Have any of you ever had a carmelita? Well, I had one recently, and not to be dramatic, but my life changed.
Besides having a name that’s really fun to say, carmelitas are quadruple-layered bars of a buttery oat mixture, rich semi-sweet chocolate, chewy, gooey caramel, and more buttery oats.
They have all of that deliciousness packed into one, easy-to-make bar! And… because they’re made in bar form, they’re super easy to cut and serve at a bake sale or party! 🙂
With school being so busy lately, I haven’t had a ton of time to bake, but after trying a carmelita for the first time when I was out , I knew I had to recreate the recipe – when I had a break in homework, of course! So, armed with my spatula and a host of yummy ingredients, I came up with this recipe. And I must say, I’m pretty proud of it! It combines three of the yummiest flavors into one simple bar, and can be baked and cleaned up faster then you can say carmelitas!
Also, I do have quite an affinity for fall and anything autumn-related, as you know from this, this, and this, and this carmelita recipe doesn’t disappoint! Filled with chewy and gooey caramel, this is reminiscent of a caramel apple… except, instead of an apple, imagine a chocolate bar instead. Not too bad of an image… 😉
So, I hope you enjoy this recipe, my lovely followers, because a lot of hard work and time, as well as a lot of love went into making it just for you. And if some strings of caramel fall on you while eating these, don’t worry about it – that means you did it right!
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes total
Yield: 1 9×9 inch pan
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup oats (quick or regular both work!)
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup Kraft caramels (you can estimate)
- Mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, salt and melted butter in a large bowl with a spatula.
- Press half of the mixture into your pan and set the other half aside. Bake at 350*F for 9 minutes.
- Sprinkle the baked layer evenly with chocolate chips.
- Unwrap you caramels and warm them up so they’re pourable in the microwave for about 40 seconds.
- Pour the melted caramels evenly over the pan, and then sprinkle the rest of the remaining oat mixture.
- Bake the whole pan again for 16 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Enjoy!