Oatmeal Carmelitas



Forgive me.

I went a little picture crazy on the Oatmeal Carmelitas. It’s just that they are so pretty! And gooey! And so full of caramel and chocolate and oaty goodness.

Oaty goodness? That sounds kinda icky, doesn’t it?

Let’s just forget I said that.

The thing is, bar desserts have always and will always be my favorites. They are generally easy to make, simple to transport and share, and obviously, they tend to taste just plain delicious.

These are one of my all time favorite bar desserts, which is sort of saying a lot.

I even busted out my macro lens (which hasn’t been out to play in, um, more months than I’d like to admit) to take pictures of the prettiness. I wanted to capture the gooey caramel and the melty chocolate.

I wanted to let the pictures do the talking. Then I started typing and messed all of that up.

Oops.

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Oatmeal Carmelitas

Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups butter, melted
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 jar (10-12 ounces) caramel ice cream topping
1 bag (11 ounces) milk chocolate chips
1/2 - 1 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, oats, butter, and baking soda until well combined.
Press half of the mixture into a 13x9 baking dish and bake for 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and top the crust with the chocolate chips. Spoon the caramel sauce over the chocolate chips. Sprinkle with the sea salt, to taste.
Crumble the remaining crust over the mixture as evenly as possible and return to the oven for 15 minutes.
Cool before cutting.

 

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30 Responses to “Oatmeal Carmelitas”

  1. Melissa March 22, 2012 @ 8:52 am (#
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    These look awesome and sound easy. And did I mention, look awesome!

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  2. Veronica @ Café con Leche March 22, 2012 @ 8:56 am (#
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    these remind me a version of your caramel nutella bars which are my absolute favorite bars in all the land!!!

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    Karly Reply:

    @Veronica @ Café con Leche,

    Yes! They are pretty similar! :)

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  3. Mandy (Mandy's Recipe Box) March 22, 2012 @ 8:56 am (#
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    I made these a long time ago and put them on my blog. Aren’t they addicting? I love these!

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  4. Averie @ Averie Cooks March 22, 2012 @ 9:09 am (#
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    They look fabulous and there are recipes Ive seen on Pinterest and also came up with my own caramel gooey bar recipe a few weeks back…yours look like the perfect balance of oatey and caramely…YUMMM!

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  5. Emily @ A Very Sweet Life March 22, 2012 @ 9:20 am (#
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    Those look so good, I could just lick my computer screen! (But I won’t!) Great pics!

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  6. Jessica @ How Sweet March 22, 2012 @ 2:18 pm (#
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    I’ll take 10 please!

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  7. Cookbook Queen March 22, 2012 @ 2:22 pm (#
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    Get these in my face NOW!

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  8. Jessica Markos March 22, 2012 @ 2:28 pm (#
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    My family loves these and I make them all the time….one substitution I make that is a big hit… is substituting milk chocolate chips and Heath bar baking chips for the semi sweet chips. When mixed with the caramel…it is a sweet, buttery, chocolaty snack!

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    Karly Reply:

    @Jessica Markos,

    Ooh, that sounds divine. I’ll try that next time!

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  9. Pat March 22, 2012 @ 6:32 pm (#
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    This looks yummy can’t wait to try them!

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  10. Joanne March 22, 2012 @ 7:10 pm (#
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    Oaty goodness on its own sounds icky…but oaty goodness paired with one of htese pictures…sounds like heaven.

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  11. Kristyne March 22, 2012 @ 8:41 pm (#
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    I will definitely be making these tomorrow!!! What is better that caramel, chocolate and oats?? Well, peanut butter is a pretty close second to caramel in the dessert department! They look delicious and should convert to gluten-free pretty easily. Thanks, Karly.

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    Karly Reply:

    @Kristyne,

    Hope you enjoy them! :)

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  12. DessertForTwo March 22, 2012 @ 8:46 pm (#
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    I keep hearing about carmelitas. I’ve never made them! THey look wonderful!

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  13. Linda March 23, 2012 @ 6:30 am (#
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    I LOVE these! They are so easy to make and are such a crowd pleaser. They make me want to totally drop everything (including my diet) and make them! :0)

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  14. marlu gibson March 23, 2012 @ 8:32 am (#
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    LOL That’s the best Xrated photogh I have ever seen.

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  15. brandi March 23, 2012 @ 8:41 am (#
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    i have never had these – how is that possible?!?

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  16. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies March 24, 2012 @ 8:47 am (#
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    I used to make something similar to this, but haven’t for some time now. I loved them, though. They were all chocolate-caramel-oaty gooey super-sweet deliciousness! This is one of the first things to disappear at the family get-together or church social!!

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  17. Naomi March 25, 2012 @ 6:21 pm (#
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    I would never question you, but is sugar purposely omitted from the oat mixture?

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    Karly Reply:

    @Naomi,

    Oh, question away. I make mistakes all the dang time. :)

    That being said, I did purposefully omit the sugar. I just don’t think the bars need it with the sweetness of the caramel and the milk chocolate. They’re plenty sweet as they are, and a bit healthier without the sugar. Feel free to add it in (I believe most recipes call for 3/4 cup of brown sugar) if you like things extra sweet!

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    Naomi Reply:

    @Karly, Well, mine came out super messy but tasty none the less. You’re right, I didn’t add the sugar. It would have been sweetness overload!

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  18. Deborah March 26, 2012 @ 11:52 am (#
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    These are one of my all-time favorites. YUM!

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  19. Jess September 12, 2013 @ 1:42 pm (#
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    Just tried these. Delicious! Also, just a heads up – your first picture has a typo. It says “Carmeltias” :-)

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    Karly Reply:

    Aaaahhh! It’s been that way forever and I never noticed! Haha! Thank you!

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  20. Lyuba@willcookforsmiles September 16, 2013 @ 8:02 am (#
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    That looks SO good! Chocolate and caramel…yum!

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  21. Vanessa April 27, 2014 @ 5:38 pm (#
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    I made 3 pans of these never have made them before. I followed the recipe exactly for each batch and they turned out awful. I used salted butter because it did not specify, and being that there is no sugar in the crumb mixture, the end result was a salty, crumbly mess. The caramel and the chocolate did not make up for the lack of sweetness in the crust. Did anyone else have issues with this?

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