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oatmeal carmelitas

★★★★☆ 16
a recipe by
Sarah D.
St. Louis, MO

This is an irresistible bar that joined our Christmas Cookie list a few years ago. Thanks to my mother introducing the family to this recipe, we adults have been busted for raiding the cookie refrigerator late at night while visiting over the holidays! They are thick, crumbly soft in texture, and the caramel and oatmeal make a perfect pair. I like them best right out of the fridge!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

If you've never had oatmeal carmelitas, you're missing out. It's a buttery oatmeal cookie bar filled with gooey caramel, chocolate chips, and pecans. They'd make a fantastic addition to your Christmas cookies (but they're so good you'll make them all year). They're rich and melt in your mouth. Fairly easy to make, put these cookie bars out and watch them disappear.

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★★★★☆ 16
serves 8-10
prep time 15 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For oatmeal carmelitas

  • BASE
  • 1 1/4 c
    butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 c
    brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 c
    quick cooking oats
  • 2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 jar
    caramel ice cream topping (12.25 ounces)
  • 4 Tbsp
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 c
    semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c
    chopped walnuts or pecans

How To Make oatmeal carmelitas

  • Greasing baking dish with non-stick spray.
    Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a glass 13x9 pan with baking spray.
  • Crumble ingredients mixed together in a bowl.
    In a large bowl, beat the base ingredients with electric mixer on low speed until crumbly. Reserve half of the mixture (about 3 cups) for the topping.
  • Crumb mixture pressed into baking dish.
    Press the remaining crumb mixture in the bottom of the pan.
  • Baking dish in the oven.
    Bake 10 minutes.
  • Caramel topping and flour stirred together.
    Meanwhile, make the filling. In a small bowl, stir together the caramel topping flour. Set aside.
  • Chocolate chip and nuts sprinkled over crust.
    After removing the base from the oven, sprinkle the chocolate chips and nuts over the partially baked base.
  • Caramel mixture drizzled on top.
    Drizzle evenly with the caramel mixture.
  • Remaining crumb mixture sprinkled on top.
    Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture. Bake 18-22 minutes longer or until golden brown.
  • Baked Oatmeal Carmelitas cooling.
    Cool completely in the pan on a cooling rack for about an hour. Refrigerate 2 hours or until filling is set. Cut into bars. Store in a tightly covered container.