These easy Carmelita Bars are a caramel lover’s dream come true, with soft gooey caramel and chocolate sandwiched between layers of buttery sweet oatmeal crumbs. These will quickly become your new favorite bar cookie.

Ingredients

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  • Cookie Base
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Caramel Sauce
  • 36 caramels unwrapped (Kraft brand)
  • ½ cup heavy cream

Instructions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil sprayed with nonstick spray.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, rolled oats, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, melted butter, and vanilla extract with a fork.
  • Using a spoon and a fork, pat a little more than half of the mixture into your prepared pan and bake it for 10 minutes.
  •  Meanwhile, add the unwrapped caramels and the heavy cream to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 60-second intervals, stirring well after each interval, until the caramels are melted, and the sauce is smooth. Use a whisk towards the end of the melting process for a smoother caramel sauce.
  •  Remove the baked oat mixture from the oven and sprinkle it with the chocolate chips.
  • Pour the caramel sauce over the chocolate chips. Sprinkle with the remaining oat mixture and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool completely before cutting. Once slightly cooled, you can speed the process up by placing the pan in the fridge.

Notes

  • Line your pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil sprayed with nonstick spray. The caramel sauce gets very sticky, and it tries to stick to the pan.
  • Quick oats can be substituted, but we prefer old-fashioned rolled oats for a chewier texture and finish.
  • Have the caramels unwrapped and ready to go before you start the recipe.
  • You can also make the caramel sauce on the stovetop over low heat, stirring very frequently until melted and smooth.
  • For a change of taste, try other chip flavors like dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, or peanut butter.
  • Add chopped pecans, walnuts, peanuts, or macadamia nuts.
  • Store fully cooled bars in an airtight container on the counter at room temperature for up to 5 days or in the fridge for up to 8 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 608kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 264mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 688IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 2mg

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