These bar-style cookies recently took first-place in the desserts category in a local recipe contest. If you're feeling guilty about indulging in something that tastes so sinful, knock the devil off your shoulder and console yourself with the fact that the addition of oats and nuts constitute a healthy dessert choice. Feel better now? Enjoy!
In large mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of flour, oats, brown sugar, soda, salt and butter. Blend well at low speed to form crumbs. Press half of crumbs into bottom of an 11" x 7" baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.
Remove pan from oven. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and pecans. Blend caramel topping with remaining flour. Pour caramel mixture over chocolate and pecans to cover. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture. Bake 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Chill 1-2 hours before serving. Cut into bars.