California Dreams

You’ll Need:

32 caramel candies

1/3 cup evaporated milk

1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup rolled oats
4 Tablespoons butter or margarine, softened

6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Procedures : 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In the top of a double boiler, combine caramels and milk. Heat over simmering water until melted, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and set aside.
3. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Stir in brown sugar and oats. Mix in butter until mixture forms coarse crumbs.

4. Press 1/2 of the flour mixture evenly into a buttered 8-inch square pan. The layer will be fairly thin. Sprinkle chocolate chips and pecans over surface evenly. Pour caramel mixture over chocolate chips and nuts. Sprinkle with remaining flour mixture.

5. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Refrigerate until set, then cut into squares.

YIELDS: 16 squares

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