There is no doubt – fall is here and there is a permanent chill in the air. You think you’re OK being outside and standing in the sun and then that wind hits you and makes you want to dart inside straight to your fireplace. You immediately regret not adding that extra layer, oh so J Crew style. I mean, do you look at their catalogs? How do those models effectively pull off wearing oh I don’t know – like 5 shirts? I attempt it and look nothing but uncomfortable. There must be some secret I am missing.
Anyways, while I haven’t exactly mastered the effortlessly layered look I DID master a layered bar cookie. This cookie is GOOD. I got the inspiration while walking B around Midway airport. We wandered into Potbelly’s which prompted me to remember that I heart their Shelia Dream Bars.
I studied the ingredients on the wrapper and began a search for one similar, minus the coconut as M is not a fan. I stumbled upon one that I thought would be a hit and like most layered cooke bars, it did not disappoint. M’s exact quote? “We need to get these out of the house.” I couldn’t agree more. They are just too tempting to have sitting on the counter.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups butter, melted
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1, 12 ounce jar caramel sauce
- 6 TBS all purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9X13 inch pan.
- In a large bowl, stir together the 2 cups of flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, and baking soda. Mix in melted butter until evenly distributed. Press half of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
- Bake for 10 minutes until lightly toasted. Remove from the oven and sprinkle immediately with the chocolate chips. Let stand. In a small bowl, mix the caramel topping with the remaining flour and drizzle evenly over the chocolate chips.
- Sprinkle the remaining crust mixture evenly over the caramel layer and press down lightly.
- Bake for 15 more minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares. Good luck with this step.