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Name: Caramelitas
Key Ingredient: oats
Preparation: bake
Cuisine: American
Food Group: cookies
Meals: dinner, snack, party
Courses: dessert
Temperature: room
Effort: easy
Prep. Time: :20
Elapsed Time: :50
Occasion: Christmas
Servings: 36

1 cup plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup quick oats, uncooked
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, melted
1 (12 1/4 ounce) jar caramel topping
1 (6 ounce) package (1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350F. In large mixer bowl, combine 1 cup flour and next five (5) ingredients and beat at low speed until well mixed. Evenly pat into an ungreased 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Bake 10 minutes. Meanwhile, stir caramel topping and remaining 3 tablespoons flour until well mixed. Remove pan from oven; sprinkle on chocolate chips and walnuts. Drizzle on caramel mixture. Return pan to oven and continue baking 20 to 25 minutes more or until browned. Cool before cutting. Cut into 36 bars, 2-3/4 x 1-inch.

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