If you like caramel, chocolate, and cookies then these Oatmeal Camaleitas are for you! It’s such a simple and easy to follow recipe that you can be snacking on your something sweet in no time.
These Mexican dessert bars are such an easy bar cookie recipe and unlike other oatmeal caramelita bars, this recipe doesn’t contain condensed milk! Making them just a tad more simple, who doesn’t love simple?
Oatmeal Caramel Bars
There are so many different ways to make Oatmeal caramelitas that recipes vary all over the place. I personally love this one because it’s about as simple as it gets.
The ingredients are all easy to find and because we use caramel topping (like the jar you find in the ice cream sections) there’s no plastic waste and time consuming candy unwrapping involved!
Can I Freeze Oatmeal Caramelitas?
Yes you can! I recommend letting the cookie bars cool down completely before trying to freeze. For maximum efficiency, it also makes sense to cut into individual serving sized pieces and wrap each in plastic wrap before placing it in a Ziploc style bag or airtight container. This will allow you to store them without the mess. Just take a piece (or more) out and rest them on the counter until they’re thawed enough to eat.
Should I Use Quick Oats or Regular?
You can use either one. The recipe requests that you use quick oats, however I’ve used regular oats a few times and it turned out fine. The texture is a little different, but having the chew from a stronger oat and the softness from quick oats is two different textures that work great for this dish. Try them both and see which one you prefer!
Oatmeal Carmelita Ingredients
-1 cup flour
-1 cup quick oats
-3/4 cup brown sugar
-1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
-3/4 cup caramel topping
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1/4 tsp salt
-3/4 cup butter, melted
-3 Tbsp flour
How to Make Oatmeal Caramelitas
In a bowl, mix the flour, oats, sugar, soda, salt and butter.
Press half of the mixture onto the bottom of an 11×7 pan, and set the other half of the mix aside. You can use a 9×13 pan if that’s what you have on hand, but keep in mind that it will be a little thinner.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes and then remove from the oven.
Sprinkle the top with chocolate chips.
Warm up your caramel topping in the microwave for about 30 seconds. You just want it thin enough to pour.
Pour the caramel into a small bowl or liquid measuring cup and whisk in the 3tbsp of flour until well mixed.
Drizzle the caramel flour mixture over the chocolate chips.
Sprinkle the rest of the oat mixture (the one you set aside in the beginning) over the top of the pan and spread it out evenly.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes until it’s golden brown.
Let the caramel cookie bars cool completely before cutting and serving.
- 1 cup Flour
- 1 cup Quick Oats reg oats work fine too!
- 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 cup White Granulated Sugar
- 1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 3/4 cup Caramel Topping
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 3/4 cup Melted Butter
- 3 tbsp Flour
- Mix flour, oats, sugar, soda, salt and butter. Press half of the mixture into a 11X7 pan and set the other half aside. (I used a 9X13 and it still works fine, but is just a little thinner.)
- Bake at 350 for about 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven.
- Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
- Warm up caramel topping in the microwave for about 30 seconds, just enough to make it a little runnier and easier to pour.
- Blend the caramel topping with the 3 tablespoons of flour until well mixed and then drizzle over the chocolate chips.
- Sprinkle the rest of the oat mixture evenly over the top and then bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool before slicing and serving.
How should I Store Caramelitas?
If you aren’t planning on freezing these caramelitas, then I recommend cutting the bars and covering the pan they were baked in and storing them either at room temperature or in the fridge for up to a few days. They should last up to a week on the counter, and slightly longer in the fridge.
Can I Use Caramel Baking Chips Instead of Caramel Sauce?
Absolutely! Use what you want, it turns out great either way! I just really love the gooeyness of the caramel sauce when it gets warmed up and baked into this dish, it’s soooooo good!
Caramelitas Are Great For Those Caramel Cravings, But So Are These Other Recipes. Check Them Out!
- Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Squares
- Caramel Banana Cream Tiramisu
- Caramel Popcorn Cake
- Homemade Caramels
- Chocolate Caramel Apples
- Caramel Apple Nachos
- Better Than Caramel Popcorn
- Cinnamon Caramel Apple Dip
- Caramel Snickerdoodle Cookies
- Marshmallow Caramel Popcorn
- Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate Caramel Turtle Pie
- Chocolate Caramels
- Caramel Banana Nut Bread
- Salted Caramel Bars
These oatmeal caramelitas are delicious gooey bars of layered cookie dessert. With chocolate, caramel, and oats in every bite, it’s a treat you simply can’t beat!