Caramel Oatmeal Cookie Bars

LAST UPDATED: Oct 27, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Oct 19, 2020 | By:

Caramel Oatmeal Cookie Bars, also known as Mountain Bars are thick, chewy bars filled with chocolate chips, oatmeal and caramel with an irresistible crunchy topping.

We were first introduced to these bars when we dined at local favorite, Ingredient in Kansas City. Chris couldn’t resist their Caramel Oatmeal Cookie Bars.  

Caramel Oatmeal Cookie Bar on white plate

I recreated this magical treat, also known as Mountain Bars or Carmelita Bars. No matter what you call it, they’re amazing. Fortunately they’re incredibly quick and easy to make, too!

They’re made with a thick oatmeal cookie base, topped with a layer of chocolate and creamy caramel and crumbly topping that browns to perfection. The result is a decadent, easy-to-serve dessert that you can take to tailgates and bonfires or serve hot and a la mode for an evening entertaining at home!

cookie bars in baking dish by blue napkin

I love cookie bars like Sugar Cookie Bars and Chocolate Chip Salted Caramel Cookie Bars because they’re quicker and easier than having to make individual cookies. Not to mention, every bite is like the deliciously chewy center! Instead of dropping dough onto cookie sheet after cookie sheet and spending your afternoon baking, you just drop it all into a 9×9 baking dish and slice!

sliced bars in gold baking dish with blue napkin
  • Caramels – Pre-wrapped caramels tend to melt the best yielding the creamiest caramel filling.
  • Heavy Cream – Also known as whipping cream to make the caramel sauce rich and decadent.
  • Butter – Salted or unsalted.
  • Brown Sugar – Adds great caramelized flavor and sweetens the bars.
  • Flour – All purpose flour makes the cookie base and crumb topping.
  • Oats – Rolled oats for added texture.
  • Baking Soda – The leavening agent.
  • Chocolate Chips – Semi-sweet or milk chocolate, your choice!

How to Make Caramel Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

  1. Prep – Preheat oven and line baking dish with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  2. Make Crumble Topping – In a small bowl combine flour and brown sugar.
  3. Make Caramel Sauce – In a medium saucepan melt caramels and heavy cream.
  4. Make Cookie Bars – Combine butter, brown sugar, flour, oats and baking soda. Press into parchment lined 9×9 baking dish and bake.
  5. Top – Sprinkle with chocolate chips and cover with caramel sauce and crumble topping. chocolate chips on top of oatmeal cookie dough in baking dish caramel being poured over bars crumble being spooned onto cookie bars
  6. Bake – Bake until golden brown and cut while warm. unbaked bars with crumble on topsliced cookie bars

Serving Suggestions

oatmeal bar with chocolate chips and caramel on white plate

Tips

  • Line your dish with parchment for easy cleanup.
  • Cut while warm for easy removal.
sliced oatmeal cookie bars in baking dish

Shortcuts

  • Use Caramel Sauce – Simply eliminate caramels and heavy cream.
  • Use Store-Bought Cookie Dough

How to Store

  • At Room Temperature – Store covered for up to 5 days.

Dietary Considerations

  • Gluten Free – Make oatmeal chocolate bars gluten free by substituting with gluten free flour.
  • Nut Free

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Caramel Oatmeal Cookie Bars (Mountain Bars)

Author: Julie Blanner
Thick and chewy bars filled with oats, chocolate chips and caramel for the perfect bite, every time!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 27 mins
Total Time 37 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9
Calories 478 kcal

Ingredients
  

Topping

Caramel Sauce

  • 28 caramels unwrapped
  • ½ cup heavy cream

Bars

  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line 9×9" pan with parchment paper or grease.
  • In a small bowl, combine flour and brown sugar to make topping. Set aside.
  • In a saucepan over low heat, combine caramels and cream. Stir frequently until smooth. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, combine melted butter, brown sugar, flour, oats and baking soda.
  • Transfer mixture to pan and pat mixture in to fill.
  • Bake 10 minutes.
  • Remove and top with chocolate chips followed by caramel sauce and topping mixture.
  • Bake 15 minutes. Remove and allow to slightly cool before transferring.Cut and remove while warm.

Notes

Substitutions and Variations

  • Caramels and Heavy Cream – Eliminate to substitute with caramel sauce for a quick shortcut.
  • Butter – Salted or unsalted.
  • Chocolate Chips – Semi-sweet or milk chocolate.
  • Alternatively, you can make thicker bars by using an 8×8 baking pan.

Tips

  • Line your dish with parchment for easy cleanup.
  • Cut while warm for easy removal.

Nutrition

Calories:478kcalCarbohydrates:65gProtein:5gFat:23gSaturated Fat:14gCholesterol:61mgSodium:346mgPotassium:161mgFiber:1gSugar:44gVitamin A:680IUVitamin C:1mgCalcium:83mgIron:1mg
5 from 1 vote
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