Caramelitas or Carmelitas

Caramelitas or Carmelitas: whichever way you spell it, it means delicious!
Caramelitas are oat bars with chocolate and caramel in the center.  They are rich and buttery and totally addicting.  In college, I had a roommate named Margene, who made Caramelitas with Bisquick. I have searched high and low for a similar recipe , but never found one.  This recipe uses flour and baking soda and is simply out of this world!
I must warn you, though, these are RICH!  Cut them small.  That way, you won’t feel bad if you cannot finish an entire piece.  Or, conversely, you won’t feel bad if you eat three or four pieces, because, after all, they were such small pieces!Caramelitas or Carmelitas: whichever way you spell it, it means delicious!
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Easy Caramelitas
  • 1 11oz bag caramels
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1½ cups quick oatmeal
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (any kind: milk, semisweet or dark)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put caramels and milk in a microwave safe bowl and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Stir until melted and smooth, adding 30 seconds of cook time if necessary.
  4. Meanwhile, mix flour, baking soda, salt oatmeal, sugar and melted butter until crumbly.
  5. Firmly press half of the mixture into a foil lined, greased 9 X 13 pan.
  6. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and optional nuts.
  7. Pour melted caramels over the chocolate.
  8. Place remaining crumb mixture on top.
  9. Press it down gently.
  10. Bake 25 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven and gently remove foil lined bars out of the pan to a wire rack to cool.
  12. After 15 more minutes, peel foil off the edges.
  13. Cut these pretty small.
  14. They are super rich and sweet.


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  3. Kristen,
    This sounds like an awesome bake sale treat, for the nut table at least. Making a pan means that I’d get to sample a few, but not be tempted to eat the whole thing for breakfast or a late night snack.

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