Patrick recently provided me with a double treat — he let me review his latest novel, ONCE UPON A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN and to thank me for the review, sent along some wonderfully tasty goodies.
They were so good, that I asked Patrick if he would let me have the recipe and here it is!
1 3/4 cups quick oats
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup melted butter
14 oz bag of vanilla caramels
1/4 cup water
1 6oz package of semi-sweet chocolate pieces
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 13X9-inch baking pan. Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Add butter, mixing until crumbly. Reserve 1 cup oats mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
Meanwhile, combine caramels and water in medium saucepan. Melt over low heat, stirring until caramels are melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. Sprinkle chocolate pieces over partially baked base. Drizzle caramel mixture over chocolate pieces to within 1/4 inch of pan edges. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture. Continue baking 15-18 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely. Chill until chocolate is set. Cut in bars.
Another double treat is coming up on Thursday, July 12! NY Times Bestselling author Jane Green will be dropping by the blog to discuss writing and her new release, SECOND CHANCE. In honor of her visit, anyone who leaves a comment on the blog will have a chance to win an autographed ARC of my September release, SOUTH BEACH CHICAS CATCH THEIR MAN from Downtown Press and SECRET AGENT REUNION, my August release from Silhouette Romantic Suspense.