How to make Carmelitas

Carmelitas are a no-mixer, layered bar, and the crust and topping are made with the same buttery, brown sugar, vanilla-infused oatmeal and flour mixture. In the middle there's chocolate and caramel sauce.
They're like the softest oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, with a streusel-crumble topping, and more melted caramel than you have napkins for. The oats provide a light amount of texture and chewiness to the otherwise buttery-soft bars, just oozing with juicy caramel everywhere.
You can add salt, to taste, to the caramel sauce for salted carmelitas. I melted caramels with heavy cream (in the micro, use stovetop if you prefer), and while I haven't tried using a jarred sauce like Trader Joe's Salted Caramel, I think you'd be okay; I'd use 1 1/2 jars. You must let these bars set up for at least 4 hours before slicing, but overnight is strongly recommended.
  • 2 cups Quick Oats
  • 1 3/4 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Melted Butter
  • 2 1/2 cups Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 50 Soft Caramels, unwrapped
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  1. Preheat your oven to 350˚F/ 175˚C.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, and melted butter. Mix until well combined and has a crumbly consistency.
  3. Line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper and lightly coat with a nonstick spray.
  4. Pour about 1/2 of the oat mixture into the pan and press with the back of a spoon or spatula until it’s nice and compact. Save the other 1/2 of the oat mixture for later.
  5. Pour two cups of chocolate chips over the oat mixture and spread them out evenly. Save the 1/2 cup for the top.
  6. In a saucepan, melt the soft caramels, and the heavy cream until it becomes a smooth.
  7. Pour melted caramel over the chocolate chips and oat mixture. Carefully spread the caramel until it covers the chocolate.
  8. Pour the rest of the oat mixture over the caramel and spread out evenly.
  9. Add the other 1/2 cup of chocolate chips on top.
  10. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the crust has turned a golden brown. (Times and temperatures may vary from oven to oven)
  11. Allow to cool COMPLETELY before cutting into bars.
  12. Enjoy!!!

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