My obsession with gooey bars knows no bounds. In my mind, there is no other form of dessert that is so easy yet so utterly and completely satisfying. I even have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to the darn things.
But sometimes, the idea that I have in my head and the ingredients that are in the cupboard do not match with anything I can find on the internet.
When this strange phenomenon occurs, I go rogue.
On Sunday aka Baking Day, I really really wanted something caramel-y, chocolate-y, and oatmeal-y.
I found this recipe, but I didn’t have one very important ingredient: caramel.
But I did have a can of sweetened condensed milk. PERFECT.
So I made some dulce de leche using these instructions. It turned out like this and tasted AWESOME.
(Making your own is also WAY cheaper than purchasing those caramels with all the little infuriating wrappers. It’s a no-brainer).
As my dulce de leche was baking (see above instructions), I whipped up the rest of the ingredients.
Dulce de Leche Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars adapted from here
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk (for the dulce de leche–the only ingredient!)
3/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed (I ran out and used regular sugar and the world did not end)
1 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
Mix up all the ingredients (minus the sweetened condensed milk)…
…and pack about 2/3 of the mixture into the bottom of a pan. I used an 11×7 inch. Do NOT forget to spray it. Caramel is an unforgiving substance.
Bake this part at 350 for 10 minutes, and then sprinkle chocolate chips…
…and then douse it with the dulce de leche and then crumble the remaining oatmeal mixture over everything.
Then cook the whole concoction at 350 for another 15-20.
Let it cool completely before serving (refrigerate if necessary).