Carmelitas will always be one of my weaknesses. Yes of course they are loaded with calories but once in a while it is so worth it! I mean how can you resist a oatmeal cookie bar that is sandwiched with a layer of two kinds of chocolate chips and a layer of silky smooth salted caramel? These rich cookie bars are always a hit at any celebration, they go fast! Try them and you’ll see why.
I love the balance the flaky sea salt adds to all the sweetness of these bars. But really, can you ever go wrong with salted caramel? I love salted caramel anything and everything. Gelato, popcorn, brownies, macarons, frosting… the list goes on and on. If there’s one things I really love it’s salted caramels candies and salted caramel sauce – eaten the right way of course, by the spoonful!
If you are looking for a treat yourself dessert this should definitely be it! I don’t make these often because they’re dangerously addictive but when I do I savor each and every bite.
This was originally shared on Dec. 17, 2012. I’ve just been updated a few recipes from the archives. Plus I wanted an attempted excuse to make these again.
Yield: About 12 bars
- 32 caramels , unwrapped (such as Kraft)
- 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy cream
- 1 cup (140g) all-purpose flour
- 1 cup (98g) old fashioned rolled oats
- 3/4 cup (170g) packed light-brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp table salt
- 10 Tbsp (5 oz) unsalted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup (92g) milk chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup (92g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Flaky sea salt , such as Maldon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour cream over caramels in a microwave safe bowl, heat mixture on HIGH power in 30 second intervals, stirring well after each interval until melted and smooth (alternately you can combine the two ingredients in a saucepan and melt over low heat), set aside.
In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and 1/4 tsp table salt. Place butter in a microwave safe bowl and heat butter in microwave until melted. Stir vanilla extract into melted butter then pour mixture over dry ingredients. Using a fork, stir well to evenly coat. Press half of the oat mixture evenly into the bottom of a buttered 8 by 8-inch baking dish (layer will be thin) then bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips into an even layer over baked cookie crust, then pour caramel mixture evenly over chocolate chip layer. Sprinkle a scant 1/2 tsp flaky sea salt evenly over caramel layer (or you can sprinkle it over the top of the last crumble layer before baking), then sprinkle top evenly with remaining oat mixture. Bake in preheated oven 16 - 20 minutes until lightly golden. Cool completely on a wire rack (it will take a few hours. To speed up the cooling you can chill in refrigerator). Store in an airtight container in a single layer.
Recipe Source: adapted from Lulu the Baker