chocolate caramel pie

I have to share this amazing recipe originally taken from "Lulu the Baker" - seriously, you have to go check out her blog...right now!  Her recipe is called "Carmelitas" but I've adapted it and call it Chocolate Caramel Pie.  Don't worry, I asked permission from Lulu the Baker to use my version of it here.

What you need...
32 caramel squares, unwrapped
1/2 cup half and half

1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda

6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

2 to 3 quart saucepan
9" pie pan

Turn the oven on to 350°
Unwrap the caramels (without eating too many...) and toss them in the saucepan along with the half and half.  Turn on the burner to medium low heat.  Stir the caramels and half and half until the caramel melts and it becomes a smooth sauce.  Takes about 15 min or so, depending. 

In the mean time...
Combine the next six ingredients into a bowl (after melting the butter in the micro).  It will form a crumbly mixture.

Once it's combined, take half of the mixture and press it into your pie pan. Place the bottom crust in the oven and bake for 15 min.

Check out my awesome, bright orange pie pan! -->

Once the 15 minute's are up, take the crust out and top with the chocolate chips.  Then, take the now-melted caramel mixture and pour over the chocolate chips.  Take the left over oat mixture and crumble it over the top of the caramel.

Bake the "pie" for another 15 to 20 minutes (I let it go for 20 to get it nice and golden brown).  Once it's done, pull it out and let it cool on a wrack.   Since I was taking the "pie" to a group meeting, I ended up putting it in the fridge for about 45 minutes or so in order to cool it down enough to be able to eat.

Unfortunately, I don't have a finished picture of this wonderful Chocolate Caramel Pie...All I will say is it went so fast there was no time ;) Remember to check out Lulu the Baker's site - it's fantastic and you'll find more wonderful recipes like this!


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