Gooey, chewy Carmelita bars are the best! They are full of oats, brown sugar, caramel and chocolate.
First you make the base of the bars and bake it for about 10 minutes. After that you layer all the delicious ingredients!
Then you crumble the other half of the mixture on top and bake it again. The result is a thick, chewy bar that will make you lick your fingers because of the sticky caramel.
I would make these bars again and again. Everyone that tried them loved them!
Makes 36 bars
2 cups plus 3 tablespoons flour, divided
2 cups oats
1 and a half cups brown sugar, firmly packed
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 and a half sticks butter, melted
12 ounces caramel sauce, from a jar
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans or other nuts
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9×13-inch pan. In a large bowl mix together 2 cups flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Slowly mix in butter until the mixture is crumbly.
2. Transfer half the mixture to the prepared baking dish and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Pull from oven and let cool for a few minutes. Leave the oven on.
3. Mix the remaining 3 tablespoons flour with the caramel until smooth. Top the baked cookie base with the chocolate chips, then nuts and finally the caramel.
4. Sprinkle remaining unbaked crumbs on top and bake 18 to 22 minutes more, or until slightly browned on top. Cool for at least an hour on the counter, then refrigerate 1 to 2 hours or until filling is set. Cut into bars.
From: Erlyce Larson, Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest, 1967