Caramel pumpkin oatmeal bars

Try these caramel pumpkin oatmeal bars — an updated rendition of the classic bar cookie for the holiday dessert table or cookie exchanges.

Recipe for caramel pumpkin oatmeal bars
Ingredients
  • Caramel Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars2 cups flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1-1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick 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
Directions

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. Reserve 1/2 (about 2-1/4 cups) for the topping. Add pumpkin to remaining mixture in bowl; stir until well blended. Press evenly into greased foil-lined 13×9-inch baking pan. Set aside.

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. Pour over pumpkin mixture in pan, spreading to within 1/2-inch of edges. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.

Bake in preheated 350 F oven 30 to 35 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Lift from pan; remove foil. Cut into 24 bars.

Makes 2 dozen cookie bars



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