Chocolate Oat Dulce De Leche Bars

Everyone knows how much Hubby loves caramel. He also loves caramel’s first cousin, dulce de leche. I’ve made Homemade Dulce De Leche in the Crockpot, but sometimes life calls for shortcuts.

Hubby was feeling neglected since it had been all of 3 days since my last baking adventure. So I decided to make a treat that he would really enjoy. Seriously, best wife ever. As I was standing in the baking aisle in my grocery store, a small can caught my eye. I had never seen canned dulce de leche before and I was intrigued to try it.

These Chocolate Oat Dulce De Leche Bars are pretty freaking amazing. You’ve got chocolate and oats and chocolate chips and dulce de leche. They’re out of control.

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Chocolate Oat Dulce De Leche Bars

Yield: 24 bars

Ingredients:

3/4 cups flour
1 cup oats
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp espresso powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 13.4-ounce can dulce de leche
2 Tbsp milk
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Heat oven to 350F.

Place flour, oats, brown sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl and mix well.

Place butter and unsweetened chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute or until butter and chocolate are melted, stirring after 30 seconds. Mix melted butter mixture into dry ingredients until crumb forms.

Reserve 1/2 cup of crumb mixture. Place remaining crumb mixture in a greased 8×8-inch pan and press down evenly. Bake crust for 10 minutes.

Place dulce de leche and milk in a small bowl and mix well until smooth. Evenly spread dulce de leche over partially baked crust.

Top evenly with chocolate chips and remaining 1/2 cup chocolate crumb mixture. Bake an additional 12 to 15 minutes or until set.

Cool 1 hour at room temperature and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours or until filling is set. Cut into 16 bars and store in the refrigerator.

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10 Responses to “Easter Candy Bites”

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    Jennyfer — March 17, 2008 at 2:34 am

    Good job! Looks like we were on the same page for the most part. Great minds think alike. 🙂

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    Nikki57 — March 17, 2008 at 2:52 am

    Great job! They look great

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    CB — March 17, 2008 at 4:17 am

    cupcakes AND cadbury eggs? I have died and gone to heaven. Great job!
    -Clara

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    Elizabeth — March 17, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Great minds! That’s exactly what came to mind for me too! They look amazing! I might make them anyway (although that means I have to figure something else out for the contest!) They sound AMAZING!

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    Butta Buns — March 17, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    This is brilliant, who’d of thunk it!
    They look amazing too, I’m making a dash for the nearest CVS to pick up a few eggs.

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    Kristina — March 17, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    These look amazing!

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    Brooke — March 17, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Oh, you are my hero. I LOVE Cadbury eggs. This is a fantastic idea! Mmmmm…

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    Jaime — March 18, 2008 at 1:14 am

    mmmm cadbury eggs are my favorite!! funny how they harden when you bake them!

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    LisaRene — May 1, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    I find it very amusing that you had a “third try” 🙂

    I too get determined and will proceed to make the same recipe over and over until I get it right. Sometimes I even dream about an imperfect recipe and can’t wait till morning to give it another try 🙂

    Perseverance pays off!

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    Christina — March 4, 2010 at 2:35 am

    I can’t wait to try these! You are a goddess in my book!

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