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Monday, September 16, 2013

Carmelitas

I can't even think of words great enough to describe these bars!  The picture of these looked so amazing, and they did taste delicious!  I did make a few changes though so make sure you pay attention to those because I feel like they put these bars over the top.  ;)

carmelitas

32 caramel squares, unwrapped (Great job for a little helper, Belle unwrapped mine)
1/2 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

*** I also added 1 tb honey to the oat mixture and sprinkled a handful of pecans on top of the caramel.

Combine caramels and cream in a small saucepan over low heat.
Stir until completely smooth
Set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar, flour, oats, and baking soda.
Pat half of the oatmeal mixture into the bottom of an 8x8" pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
Remove pan from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over crust.
Pour caramel mixture over chocolate chips.
Crumble remaining oatmeal mixture over caramel.
Return to oven and bake an additional 15-20 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned.
Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting.
*A stint in the fridge will help them cool off if you're pinched for time. They shouldn't be served cold, but all of that molten caramel takes a long time to cool down. They should be stored and served at room temperature.
**If you want to use homemade or store-bought caramel sauce in place of the caramel/cream mixture, use 1 1/4 cups of sauce.
***To make a 9x13" version, simply double the amounts.

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