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 Caramel Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars Homemade caramel pumpkin oatmeal bars rich with spices. Photo courtesy McCormick.
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December 2009

Product Reviews / Main Nibbles / Cookies, Cake & Pastry

Recipe: Caramel Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars

The aromatic blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice unites with creamy pumpkin in these homemade bars. They're held together by melted caramels and topped with a loose oat-and-pumpkin-pie-spice mixture. The recipe, courtesy of McCormick, has a prep time of about 15 minutes, followed by a 35-minute cook time.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 7 ounces (1/2 of 14-ounce package) caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons milk

 

Preparation

  1. Mix flour, oats, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add butter; stir until mixture is well blended and forms coarse crumbs.
  2. Reserve 1/2 of the mixture (about 2 1/4 cups) for the topping.
  3. Add pumpkin to remaining mixture in bowl; stir until well blended. Press evenly into greased, foil-lined 13x9-inch baking pan, and set aside.
  4. Microwave caramels and milk in medium microwavable bowl on HIGH 2 to 3 minutes or until caramels are completely melted, stirring after every minute. Let stand 1 minute.
  5. Pour over pumpkin mixture in pan, spreading to within 1/2-inch of edges. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
  6. Bake in preheated 350°F oven 30 to 35 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack.
  7. Once the bars are completely cool, lift them from the pan and remove the foil. Cut into 24 bars.

 

Makes 2 dozen.

 

Recipe © McCormick. Other material © Copyright 2005- 2014 Lifestyle Direct, Inc. All rights reserved. Images are copyright of their respective owners.

 



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