Dive into the pleasure of savoring Caramelitas, a dessert sensation that has taken over my kitchen! These bars boast a harmonious blend of caramel, decadent chocolate, and a crumbly oat base that will leave you yearning for more. Immerse yourself in this delectable treat that brings together the essential elements of melted butter, wholesome oats, heavenly caramels, and the luxurious touch of chocolate chips.
When I first crafted these Caramelitas, skepticism lingered in my mind. How could something so simple bring immense joy? As the irresistible aroma filled my home, I realized I had stumbled upon something extraordinary. The moment my husband took his first bite, his face lit up with delight. Witnessing my child with caramel smeared over their face, offering an enthusiastic thumbs up, warmed my heart. This was not merely a recipe; it was a moment of love and togetherness within our home.
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What makes these Caramelitas truly special? What sets our Caramelitas apart is their simplicity. Crafted with accessible ingredients, they effortlessly bridge the gap between casual and gourmet. The rustic texture provided by the oats perfectly complements the rich layers of gooey caramel and decadent chocolate, resulting in an unparalleled taste experience that is hard to find elsewhere. Whether you’re celebrating an occasion or simply enjoying some goodness at home, these bars encapsulate warmth, love, and the pure joy of baking from scratch.
Ingredients for Caramelitas:
Melted Butter: The heart of our Caramelitas, providing a golden foundation that marries the other ingredients, creating a lusciously rich base.
Old-Fashioned Oats: The soulful touch to our dessert, offering a distinctively chewy bite and rustic nuance, reminiscent of grandma’s kitchen.
Brown Sugar: Packed with molasses-rich undertones, this brown sugar weaves a caramelized magic, enhancing the depth and warmth in every bite.
Baking Caramels: The essence of indulgence, these golden nuggets sing the main chorus of our Caramelitas, oozing with luxurious allure.
Heavy Cream: The caramel’s partner in crime, dancing with the caramels to create a silken, dreamy layer that’s undeniably captivating.
Chocolate Chips: Delightful surprises hidden within, with semi-sweet chips whispering sweet nothings and dark chocolate chips shouting out bolder flavor tales.
Steps to Make Caramelitas:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease your 8×8 baking dish or line it with parchment paper.
In a saucepan, melt caramels and cream over medium heat until smooth. Set aside.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar, flour, oats, and baking soda. Press half of this mixture onto the baking dish to form a base.
Bake the crust for 10 minutes. Sprinkle chocolate chips over it, followed by the mesmerizing pour of the caramel mix. Finally, sprinkle the remaining oat mixture on top.
Bake for an additional 18-20 minutes. Allow it to cool completely before slicing for the best results.
Once baked, let Caramelitas cool at room temperature before refrigerating for a few hours. This ensures the caramel and chocolate set perfectly for clean and visually appealing slices.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Can I use quick oats instead of old-fashioned oats?
A: While possible, old-fashioned oats are recommended for a chunkier texture. Quick oats may result in slightly softer bars.
Q: I’m a dark chocolate fan. Can I use that instead of semi-sweet chips?
A: Absolutely! It will add a bittersweet twist to your Caramelitas.
Q: Can I refrigerate the bars for faster cooling?
A: Yes, but make sure they’ve cooled at room temperature first. Refrigeration will firm them up for a cleaner slice.
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- 3/4 cup melted butter
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 11 ounces baking caramels
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat your oven to 350°F. Prepare an 8×8 baking dish by either greasing it or lining it with parchment paper.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the caramels with the heavy cream, stirring until you achieve a smooth consistency. Set aside for now.
- In a bowl, combine the melted butter, brown sugar, flour, oats, and baking soda until well mixed.
- Press half of the oat mixture into the prepared baking dish. Bake for approximately 10 minutes.
- After baking, sprinkle the chocolate chips on top, pour the caramel sauce over them, and finish by adding the remaining oat mixture.
- Return the dish to the oven and bake for an additional 18 to 20 minutes.
- Allow it to cool completely before cutting into bars. Enjoy your delicious caramel chocolate oat bars!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 6gCholesterol: 84mgSugar: 6gProtein: 8g