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1 cup flour
1 cup oats
1/2 cup brown sugar packed
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter cold or margarine
12 ounces peanut butter chips (2 cups)
36 chocolate caramels unwrapped
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1. Heat oven to 350°. Grease a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan.
2. To make crust, mix flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Reserve 1 cup of the mixture. Press remaining mixture evenly in bottom of prepared pan. Bake 12 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle peanut butter chips over crust. (Leave oven on.)
3. To make topping, melt caramels in evaporated milk. Spread over chips. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture. Return to oven and bake 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Chill. Cut into bars.
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