Throughout the holiday season I've been sharing a holiday recipe and my weekly holiday check list each Monday. In honor of my Mom's side of the family's Christmas this weekend (and with the help of my Facebook fans helping me decide), I thought I'd share my Grandma Joan's Gooey Wonders recipe!
My Grandma Joan's Gooey Wonders are a staple food group at all of my Mom's family functions, especially at Christmas. My Grandma Joan brings these each Christmas and has enjoyed passing along the tradition and recipe to her grandchildren. I love to make a batch of these indulgent little squares of chocolate, gooey caramel and a delicious butter and oatmeal crumble each Christmas to add a little variety to my Christmas Cookie platters.
Grandma Joan's Gooey Wonders
6 Tbsp Milk
43 Caramel (Not 42 or 44, but 43. I don't know the reason behind 43 but the caramel sauce turns out perfect with each of those 43 caramel squares, so why mess with something that works!)
***Chef's note: Take your time melting the caramels and milk at a medium to medium low heat, constantly stirring. Once they have creamed together into a smooth caramel sauce, take it off the heat and set aside. You don't want to overcook your caramel; otherwise the caramel will be hard rather than gooey.
Mix til crumbly:
1 1/3 cup Flour
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 1/3 cup Oatmeal
3/4 tsp Baking Soda
1 cup Butter, softened
Press 2/3 of the crumb mixture in a greased and floured 9x13 pan. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from oven.
Sprinkle 1 bag of chocolate chips over the top of the crust. Then spread the caramel sauce over the chocolate chips. Lastly, sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture on top of the bars. Bake an additional 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
Now while this may be the hardest part, let the bars cool and then cut into squares. If you can't resist waiting, the bars will be extremely gooey!
And a special note to all of my Iowa readers that receive Iowa Farmer Today in the mail. Check the paper this week as the kids and I are being featured in a Holiday Sweets Farm Kitchen section, where I share this Gooey Wonders recipe and a few others!
Now that you can add this recipe to your holiday baking for the week, it is time to check out what else you should be doing on my weekly Holiday Check List.
Besides continuing to bake a couple Christmas cookies each week, I really need to finish everything that is involved in getting our Christmas letter out for this year. Also, this week is a great time to plan what you're making for family get-togethers and to start your grocery shopping. Be sure to see the complete Holiday Check List here.
And, you can get caught up on my previous week's Holiday Check Lists and Holiday Recipes by clicking on the links below: