Ooey gooey carmelitas

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Ooey gooey carmelitas recipe -a soft and chewy brown sugar oatmeal cookie crust with a thick layer of chocolate and caramel. Take one bite and you’ll be hooked!

These take your regular oatmeal chocolate chip bars to a whole new level. The layer of caramel is simply irresistible and takes them over the top! They are super rich and are perfect for chocolate and caramel lovers.

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These bars are always requested by friends and family. I got this recipe several years ago at a cookie exchange and it is adapted from The Pillsbury bake off winner in 1967. The last batch I made, I ate a small square and sent the rest into work with my husband so I wasn’t tempted to eat the entire pan (believe me I would have). He said they were gone in about 2 seconds and everyone loved them! They are dangerously delicious.

Ooey gooey carmelitas recipe -a soft and chewy brown sugar oatmeal cookie crust with a thick layer of chocolate and caramel.

How to make carmelitas

These carmelitas are so easy to make and only take one bowl and a wooden spoon! I show you how to make your own caramel sauce, but you can definitely use store bought as well to make these bars even easier. Just make sure to add in a Tablespoon of flour to thicken it up a bit.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, rolled oats, brown sugar, butter and baking soda. Stir until combined. Press a little more than half of the dough into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly golden. Remove from oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips over top. You can add chopped nuts here if you’d like. Then pour caramel mixture evenly over the chocolate. (leaving about 1/2 inch from the edge). Crumble the rest of the dough over the top and gently pat down.

How to make carmelitasIt’s best to wait to cut into the bars until they are completely cooled so you get nice looking bars and not a big mess. I can never resist waiting until they are completely cool to sneak a little bite. I mean, look at the gooey caramel and chocolate. How  could you resist sneaking a bite before they’re done cooling? To speed up the cooling process, I usually stick them in the refrigerator.

Whether you’re looking for a Sunday treat to make for your family or a dessert to make for company, these oatmeal carmelitas with chocolate are definitely something everyone will enjoy. Make sure to grab a cold glass of milk to go with!

Easy carmelitas recipe -SO good!

 

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Easy carmelitas recipe

carmelitas

Carmelitas

Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 25
Calories: 153 kcal
Author: Jamielyn

Ooey gooey carmelitas recipe -a soft and chewy brown sugar oatmeal cookie crust with a thick layer of chocolate and caramel. Take one bite and you'll be hooked!

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Ingredients

  • 1 11-ounce package caramels (about 35), unwrapped (or use caramel bits)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 3/4 cup butter melted (I used salted)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x9" baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside
  2. Combine the caramels and heavy cream in a medium sized pan. Heat over low heat until smooth, stirring constantly. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, rolled oats, brown sugar, butter and baking soda. Stir until combined. Press a little more than half of the dough into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly golden. Remove from oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips over top. Then pour caramel mixture evenly over the chocolate. (leaving about 1/2 inch from the edge). Crumble the rest of the dough over the top and gently pat down. Place back in the oven and bake an additional 13-17 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from oven and cool at least 1 hour before cutting.

Recipe Notes

*To make these easier you can use 1/2 cup store bought caramel sauce instead of making the caramel (omit caramels and heavy cream), however you'll need to mix it with 1 1/2 Tablespoons flour.

You can also add chopped nuts when you add the chocolate chips, if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Carmelitas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 153 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 97mg 4%
Potassium 61mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Sugars 8g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 4.9%
Calcium 1.7%
Iron 4.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Adapted from Pillsbury

Ooey gooey carmelitas recipe -a soft and chewy brown sugar oatmeal cookie crust with a thick layer of chocolate and caramel. Take one bite and you'll be hooked!
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Jamielyn Nye

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Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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7 comments on “Ooey gooey carmelitas”

  1. I made these first about 1981 and my children thought they were fantastic.  Your recipe looks a little more gooey than mine  but they do look wonderful.

  2. I am going to have to try these, they look and sound delicious! Thanks! 

  3. Can’t wait to make this. My family will love this.

  4. Are these able to stay out? Or do they have to stay refrigerated?

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