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Oatmeal Creme Pie Caramelitas and a Surprise Virtual Baby Shower for Lisa!

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W&G 2I am so excited — today, a bunch of girls and I are coming together to bring Lisa of Wine & Glue a virtual baby shower!

If you don’t know Lisa, she’s an absolute sweetheart to the max.  Not only is she a fantastic friend, she’s also a hilarious blogger who makes AMAZING treats (like this & this), a loving mommy and wife, & a badass human being with a heart of gold.  Therefore, I am honored to have been able to participate in this virtual shower for her!

Usually IRL [in real life, yo] I never know what to bring to parties.  Holiday parties, birthday parties, backyard BBQs, baby showers… I’m such a mess.  I overthink everything — should I do the whole pink & blue theme for a baby shower?  Spend hours tracking down tiny cocktail umbrellas to pierce tropical meatballs for a backyard luau?  GAAAAHHH.

But I have to say, bringing food to a food blogger’s party is a lot different.  While it may seem like the most stressful party one could go to (the judgment! the critiques!) it really isn’t.  Food bloggers are simple-minded creatures.  Yeah, we create insane desserts loaded with butter and sugar and candy, but when it boils down to it, we just freakin’ love food.  And 99% of us are just glorified garbage disposals for anything remotely edible.  Or maybe I’m only speaking for myself — whatever.

My point is, for Lisa’s virtual baby shower I am bringing something I know would please a crowd — and a mommy to be! — because it’s simple-yet-dressed-up and tastes infreakingcredible.  Seriously, when and if I ever get preggo, I am going to request these bars on a daily basis.  They’re that good.

I’m not even pregnant yet and I’m already getting pregnancy cravings for these Oatmeal Creme Pie Caramelitas.  It’s like reverse pregnancy magic.  Or possibly just all of that irresistible caramel gushing out of the sides of the buttery oat crust.  Either or.

DSC_0140AAnyways, CONGRATULATIONS to my sweet friend, Lisa — may your little cupcake be as sweet as her mommy!  I lurve you!

DSC_0137A*caramelitas recipe adapted from Averie 

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Oatmeal Creme Pie Caramelitas and a Surprise Virtual Baby Shower for Lisa!
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Recipe type: Bars
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Serves: 9
 
The classic caramelitas recipe gets a fun twist with a surprise middle consisting of Oatmeal Creme Pies! You won't be able to pass up one of these irresistibly gooey bars.
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 jar caramel sundae sauce
  • 6 Oatmeal Creme Pies, unwrapped and roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8" pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray -- seriously, if you think you sprayed it enough, spray it again -- you will be sorry if you don't! Set the pan aside.
  2. In a large microwaveable bowl, combine the melted butter, vanilla extract, flour, oats, baking soda and salt until incorporated. The mixture will be thick.
  3. Press half of the mixture into the prepared pan -- it will be a very thin, flat layer -- this is okay. Bake the crust for 10 minutes; remove from oven.
  4. Sprinkle the chopped Oatmeal Creme Pies over the top of the crust. Pour the caramel sauce evenly over the chopped pies to cover. Break apart the remaining crust dough and sprinkle it evenly on top of the caramel layer, trying to cover the caramel layer as best as possible. There will be cracks and that's okay.
  5. Bake for approximately 15-18 minutes or until the top is golden brown and bubbly. Allow the pan to cool completely to room temperature before cutting into squares. I highly recommend waiting overnight for the bars to set up completely (you can even put them in the fridge to expedite this process) because otherwise they'll fall. Serve warmed or room temperature.

DSC_0146AGooey, chewy, buttery and stuffed with those magical little creme pies — what’s not to love about these irresistible, one of a kind bars?  As if the name wasn’t enough, JUST LOOK AT THE CARAMEL!  ‘Nuff said.

Be sure to hop over to see what everyone else brought to Lisa’s surprise shower!  There is no shortage of amazing goodies here :)

Please join us in celebrating a virtual baby show from Lisa of Wine and Glue. If you didn’t know already, it’s a girl!

Chocolate Oreo Cheesecake from Back For Seconds

Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats from Chocolate, Chocolate and more

Lemon White Chocolate M&M Cookies from Something Swanky

Lemon Strawberry Cookie Cups from Beyond Frosting

Strawberry Shortcake Eclair Cake from Inside BruCrew Life

Strawberry and Jam Buttermilk Coffee Cake from French Press

Perfect Sugar Cookies from Crazy for Crust

No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake In A Jar from Life, Love and Sugar

Roasted Blueberry Tart from Lemons for Lulu

White Chocolate Peeps Cookiewiches from Frugal Foodie Mama

Pistachio Dreamboat Dessert from High Heels and Grills

No-Bake Lemon Berry Cheesecake Mousse Parfait from Happy Food Healthy Life

Creamy Strawberry Pie from Julie’s Eats & Treats

Oatmeal Creme Pie Caramelitasfrom The Domestic Rebel

Cookie Butter S’Mores Dip from Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Baby Quiche Lorraine from Real Housemoms

Raspberry Pretzel Salad from Mom On Timeout

Berry chocolate french toast casserole from Roxana’s Home Baking

Sunrise Cupcakes from Lemon Tree Dwelling

Strawberry Coconut-Lime Icebox Cake from Kitchen Meets Girl

Avocado and Mango Chicken Salad from The Tasty Fork

Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade from {i love} my disorganized life

Spinach Artichoke Dip Appetizer Pizza from Chef in Training

Have a fantastical day!!

xo, Hayley

 

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Comments

  1. “glorified garbage disposals for anything remotely edible” <—— OMG. This is why I love you so much! You are so hilarious. (BTW, this is TOTALLY me.) LOVE all of you, LOVE this shower, and LOOOOOOOOVE these bars. Yes. I am going to need a whole pile. Daily. Please and thank you. Huge virtual hugs Hayley!!

  2. yes, I am most definitely a garbage disposal for pretty much any food {as long as it’snot eggplant} these my dear look insane

  3. Drool! Virtual baby showers are so fun; what a great idea!

  4. awww yayyyy virtual baby shower!

    and I am drooooling over the gooey caramel-y goodness right in front of me!!!

  5. Carmelitas AND oatmeal crème pies? Woah. I think I need a minute to process this. I can’t fathom the gloriousness.

  6. Oatmeal Creme Pie week just keeps getting better and better!!!!

  7. Oh. My. Yum! All of that ooey gooey caramel… Definitely skipping the fork and just licking my fingers for these! ;) I’m totally the same when it comes to baking for a potluck. Even our food blogger one at Dorothy’s last month — I spent nearly a week trying to figure something out that would be fun but not too simple, yummy but not too hard to make. Oof!

  8. Totally drooling on my keyboard over here! And I am pretty sure my husband would love me forever & ever if I make these for him- he is an oatmeal creme pie fanatic. ;)
    Pinned & sharing!

  9. Hey dear- I am actually making these right now. Is there no sugar at all in the crust? I went ahead and added a little into mine, but just wanted to check in case it was accidentally omitted. I wasn’t sure if maybe the caramel gave the bars enough sweetness & that is why there is no sugar in the crust part. Thanks! :)

  10. Forget a crowd, can I just eat all of these myself?! MY GOD HAYLEY THESE ARE GLORIOUS!! :D

  11. I can totally relate to being an over-thinker….like for Easter….I have about 8 different ideas rolling around in my head! These caramelitas definitely look like a crowd pleaser, though, so good job :) Happy to be part of Lisa’s shower with you!

  12. I sorta wish I was pregnant so I could have an excuse to eat at least a hundred of these. You’re a genius.

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