My Most Requested Dessert Recipe
Hello Friends! How was your weekend? Our family visited G&M Farms on Sunday. They create a huge themed cornfield maze that we love to race through each year. At every turn there is a question pertaining to the theme that guides participants through the maze. This year we decided to have a parents versus kids competition. I thought we were sure to win because the theme was Charlotte’s Web. As a former teacher, I have read the book countless times to my students and I know the story by heart. Unfortunately, my husband and I lost by just 30 seconds. I have a feeling the kids will be reminding us of their win for years to come.
The recipe I am about to share with you is probably my most requested dessert. Carmelitas are a gooey cookie bar that features oatmeal, caramel and chocolate. Although these ingredients are especially popular during the fall, we eat these bars year round. I first discovered Carmelitas when I was teaching 3rd grade and a student brought me one as a treat. One bite and I was hooked! I asked her for the recipe immediately because I could not imagine being deprived of these amazing cookie bars ever again. She graciously shared the recipe with me and we have been making this to-die-for treat ever since.
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1½ cups brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1½ cups salted butter (melted)
- 1 package Nestle Toll House semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
- 1 cup Smucker’s caramel ice cream topping
- 3 tbsp flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Melt butter and gradually mix with the dry ingredients. Press half of the crust mixture evenly onto the bottom of 9×13 pan. Reserve remaining crust mixture for topping. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes (until barely brown). Remove pan from oven.
*Tip: place butter in a glass measuring cup and microwave on high for two minutes to melt completely
Remove pan from oven. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and nuts. Combine caramel topping and flour in a small bowl. Blend well. Drizzle caramel mixture over chocolate chips and nuts. Evenly crumble the remaining crust mixture over the top. Return pan to oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Chill 1-2 hours. Cut into bars. Enjoy!