Caramel Oatmeal Chewies by Patrick Sanchez

patrick1.jpg I had the pleasure of meeting Patrick Sanchez at last year’s Chica Lit festival in Miami. Here’s a picture of me with Patrick and my friends and fellow authors, Lara Rios and Berta Platas.

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!

ONCE UPON A NERVOUS BREAKDOWNCaramel Oatmeal Chewies

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.

5 thoughts on “Caramel Oatmeal Chewies by Patrick Sanchez”

  1. I’m definitely going to try these treats. My daughter, Emily who is sitting on my lap right now, said, “print it!” So, I’ll have to. Thanks to you and Patrick

    Of couse, she wants to know why there’s a naked man on your website. LOL. She’s six. I told her he was a vampire and all vampires hang out without clothes. Don’t they?

  2. Patrick is totally nice, sweet and a great writer! I hope you try these out because they were totally yummy and I guess we can say healthy as well on account of the oatmeal (LOL!)

  3. Oh gosh, what a cutie… a man that can bake and write beautiful stories, there’s some hope yet for me *LOL* I’m hopeless at cooking my mom has just about given up ;o)

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