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Caramelitas


Layers of rich chocolate, gooey caramel and buttery oats... Caramelitas are one of my families favorite cookie bars.  They are so easy to make and so gungy delicious, it's hard to stop eating them. 

You can actually half this recipe and put it in an 8x8 pan if you prefer not to make so many, but I love to make this in a big 9x13 pan and share with the neighbors.  Seriously, you can't go wrong with this caramel and chocolate treat.  

These bars get even better the longer they sit, so it is better to make them the night before you want to serve them and just cover them with a small, clean towel once they have cooled a bit.  I know, I know... how are you supposed to resist eating them?  Trust me... they are worth the wait!

Ingredients:
  • 2 (11oz bags) *Kraft caramel bits (in the baking aisle)
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) melted butter
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Melt the caramel bits and whipping cream together in a large saucepan over medium heat until smooth. Set aside.  
  2. In a large bowl mix the oats, brown sugar, flour and baking soda until combined well.  Stir in the meted butter until you have a crumbly mixture.
  3. Put half the oat mixture in a greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. 
  4. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the baked base. 
  5. Drizzle the caramel over the chocolate chips (they will be swimming in it.)  
  6. Crumble up the remaining oat mixture into small chunks and gently cover the caramel.
  7. Bake for 15 more minutes at 350. 
  8. Let cool for at least 4 hours on a wire rack, but the longer the better. I try to leave it over night.  You can eat it earlier if you must, but be warned you will just have a gooey mess, not bars! :)  
*If you can't find the Kraft caramel bits, you can substitute 22oz of the regular Kraft caramels, unwrapped.

Note, I like to keep these in the refrigerator!  They are even yummier cold in my opinion!

*Photo updated July 14, 2019



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