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Salted Caramel Oat Squares

This recipe is perfect for your upcoming spring picnic.  Not only is it super-easy to put together but it also travels perfectly!  It’s also so versatile.  I like them in the morning as a quick breakfast with coffee or just drizzle a little salted caramel sauce over and pair with vanilla ice cream for a decadent dessert!



1 cup Flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup Quick Cooking Oats
¾ cup packed brown sugar
¾ cup melted butter
¼ teaspoon salt
6 oz (half a bag) semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup chopped hazelnuts (or the nut of your choice)
¾ cup salted caramel sauce
3 tablespoons flour
Instructions:  Preheat oven to 350 F.  In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda, oats, brown sugar, melted butter and salt.  Mix the “dough” together and divide into two equal portions.  Press one portion into the bottom of a 9x9 prepared baking dish and bake for 10 minutes.  Meanwhile combine the ¾ cup of salted caramel sauce with the three tablespoons of flour.  After 10 minutes, remove the bottom layer from the oven and spread over the caramel sauce, sprinkle the chocolate chips and hazelnuts.  Drop the additional “dough” by spoonfuls on top and bake an additional 15 minutes.  Cool, and cut into squares.

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