Carmelitas are sweet with warm caramel, brown sugar, and rich chocolate. Heavenly.



I saved this recipe to my favorites a long time ago but never made them. I think it was because it calls for store-bought caramels and I’ve always been skeptical of those. However, the other day I saw them at the store and found myself placing a bag in my cart with this recipe in mind. When I got home I couldn’t help but open the bag and taste a caramel for myself. I was expecting something sickly sweet and artificial but they were actually addicting and good.

I am SO thrilled I made these caramel-chocolate-oatmeal bars. The combination of tastes and textures is to die for. The hardest part about making these carmelitas is that they take a long time to cool and are best eaten at room temperature. THE TEMPTATION.

Recipe Rundown

Taste: Heavenly. Sweet with warm caramel and brown sugar and rich chocolate. Slightly nutty with the oats.
Texture: BEST PART. The chocolate and caramel are ooey and gooey and the crust and topping holds it all together for a mouthwatering bite.
Ease: Super easy. Just don’t leave the melting caramel unattended for too long.
Appearance: The luscious caramel and chocolate filling is literally oozing out the sides of these bars.
Pros: This is a glorious dessert.
Cons: Indulgent and just slightly slightly too sweet for me. Next time I think I’ll reduce the brown sugar a bit.
Would I make this again? Yes.



Yield: about 16 squares

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes


1 1/3 cups caramel bits or 32 caramel squares
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 ounces (about 1 cup) semisweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8-inch baking dish wish parchment paper or tin foil, leaving an overhang. Spray paper or foil with nonstick cooking spray.

In a small saucepan set over low heat cook the caramels with the heavy cream until completely smooth, stirring often.

In a large bowl combine butter, brown sugar, flour, oats, baking soda, and salt. Press half of the oatmeal mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes.

Remove dish from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over oatmeal crust. Pour caramel evenly over chocolate chips. Crumble remaining oatmeal mixture over caramel. Return to oven and bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned.

Let carmelitas cool completely in pan on a wire rack (this may take over an hour). Cut into 16 squares and serve at room temperature.

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19 Responses to “Carmelitas”

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    Caroline — May 7, 2012 at 11:07 am

    So sticky and gooey! Yum!!!

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    courtney — May 7, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Love these- my aunt makes them for every family get together – she uses white chips instead- delish!

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    Blog New Black — May 7, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Oh heck yes! These look wonderful!

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    the Jilb — May 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Oooh, yum!! Can't wait to try these!

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    Gimme Some Oven — May 7, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    These DO look heavenly! (And I admittedly love store-bought caramels!!)

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    Lauralicious Recipes — May 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    They look and sound absolutely delicious! Must try this…

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    Rachel @ Bakerita — May 7, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Mmm, my mom and I always make these for Christmas! They're definitely a family favorite, and you're right, it's so hard to resist but they really are better at room temperature. Gorgeous photos!!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita — May 7, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Mmm, my mom and I always make these for Christmas! They're definitely a family favorite, and you're right, it's so hard to resist but they really are better at room temperature. Gorgeous photos!!

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    Tracey — May 7, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    These look amazing!! I wish I had some caramels in my pantry so I could whip up a batch tonight :)

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    Kristen — May 7, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    One of my long time friends makes these… I finally made them myself and everyone went crazy over them! Her recipe calls for caramel ice cream topping instead of the individual caramels. I have a local ice cream parlour that bottles their own caramel, so it's really sinful. They turn out DELICIOUS and you don't have to deal with those difficult wrappers

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    Jaclyn — May 7, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    I LOVE your blog, everything you make always makes my mouth water!

  12. #
    DessertForTwo — May 8, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Do you know the origin of carmelitas? I just started seeing them in the past year and I'm so curious. Your version looks scrumptious!

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    Shikha Cudail — May 8, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Wow! I wish i had some to taste! This is compatible on milk or even coffee! remington-870-pistol-grip

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    Sanjeeta kk — May 8, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    These carmelitas look so delicious..the oat thingie is making it a little guilt free dessert!

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    Stephanie — May 8, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Love how gooey and delicious these look! Gorgeous picture too!

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    USAKiwi — May 10, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Oh, those look good! I have a package of caramels in my panty. I got them for an apple cider caramel cookie recipe, then lost the recipe.

    Looks like I'll be making these! :)

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    Sam — August 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    WOW!!! Made these for my family and are now making them for a ladies get together! So good! Thank you for the recipe!

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    Ellen Renee — October 10, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Just made these yesterday…SOOO GOOD! Thank you for sharing :o)


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