Monday, December 17, 2012

Caramel M&M Bars

Are you done your Christmas baking? I was.

Then, I decided I wanted to make these yummy bars to share with you. And hey, my family wasn't complaining. :)

M&M's are my favourite candy - by far. Ask anyone. Okay, ask anyone that knows me.

Caramel M&M Bars  Print Recipe
makes 24 bars

1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1 cup Rice Crispy cereal
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
35 vanilla caramels, unwrapped
1/3 cup milk
1 (14 oz) package of M&M's (I used the Christmas ones), divided

~Heat oven to 350º. Spray 13x9 inch pan with nonstick spray. In large bowl, combine brown sugar & butter; beat until smooth. Stir in oats & cereal. Add flour, baking soda & salt; mix until well blended. **Reserve 3 cups oat mixture for topping.** Press remaining mixture in bottom of sprayed pan. Bake at 350º for 10 minutes.

~Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine caramels & milk. Heat over low heat until caramels are melted & mixture is smooth, stirring constantly.

~Remove pan from oven. Sprinkle 1 cup of the M&M's evenly over base. Drizzle with caramel mixture, being careful not to let caramel touch the sides of the pan. (Sounds like such a little thing, but trust me, you will have a heck of a time getting the bars out of the pan if they are caramel-glued to the sides! I'm speaking from first hand experience here.) Drop reserved oat mixture by heaping teaspoonfuls over caramel mixture. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate pieces.

~Return to oven; bake an additional 20-25 minutes or until centre is set & top is golden brown. Cool 1 hour or until completely cooled. Cut into bars. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator. 

 Look at the layers of candy & caramel - delish!

I hope you're having a wonderful countdown to Christmas!

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  1. I CAN"T WAIT to try these. I've always made M&M bars, but never with caramel. Why didn't I think of that?!? And the Rice Crispy cereal in them sounds great! Thanks for sharing your idea!! It's been pinned. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  2. Those sound delicious!! I must try them! thanks so much for sharing at Thursday's Temptation. I am going to be featuring these tonight on my blog!


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