CCO bars

This delicious caramel chocolate oatmeal bars are just one of the many recipes that I have discovered going to funerals.

Once again, I find myself digging in my recipe box and pulling one out only to make myself giggle. As I review the recipe, I find a note attached from my dad’s cousin. It read, “My daughter-in-law, Sue, made the delicious caramel chocolate oatmeal bars for mother’s funeral. Hope you enjoy making them. Carol Ann.”

Seriously, what do I do, do I stalk people at funerals for bar recipes?  The last bar recipe I shared was from my aunt’s funeral two years ago. This recipe would be from my great-aunt’s funeral from 10 years ago.

With all that said, it still is one of my favorite recipes because it has chocolate and caramel!


• 1 ½ cups flour

• ½ cup oatmeal – (I prefer quick oats to old fashion oats.)

• 1 1/8 cup brown sugar

• ¾ teaspoon salt

• ¾ teaspoon baking soda

• 1 1/8 cup melted margarine (I use spreadable butter.)


• Mix together.

• Take ¾ of mixture and put into 9-by-13 pan.

• Pat down so it fills the bottom of pan.

• Bake at 375 for 10 minutes, then let cool.

• Next melt together the following:

• 1 bag of caramels (11 ounces bag-unwrapped)

• 3 tablespoon butter.

• 2 tablespoon milk.


• Pour caramel mixture over the cooled mixture.

• Sprinkle with 1 cup chocolate chips.

• Lastly, crumb the remaining uncooked bar mixture on top of the caramel and chocolate.


• Bake at 375 for an additional 10 – 15 minutes.

• Cool and serve.


On a side note, if you hypothetically melt a 16 ounces bag of caramels, no worries. Just let it cool all the way or chill before cutting. They might be a little runny from the caramel, but oh so good.


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