. 5. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes until delicately browned. Cool for a few minutes before cutting into 24 bars.

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