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Cappuccino Caramel Oat Bars

Cappuccino Caramel Oat BarsOats give these coffee and caramel flavored cookie bars a nice chewy texture.

Recipe Ingredients:

3 cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans - divided use
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon instant coffee powder or instant espresso coffee
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup caramel ice cream topping

Glaze:
2 tablespoons very hot milk
1 teaspoon instant coffee powder (do not use granulated or freeze-dried coffee)
1 cup powdered sugar

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Lightly grease 15 x 10-inch jelly roll pan.
  2. In large bowl, combine oats, flour, 1 cup pecans, baking soda and salt; mix well. Set aside.
  3. In large bowl, beat sugar and butter with electric mixer until creamy.
  4. In small bowl, whisk eggs with coffee powder and vanilla until well blended. Add to butter mixture; continue beating until light and fluffy. Stir in oat mixture; mix well. (Dough will be very thick.) Reserve 2 cups for topping; set aside.
  5. Using lightly floured hands, press remaining oat mixture evenly onto bottom of pan.
  6. Spread caramel topping evenly over crust to within 1/4-inch from edges.
  7. Drop spoonfuls of reserved dough over caramel topping; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup pecans.
  8. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until center feels firm when lightly touched. (Do not overbake.) Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
  9. For Glaze: combine milk and coffee powder in small bowl; stir until coffee powder dissolves. Add powdered sugar; stir until smooth.
  10. Drizzle over cookies in pan. Let stand 15 minutes to set glaze.
  11. Cut into bars or other shapes. Store tightly covered.

Makes 48 bars.

Nutrition Information Per Serving (1/48 of recipe): Calories 160, Calories From Fat 60, Total Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 2.5g, Cholesterol 20mg, Sodium 100mg, Total Carbohydrates 24g, Dietary Fiber 1g, Protein 2g

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of The Quaker Oats Company.