Happy Thursday! Loosen up your belt ladies and gents, boy do I have a naughty treat for you today; I sure hope you have a sweet tooth. When I graduated high school I received a four ingredient cookbook. Like with all cookbooks, I sat down and flipped through it, dog-earing the recipes that sounded great. The four ingredients the recipe called for where: premade chocolate chip cookie dough in the tube, chocolate chips, caramels, and cream. There wasn’t an ingredient in that list that I didn’t like. For some reason I never made them. If I had made them I am certain that I would remember; you don’t forget about a dessert like this.
Fast forward to the present year and you will see me stumbling upon various caramlitas recipes on the web. So almost 12 years (geesh has it really been 12 years since I graduated?!) after first discovering that recipe I finally gave it a go. OH! BOY! I highly doubt another 12 years will escape me before I make these again.
I skipped the premade tube of cookie dough and went with a oat and flour mixture. Topped with chocolate chips, homemade caramel sauce, and more oat mixture. The results where out of this world. I am trying to whittle my middle a bit and knew that having an entire pan of these bars around would prove dangerous. It would be incredibly difficult to resist the siren song of chocolate and caramel. I had Alex bring some over to the neighbors’ house that night. I needed to get rid of as many bars and I could!
*Carmelita is Spanish for demon seductress. It will be difficult to stop at first bite, trust me. Make these bars for your family, your friends, your lover. Everyone will love them and be glad you shared!
*Carmelita isn’t actually Spanish for demon seductress. But it should be!
I hope you make these, share these, and love these!
For Christmas Alex got me a tripod and a camera remote. Of course they look like fun toys for my five year old. So I let her press the button while I was making these bars. After reviewing the photos I saw that they easily tell the story of how to assemble these bars. Take a look
Animated gifs are so fun, aren’t they. Check out these ooey, gooey, caramelly bars! I will be testing gluten free flours soon so my celiac friends can indulge too. Nobody should be denied these ridiculous bars.
32 Kraft caramels, unwrapped
1/2 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8×8 pan.
Mix together melted butter, sugar, flour, oats, and soda. It will look like a crumbly cookie dough. Press half of the dough into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven to finish assembling the bars.
In a small sauce pan over medium heat melt the caramels and heavy cream together. Stirring occasionally until the caramels are completely melted.
Carefully press the chocolate chips into the bars, pour the caramel on top and smooth. Crumble the rest of the oat mixture on top. Return to oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. Cool completely.
Pop them in the fridge to help set the molten lava that is the caramel sauce. Once cooled cut into bite size bars. Enjoy! xo
Do you have a favorite indulgent dessert?