As someone who likes caramel a lot, it's surprising I don't make carmelitas more often. Maybe because I've already tried different recipes for them and think they're all good so I don't go searching for other ones to try out. Maybe because they seem "too easy" to make and I need more of a challenge. But whatever the case, they're a crowd pleaser and I needed some for a crowd so I tested out this recipe from Lulu the Baker.
It's a basic carmelita recipe. I did have to gauge the caramels as I don't buy the squares anymore and instead buy the caramel bits for faster melting and so I don't have to spend time unwrapping all those squares. I ended up using the full 11-ounce package of caramel bits with the 1/2 cup of heavy cream and that might've made a little too much caramel and one that was a little too liquidy. It firmed up okay when it cooled though so it worked out. This was pretty buttery and gooey when it was still slightly warm. I recommend making sure you bake the bottom layer long enough and don't underbake the whole thing either. It'll still taste good but you won't get a texture contrast of a somewhat crisp top layer if you take it out too soon and the top oatmeal layer will be just as gooey as the caramel and melt-y chocolate chips. That's not necessarily a bad thing so bake according to your preference.
32 caramel squares, unwrapped
1/2 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- Combine caramels and cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until completely smooth; set aside.
- In a separate bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar, flour, oats, and baking soda.
- Pat half of the oatmeal mixture into the bottom of an 8x8" pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
- Remove pan from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over crust. Pour caramel mixture over chocolate chips. Crumble remaining oatmeal mixture over caramel.
- Return to oven and bake an additional 15-20 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting.