Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Kraft Caramel Squares (with Gluten-free option)

This delicious square recipe came to me from my friend, Shelley, many years ago, but it is still a favorite of mine. I have adapted it to be gluten-free so I'll give both the original and the gluten-free recipes.

And yes, you really do have to unwrap 64 Kraft Caramels, but patience is a virtue and ,in this case at least, you are 'richly' rewarded ! smile

(This is a big recipe but it freezes well - or you can cut it in half)

It will make one 18x15 baking sheet , or two 9x13 pans

Original recipe
ingredients
64 Kraft Caramel candy
1 cup Carnation Evaporated milk
2 cups flour
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup butter (I use 1 cup)
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

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For Gluten-free - exchange 2 cups flour for
3/4 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup tapioca starch
1/2 cup potato starch
1/4 cup sweet rice flour
1 tsp xanthan gum

and make sure you use gluten-free oats

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Method

(same for both)

1. melt caramels on top of the stove in the 1 cup evaporated milk on low heat.
2. mix flour, oats, soda, salt well
3. using your hands work butter into flour making crumbs.
4. using a little more than half of crumbs press into pans making a thin base
5. bake for 5 min. at 350'
6. pour caramel mixture over the baked base
7. sprinkle chocolate chips and nuts over the caramel
8. crumble rest of crumbs over the top
9. bake for another 20 minutes or until golden
10. let set , cut while still warm and let harden in fridge.
11. try to eat just one piece !! smile
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Note: I prefer to store these in the fridge until serving time - especially with the gluten-free ones, and they are great from freezer to mouth. smile

11 comments:

  1. I just sent this to my daughter who has to use gluten free cooking for my grandson.

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  2. For some time now, I am following your blog. I find it so very interesting to see how the German roots shine through in your community. Originally I was in search of some of my grandmother's recipes when I came accross your blog. My Dad's Familiy is mennonite from Eastern Prussia, after the war they came to West Germany (they live almost on the Dutch border - where the menonite movement begun). The old traditions however, seem to be watered down somewhat in my family - therefore I find it interesting to browse on your website. Greetings from England

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  3. I bet you these taste wonderful! Oats, nuts, caramel....yumm!

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  4. this sounds perfect for the freezer and unexpected company. with Christmas around the corner you can never it will be great to have on hand.

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  5. These are one of my favorite squares, and yes we used to be assigned the job of unwrapping the carmels. We never included the nuts.
    My mom would freeze the large batch of them, but everytime she went to the freezer to retrieve them, there were less than the time before (they taste great frozen:))

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  6. Julie..this is definetly worth unwrapping all those caramels!
    Great addition for my Christmas baking list.

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  7. what a great reciper - looking forward to making these for Christmas

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  8. Oh lucky me. .I just found a bag or two of Kraft Caramels that I forgot to "use" up.

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  9. A plate of these with a hot cup of cocoa is what I need tonight (since its 10 below zero).

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  10. Sounds delicious! The caramel sounds really yummy in this recipe.

    LaTeaDah

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