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Carmelitas are the perfect mix of chocolate and caramel & sweet and salty flavors. These delicious cookie bars are great for serving crowds!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caramelitas
Servings: 9
Calories: 546kcal


Crust and topping:

  • 1 cup Brown Sugar lightly packed
  • 1 cup Old Fashioned Oats don’t substitute
  • 1 1/4 cup Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 3/4 cup Butter melted


  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 11 oz Caramel Bits (or about 35 wrapped caramels)
  • 1 cup Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Pecans
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt or Coarse Salt


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Stir together brown sugar, oats, flour, baking soda, and melted butter until completely combined.
  • Divide dough in half.
  • Press half of the dough into the bottom of a parchment lined metal 8x8 pan.
  • Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
  • While crust in baking, make caramel. In a saucepan combine heavy cream and caramel and stir often until caramel is completely melted. Be careful- this can burn very easily so don’t leave this unattended. Set aside.
  • Once crust is finished baking sprinkle on chocolate chips and pecans.
  • Pour caramel over the top.
  • Sprinkle on remaining dough.
  • Top dough with sea salt.
  • Bake in oven for an additional 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Let the carmelitas cool for 2 hours or until it is easy to cut. I don’t recommend refrigerating them to speed up the cooling process because it will make the caramel too cold and more difficult to cut.