Carmelitas - The perfect sweet treat for any occasion... these carmelitas are full of sweet oats, luscious chocolate and decadent melted caramel!
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Gooey and Delicious Carmelitas

The perfect sweet treat for any occasion... these carmelitas are full of sweet oats, luscious chocolate and decadent melted caramel!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time28 mins
Total Time38 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 x8 pan
Author: The Chunky Chef

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats don't use quick cooking
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt optional
  • 40 caramel squares unwrapped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt (for salted caramel sauce feel free to omit if you'd like)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8×8" pan with aluminum foil (the nonstick kind if you have it) and spray lightly with cooking spray.
  • Melt butter in small dish, in microwave for about 60 - 90 seconds.
  • Add the brown sugar, vanilla, and whisk until smooth and combined.
  • Add the flour, oats, baking soda, 1/4 tsp salt, and stir with rubber spatula until combined.
  • Add half of the oat mixture to the prepared pan, press it with spatula or fingers, into an even layer.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. While it bakes, make the caramel sauce.
  • In a bowl, combine the unwrapped caramels, cream, and microwave for 4 minutes, stirring every 60 seconds, until the sauce is smooth and easy to stir. Add 1/2 tsp salt and stir.
  • After 10 minutes, remove pan from the oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over the oats.
  • Carefully pour the caramel sauce over the chocolate.
  • Crumble remaining oat mixture over the top (or press it into a smooth layer).
  • Place in oven and bake for about 18 minutes (yours might be done sooner, start checking after about 15 minutes), or until edges are lightly browned and center is just set.
  • Melt milk chocolate and drizzle over the top of the bars.
  • Let bars to cool completely in the pan before slicing or else the hot caramel and chocolate will run everywhere. Mine took about 2-3 hours. You could also put the pan in the refrigerator, covered, to speed up the cooling process.