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M&M Oat Bars

These irresistible bars can sweeten any holiday. —Renee Schwebach, Dumont, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    6 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 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 miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup plain M&M's
  • 3 ounces white candy coating

Directions

  • 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 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° until golden brown, 10-15 minutes. 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 until set, 5 minutes. Cut into bars.
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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 104 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 56mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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