Friday, February 22, 2013


I have a sweet tooth. Nay...I have an entire sweet mouth. I'm always nosing around the house for a little treat after dinner. The husband has a weakness for Golden Oreos and Girl Scout cookies (Peanut Butter Patties, please), but I can usually pass up the store-bought stuff. Homemade baked goods, on the other hand. Oh, good golly. I have no self control.

These Carmelitas were my undoing.

Decadent oatmeal layers sandwich a swirl of golden caramel and rich chocolate chips. And I totally served them with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream. There may or may not have been hot fudge and whipped cream involved. I have no shame.

Adapted from Lulu the Baker

32 caramels, unwrapped (Like the square Kraft caramels.)*
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 semisweet chocolate chips

Spray an 8" x 8" square baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small saucepan, combine caramels and heavy cream over medium low heat. Stir until smooth. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, flour, oats, and baking soda.

Press half of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over the crust.

Pour the melted caramel over the chocolate chips. Crumble the remaining oat mixture over the caramel. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting into pieces and serving.

*Rumor has it you can use 1 1/4 cups store-bought caramel sauce in place of the melted caramels and heavy cream. I've never tested this out, but I'd love to know if anyone else has done it this way!


  1. I used to have a friend in college who made these and I lost the recipe so I'm so glad you posted it! I also have a huge sweet tooth (and am a snob about my treats being homemade or worth the calories). I haven't ventured out to the grocery store since our son was born, but I may make a trip for some caramels!

  2. Good luck on your maiden voyage to the grocery store with your little guy. I'm sure Carmelitas will be worth the trip! :-)