Caramel Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars

Caramel Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars

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Serves

24 people

Prepare this updated rendition of the classic bar cookie for the holiday dessert table or cookie exchanges.

Recipe courtesy of McCormick

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Cinnamon, Ground
  • 3/4 teaspoon McCormick® Ginger, Ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Nutmeg, Ground
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 7 ounces (1/2 of 14-ounce package) caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Preparation

  • 1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix flour, oats, sugar, baking soda, salt and spices 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 and vanilla to remaining mixture in bowl; stir until well blended. Press evenly into bottom of greased foil-lined 13x9-inch baking pan. Set aside.
  • 2 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.
  • 3 Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Lift from pan. Cut into bars.

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