Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Carmelitas


Oh, my goodness.  Just look at these fabulous bars called Carmelitas.  I don't normally make or eat sweets, but these are fantastic!  Just look at how the gooey caramel melts right out of them!  If you have a sweet tooth and you only try one of my recipes, this one is it!

CARMELITAS
3/4 C real salted butter
3/4 C brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 C flour
1 C old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
One 13-ounce bag soft caramels, unwrapped
1/2 C heavy cream
1 1/2 C milk chocolate chips
1/2 C chopped pecans

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line an 8 x 8 pan with foil and very generously grease the foil.  Stir together the butter, brown sugar, vanilla, flour, oats, baking soda and salt. Spread half of the mixture in the pan.  It will look like you don't have enough, but there is.  Bake this layer for about 12-13 minutes to set.

Meanwhile, place the caramels and the heavy cream in a small pot.  Cook and stir until the caramels are completely melted.  

Remove the pan from the oven and spread the chocolate chips evenly over the bottom layer.  Then sprinkle the pecans over the chocolate chips.  Then carefully and slowly pour the caramel sauce over the pecans.  Your oat mixture will have dried up some where you can handle it now.  Crumble the oat mixture over the caramel and cover as much of the caramel as you can.  Return to the oven and bake an additional 15-18 minutes or until the oat mixture is browned and cooked through.  You will need to chill the bars completely before trying to cut them.  Trust me, I tried and they started to fall apart.  But I put them in the freezer, and they firmed up nicely.  

As adapted from Averie Cooks

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