Carmelitas are soft & chewy oatmeal bars filled with a gooey caramel filling and oozing chocolate. These bars are seriously so irresistible & perfect for sharing! Plus recipe video.
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Unlike the hubs, I am not really a big sweets person. When it comes to snacks, I usually reach for something savory while he chooses chocolate, cake, pie and donuts.
There is one exception though…I have a big weakness for anything made with oats. So when you combine them with gooey salted caramel, melted chocolate and pecans….that sweet and salty combination is just pure heaven!
For this reason, Carmelitas are one of my major weaknesses. They’re soft, chewy and have the best combination of sweet and salty. Even the hubs who is not usually a fan of oatmeal bars absolutely loves Carmelitas!
HOW TO MAKE THESE SOFT AND CHEWY CARMELITAS
There are a few separate layers that come together fairly easily. The crust and topping are made with the same mixture. It’s a buttery, soft and chewy oatmeal and flour mixture.
For the next layer, you can use semi-sweet chocolate chips or your favorite chopped chocolate.
The third layer is what makes these bars extra delicious. That sweet gooey filling is made with melted caramel & heavy cream —I used these caramel bits which will save you from unwrapping 30+ candies. Or you can go the traditional route and use the caramel candies.
Once the caramel layer cools, pour over the chocolate chips, and crumble the reserved oatmeal mixture over the top.
These bars are rich, decadent and loaded with an intense caramel flavor. They’re full of texture and the perfect cure for those times you just need that extra special dessert.
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