Carmelitas

Ingredients (makes 12 bars):


3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

3/4 cup light brown sugar

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup old-fashioned oats

1 tsp baking soda

pinch of salt

35 caramel candies, unwrapped (I used Werther's Baking Caramels)

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Directions:


1. Preheat oven to 350ยบ. Line a 9 x 9 square pan with aluminum foil (I would highly recommend lining pan due to the stickiness of the caramel). Set aside.

2. Melt the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add the sugar and vanilla, whisk until smooth. Add the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt to the bowl. Mix until combined, mixture will be thick.

3. Add half the oat mixture to the pan, smooth so it's even. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, set aside.

4. While the crust bakes, make the caramel sauce. Place the caramels and cream in a double-broiler. Heat over medium heat until the caramels are melted and the sauce is combined. Pour the caramel sauce over the baked crust. Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the caramel. Drop the rest of the oat mixture evenly over the top of the chocolate. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until edges are slightly browned and the center is starting to bubble.

5. Allow bars to cool completely!!! Cool in pan, on counter for 2 hours. After 2 hours, place bars in the fridge for 1-2 hours, or overnight. After chilling, cut into 12 bars. Serve immediately! Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.