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Caramels, pumpkins, apples… Fall is here.

I went to the store to pick up some oats, and when I walked in, the first thing I noticed were the apples, the pears, and right behind them was a basket filled with caramel candies. As soon as I saw those candies, I started to think about sweet, gooey, chewy desserts and I forgot what I went to the store for. Something I do quite often. :-/ If I could just remember to actually use that Grocery List App that I have on my phone…

Needless to say, I really did forget about the oats. (I didn’t forget about the chocolate covered raisins, now, did I). Had to go back for the oats, and that’s when I thought about Carmelitas. I hadn’t made any since last year.

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My version of Carmelitas should be called Chocolitas. There’s a great amount of caramel in here, but for the chocoholics in this house, I have to add more chocolate. My original recipe includes half cup of chocolate chips, but after the tweaking I did to satisfy the others, we ended up with one cup or more of chocolate chips and a cup and some of caramel. Not bad my friends, not bad at all. I’ll share the original version, but if you are a choco lover, go ahead and double the amount of chocolate chips.

Carmelitas

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 16 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 sticks butter, melted
  • 1 (14 oz.) package of caramel candies, unwrapped
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Line a 9x9 pan with aluminum foil leaving an overhang on opposite sides to lift the bars out. Grease lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and melted butter; mix until well combined.
  • Press half of the oatmeal mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan and put it in the oven to bake for 10 minutes.
  • In the meantime prepare the caramel.
  • Combine caramels and cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until smooth.
  • Remove pan from oven and layer the chocolate chips over the crust.
  • Pour caramel mixture over chocolate chips.
  • Crumble the remaining oatmeal mixture over the caramel.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until light golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and completely cool before removing from pan and cutting into bars.
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  1. tanya1234 September 26, 2012 at 3:16 PM - Reply

    luv it
    thankx

  2. Meghan September 26, 2012 at 8:39 AM - Reply

    Carmelitas are the best! These look fantastic & now I want to make a batch!!

  3. mjskit September 23, 2012 at 5:23 PM - Reply

    I have never had anything like this! Caramel candies baked inside the mixture! You’re killing me! I love caramel, chocolate and oatmeal cookies, so I do believe I would LOVE these!

  4. Lora @cakeduchess September 22, 2012 at 9:59 PM - Reply

    Love these delicious bars. I adore caramel and and with the chocolate and oatmeal-oh my yumminess!

  5. Carolyn September 21, 2012 at 8:21 AM - Reply

    Love carmelitas…one of my all-time faves!

  6. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts September 20, 2012 at 8:14 PM - Reply

    Kind of embarrassed to say I have never had one of these before. But I am really really tempted right now. I think I would probably have trouble staying away from the entire pan!

  7. Kristy September 20, 2012 at 8:35 AM - Reply

    Glad to hear I’m not the only one that loses my head (and lists) in the grocery store. Sometimes it’s just too fun (as long as I don’t have any whiners in tow ;) ).

  8. Rina@Itheecook September 20, 2012 at 6:11 AM - Reply

    Oh these look delicious! All my favorite fall ingredients in one.

  9. Vicki @ WITK September 19, 2012 at 9:55 PM - Reply

    I love fall flavors, they make the transition from warm weather to cold a little easier! This looks like an amazing dessert, please share! :)

  10. Liz September 19, 2012 at 8:25 PM - Reply

    I love carmelitas, too…and doubling the chocolate is a wonderful idea! Now why didn’t I think of that????

  11. Becky September 19, 2012 at 5:00 PM - Reply

    Kate,

    I can’t believe that I have never made Caramelitas before, or even Chocolitas. I must make these yummy treats soon.I have been on a caramel “kick” lately.

  12. kitchenarian September 19, 2012 at 1:33 PM - Reply

    I love desserts with oatmeal. When you add the chocolate and caramel, it is perfectly delicious! I can’t wait to try this. I love fall!!

  13. I’d be the one to forget the oats too. So, what happens if you decide to leave the chocolate out all together? Is that possible without ruining the recipe?

    • Kate@Diethood September 19, 2012 at 12:07 PM - Reply

      That’s what I make for myself! Just caramel sauce…lots of it… if I had to guess, I probably pour in about 2 cups…I always have a jar of homemade caramel…yum! :) One adjustment; do not bake the crust first. Instead, pat down the crust, pour the caramel sauce on top, crumble the rest of the oats mixture, and then bake it for about 25 to 30 minutes.

  14. Ramona September 19, 2012 at 9:48 AM - Reply

    Oh yes… this is definitely going on my list of must makes. :)

  15. Claudie September 19, 2012 at 8:47 AM - Reply

    Kate, let me first congratulate you on your new little girl since I haven’t had a chance yet! Lots of best wishes to her and your entire family!

    As for the carmelitas, I’m 100% for Chocolitas, they look just delicious with that melted chocolate you can see in between the oats! Really nicely done :)

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