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Fabulous Oatmeal Carmelitas

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Ingredients

1-1/2 packages 11 ounce bags caramels, unwrapped
1/3 cup light cream
2 cups quick cooking oatmeal
1/3 cup toffee bits
2 cups all purpose flour
1-1/2 cups brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 (12 ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips

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Fabulous Oatmeal Carmelitas

  • Serves 24
  • Easy

About This Recipe

Everyone knows about this bar cookie recipe. What most people don’t know is that when it first came out, Kraft caramels came in a 14 ounce package.

Now that package is only 11 ounces.

Which changes the recipe.

So I increased the caramel in this recipe, and this version is most true to the original. But I made some more changes, of course.

A little bit more butter makes the crumbly streusel more cohesive, so the bars are easier to cut. I left out the nuts and added more chocolate because – well, chocolate! And I added a little bit of crushed toffee to the streusel for more caramel flavor.

All I can say is that this is my favorite bar cookie recipe of all time. And it will be yours too!

Steps

1
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Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 13" x 9" pan with nonstick baking spray containing flour. Unwrap the caramels and combine with the light cream in a medium microwave-safe bowl.

2
Done

Microwave the caramel mixture on high power for 1 minute; remove and stir. Continue microwaving for 1 minute intervals on 70% power, stirring after each interval, until the mixture is smooth. Set aside.

3
Done

Put 2 tablespoons of the oatmeal and the toffee bits in a food processor. Process until the particles are fine.

4
Done

Combine the toffee mixture with the rest of the oatmeal, the flour, brown sugar, and baking soda in a large bowl and mix.

5
Done

Add the melted butter and stir until everything is moistened.

6
Done

Pat half of the oatmeal mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Sprinkle with all of the chocolate chips. Then drizzle with the caramel mixture.

7
Done

Top with the remaining oatmeal mixture.

8
Done

Bake for 18-22 minutes or until the caramel is bubbling around the edges of the pan. Cool completely on a wire rack, then cut into bars.

lindaBest

Linda has a B.S. in Food Science and Nutrition with High Distinction from the University of Minnesota. Linda has written 37 cookbooks (and Medical Ethics for Dummies) since 2005.

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