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.

Carmelita Recipe

Crust Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1½ cups salted butter (melted)

Filling Ingredients

filling ingredients
  • 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

Crust Directions

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

Filling Directions

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!


  1. Karen

    October 23, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Oh my gosh! These look so good. Molly and I are going to make them ASAP!

    1. Parker

      October 23, 2018 at 12:40 pm

      My daughter loves to make these too! Have fun baking with Molly!!!

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