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Salty Caramel Pecan Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Salted caramel fans, these Salty Caramel Pecan Oatmeal Cookie Bars are for you!

Salty Caramel Pecan Oatmeal Cookie Bars

This was a recipe that almost didn’t happen. I had a heck of a time trying to translate these traditional cookies into bar form. My first go completely stuck to the pan. (I’m talking super-glued to the pan.) I lined the pan on my second attempt and swapped coconut oil in place of the butter to keep them from sticking. Simply put, that was a greasy disaster. Fortunately, the third time was the charm. The name might be a mouthful – Salty Caramel Pecan Oatmeal Cookie Bars – but there is no mistaking the goodness here.

Are you a bar cookie fan? I almost think I prefer them over straight up regular cookies. (Not that I’ve been known to turn down either.) I prefer a bit of crunch on my cookies but like a tender middle. That’s why these Salty Caramel Pecan Oatmeal Cookie Bars are so perfect. The right combination of butter and coconut oil keeps these bars softer on the inside (my love!) while the edges take on a delightful caramelized crunch. Toasted pecans and rolled oats provide some girth to the bars and a sprinkle of sea salt on top is the perfect foil for the sweet caramel bits.

Seriously irresistible, especially for salted caramel fans. Bring them to your next BBQ, and see what I mean (that is, if you feel like sharing).

Salty Caramel Pecan Oatmeal Cookie Bars

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Salty Caramel Pecan Oatmeal Cookie Bars
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 1½ cups rolled oats
  • ½ (11-ounce) package caramel baking bits
  • ½ cup pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 8-10 whole pecan halves, toasted (optional)
  • Coarse sea salt (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment, leaving overhang on the sides. Spray pan and parchment lightly with cooking spray.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and coconut oil on medium high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugars, ½ teaspoon salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon and mix thoroughly, stopping occasionally to scrape the sides of the bowl. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gently mix in flour. Pour in oats, caramel bits and chopped pecans and stir with a spoon to combine.
  3. Spread batter in pan and evenly smooth top. Place pecan halves on top (if using) and sprinkle with coarse sea salt (optional). Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top is evenly browned. Allow to cool completely.
  4. Remove from pan by lifting edges of parchment and cut into squares.

16 Comments

  1. Yum!! Looks like a great salty and sweet combination! I’ll keep in mind your recommendation regarding lining the pan!

  2. I love bar cookies better than real cookies, too! I can’t believe I just admitted that, hehe! :)
    DessertForTwo recently posted…Comment on Lazy Girl Sangria by Laura @ Raise Your GardenMy Profile

    • You speak the truth. No shame!

  3. I’m glad you kept trying until they worked out. They look seriously amazing!!
    Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos recently posted…Spicy Chicken Salad SandwichMy Profile

    • Aw, thanks, Becca. They didn’t last long here!

  4. Oh my! These sound so delicious. I love an oatmeal cookie as long as it doesn’t have raisins so this is perfect plus it is in a bar form. That is even better!
    Christie – Food Done Light recently posted…Chopped Vegetable Confetti SaladMy Profile

    • I’m a sucker for raisins in baked goods, but not my son. Gotta shake it up to keep everyone happy!

  5. Holy yum!!!! You had me at salted caramel for sure!!! I definitely love a good cookie bar…they are just so much easier than cookies.

    It was so fun to chat with you guys this weekend!!!!
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life recently posted…Chocolate Mocha Chip Banana BreadMy Profile

    • I like easy, and I like it even more when it tastes like this! :)
      So lovely to finally meet you this weekend. Hope you’re still riding high after that major accomplishment!

  6. Looks great! I like bar cookies just because they require less work and time – no scooping and shaping individual cookies!
    Julie recently posted…Savvy Cookbooks: Patio Pizzeria (and Pizza Pinwheels)My Profile

    • Me, too, Julie! Faster to make and faster to my mouth!

  7. I definitely can’t pass up one of these delicious cookie bars! It was so great meeting you this weekend, Anna and Lisa!

    • Same to you, Ashley! Hard to come back to reality!

  8. These look so phenomenal! I love the addition of the pecans!
    Shawn @ I Wash You Dry recently posted…Pei Wei Spicy ChickenMy Profile

  9. I like this giant cookie! It looks so yummy!

    Chantal
    Chantal recently posted…Coconut cream Tapioca pearls recipeMy Profile

  10. I am glad you stuck with the translation task! I like making bars too for the quick part of it. I have to be careful not to overcook bars, so that the corner ones are still as softly chewy as the rest. I just discovered how much a I love salted caramel about 18 months ago via ice cream. A marvelous way to be introduced by the way.
    Carol at Wild Goose Tea recently posted…Food Bloggers & PlantXingMy Profile

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