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caramelitas recipe

Week 5 of 12 Weeks of Holiday Treats! I watched Kelsey Nixon make these Carmelitas on the Cooking Channel and knew that I would love them. I was right. They remind me of an Oatmeal Scotchie, but in bar form. I love the chocolate chips and pecans in the middle, I like crunch. I have made these with mini chips, but they melt, so be sure to use regular size chips. They also freeze really well.

I have made these bars 3 times in the last week. They are really easy and so gooey and delicious. I love making caramel, but you can buy caramel sauce and add a little salt to it if you want. Adding the flour helps thicken the caramel during baking and then it will not run all over. I did not let these cool enough before I cut them for these pictures. Be sure to let them cool completely before you cut them. I made a few different kinds of bar cookies the other day and these were the first to go. Three different people asked me for the recipe. This recipe is a keeper.

carmelitas recipe

2 cups flour
1 3/4 cups quick cooking oats
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups butter, room temperature
3/4 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1 1/2 cups Salted Caramel Sauce (homemade or store-bought)
2 1/2 Tablespoons flour

Caramel Sauce:
1 cup sugar
1/4 water
3/4 cup heavy cream
3 1/2 Tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon sea salt

carmelitas recipePreheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Add flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, and butter to the bowl of a mixer.

carmelitas recipeMix on low until crumbly. Divide dough in half.

carmelitas recipePress half of the dough into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
carmelitas recipeWhile the crust is cooling, stir flour into caramel.
carmelitas recipeSprinkle chocolate chips and pecans over crust.

carmelitas recipeDrizzle caramel over chips and nuts.

carmelitas recipeTop with remaining dough.
carmelitas recipeBake for another 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool completely. Chill in fridge before cutting to squares.

carmelitas recipeTo make caramel sauce: Heat sugar and water in a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium-low heat. When the sugar has dissolved, increase the heat to medium-high. Boil without stirring until the sugar is a deep amber color, about 5 minutes. Take off the heat and whisk in cream. It will bubble and spit. Whisk in butter and salt. As it cools, it will thicken.

Carmelitas

Carmelitas

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 3/4 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups Salted Caramel Sauce (homemade or store-bought)
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons flour
  • Caramel Sauce:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 water
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 1/2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Add flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, and butter to the bowl of a mixer. Mix on low until crumbly. Divide dough in half.
  2. Press half of the dough into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
  3. While the crust is cooling, stir flour into caramel. Sprinkle chocolate chips and pecans over crust. Drizzle caramel over chips and nuts.Top with remaining dough. Bake for another 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool completely. Chill in fridge before cutting to squares.
  4. To make caramel sauce: Heat sugar and water in a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium-low heat. When the sugar has dissolved, increase the heat to medium-high. Boil without stirring until the sugar is a deep amber color, about 5 minutes. Take off the heat and whisk in cream. It will bubble and spit. Whisk in butter and salt. As it cools, it will thicken.
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19 Responses to Carmelitas [Week 5 of 12 Weeks of Holiday Treats]

  1. You know? I’ve never tried these! They are totally my thing too, and this has given me the reminder I need!!

  2. Kristi says:

    These look great! I am planning on baking treats for the holidays, and these look like they would be perfect.

  3. Virginia says:

    These look delicious! I love your 12 weeks of cookies for inspiration on what to bake for the holidays. Your Nanaimo Bars recipe was fantastic and has become a yearly baking tradition. I lived in the Pacific Northwest for several years, and they make a peanut butter variation as well as a white chocolate variation. The white chocolate one is my absolute favorite. I believe that the middle layer has a cinnamon/coffee flavor. I’ve scoured the internet trying to find a recipe for them, but everything I’ve found isn’t the real deal. I have been tempted to experiment in the kitchen, but I haven’t, yet. I thought that it wouldn’t hurt to suggest that for a possible future inclusion in your 12 weeks of cookies :)

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Those look delicious. If you use pre-made caramel sauce, do you add the same amount of salt as you would if you make from scratch?

  5. Why hello delicious caramel-icious treat! I’ll take the entire pan please :) I absolutely love making caramel too–it makes me feel like a magical candy wizard!

  6. I used to make a version of these all the time. I brought them to pretty much every occasion and they were a staple at office potlucks. But I think I made them so much that I took a break from them and forgot about them! Thanks for the reminder–yours look so delicious that I think I will have to give these a try again!

  7. Hezzi-D says:

    I love that you put chocolate chips and pecans in your carmelitas…yum!

  8. Kathy says:

    These look delicious! I’ve made something like this before but I love that you made your own caramel sauce!

  9. These look incredible! I’m not sure I’ll wait for the holidays to make them.

  10. Jennie says:

    How much baking soda do I add? I didn’t see an amount. These look yummy!

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