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Cappuccino-Caramel Oat Bars
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3 cups rolled oats

2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cup chopped pecans

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tablespoon instant coffee powder or instant espresso powder

2 teaspoons vanilla

3/4 cup caramel ice cream topping

Coffee Glaze (optional)

2 tablespoons very hot milk

1 teaspoon instant coffee powder

1 cup sifted powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 15-by-10-inch baking pan; set aside.

In a large bowl stir together oats, flour, 1 cup of pecans, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

In a separate bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar and beat until combined, scraping the sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs, 1 tablespoon coffee powder, and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the oat mixture as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining mixture with a wooden spoon. Reserve 2 cups of the mixture for the topping.

Using floured hands, press remaining oat mixture evenly into bottom of prepared pan. Spread caramel topping evenly over crust to within 1/4-inch of edges. Drop spoonfuls of reserved topping mixture over caramel topping; sprinkle with the remaining pecans.

Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until edges are set (do not overbake). Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

To make the glaze:

In a small bowl combine very hot milk and instant coffee powder; stir until dissolved. Stir in sifted powdered sugar until smooth. Drizzle over bars in pan. Let stand 15 minutes to set glaze.


Recipe courtesy of  "Better Homes and Gardens."

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