M&M Oat Bars

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Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes plus cooling

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 72 servings


•1/2 cup butter, softened
•1 cup packed brown sugar
•1 egg
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
•1/2 teaspoon baking soda
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•2 cups quick-cooking oats
•1 package (14 ounces) caramels
•3 tablespoons water
•1 cup (6 ounces) miniature semisweet chocolate chips
•1 cup chopped walnuts
•1 cup plain M&M's
•3 ounces white candy coating


•In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in oats.
• Press into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
• In a microwave, melt caramels with water; stir until smooth. Spread over crust. Sprinkle with the chips, nuts and M&M's. Gently press into the caramel mixture. Melt candy coating; drizzle over the top. Let stand for 5 minutes or until set. Cut into bars. Yield: 6 dozen.

Editor's Note: Confectionery coating, sometimes called "almond bark" or "candy coating", is found in the baking section of most grocery stores. It is often sold in bulk packages of 1 to 1-1/2 pounds.


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