the baker upstairs: carmelitas!

11.07.2012

carmelitas!

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Carmelitas! The best cookie you will ever make. Each bite is an delicious balance of gooey caramel, chocolate chips, and crunchy and sweet cookie!

I saw these on Pinterest a few months ago with the caption "carmelitas: the best cookie you will ever make" and I scoffed a little. I mean, really, how can you say that any cookie is "the best"? And then I made them, and I realized why. Because they really are the very best cookies I've ever made! Sure, they're very rich, and not something I could make every day, or even more than a couple of times every year, but they are amazing! Each bite is an delicious balance of gooey caramel, chocolate chips, and crunchy and sweet cookie. And the best part? They're super easy to make! They were the perfect treat to celebrate my (hopefully productive) job interview yesterday afternoon. I'm definitely adding them to the short list of special occasion treats. Seriously, make them, and you won't be disappointed!
Carmelitas
Lulu the Baker 

32 caramel squares, unwrapped (I used caramel bits instead)
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.

36 comments :

  1. High Heels and Grills brought me here and now I've found myself following your blog now and amazed with all your recipes. I'm an Asian and every recipe I see in here sounds great to me. One day, I might try this and I'll surely blog about it and link your blog as well. You truly are a great woman. Your two adorable little kids surely enjoy every meal they have. And these cookies, I'm drooling over them now. haha.

    ~ Sweetstrings

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  2. Oh my goodness, these look so delicious. I can't wait to make some!!

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  3. "Those look amazing!" she said as she finished her 5th mini candy bar from her kids' trick-or-treat buckets. "I totally SHOULDN'T make them!" ;)

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  5. Yum! These sound absolutely amazing and are definitely going on my Christmas cookie list. Pinning :)

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  6. These look delicious. I love desserts with oats in them! I'm visiting your from Sumo's Sweet Stuff Linky Party. I am your newest follower on GFC and would love if you could come visit me too at http://sarahsaturdiy.blogspot.com. Have a great weekend!

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  7. I made these last night and they were amazing! I know that they are suppose to be cookies, but it tasted more like I was enjoying a really decadent caramel candy! So good! Thank you!

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  8. OMG!!! I have to try these tonight!

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  9. are there caramels WITHOUT corn syrup.. Would love to make this

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  10. A package of caramel bits? or measured by cups? These look wonderful. Thinking about the holidays! You are still receiving comments a year after posting. So glad you waited for me to move into the 21st century and a decent internet connection!!! Thanks for sharing!
    Mel Hayes

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    1. I used a whole package... I don't know how many ounces it is (sorry!) I think it's around 14 ounces?

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  11. I'm making these right now! I didn't have any caramel bits...but I had some salted caramel I made as filling for the hazelnut macarons I made yesterday! How much does the melted caramels + cream yield? I wasn't sure how much to use, I just basically covered the chocolate chips with caramel...I hope it was enough!

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  12. i have a bag of caramel bits dated 7/13/13. i opened it and tasted one, it tasted ok to me. would you take a chance and use it or buy a new bag.

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    1. I say go for it! I'm totally the type that views expiration dates as general guidelines and not hard and fast rules… :)

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  13. Could you make your own caramel or do you have to buy caramel bits?

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  14. I made these last night and followed the recipe. Clearly there is a mistake with how much butter to use. It was an expensive disappointment.

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    1. I was also very disappointed with these. They were very wet.

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    2. Did you let them cool completely?

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    3. If they were a disappointment it was because you messed up. This recipe is bomb, no probs with it. Fav dessert

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  15. Has anyone tried freezing these?

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    1. Yes, they freeze beautifully! Just be sure to keep the in an air tight container.

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  16. I used half and half, dark chocolate chips and sprinkled some sea salt on the top--very tasty. I may make another batch!

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  17. These are so good! We are waiting for them to cool right now and it's killing us having to wait.

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  18. These are amazing! After cooled I sliced and stored in fridge since they were VERY soft.

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  19. Just made these. They came out perfect. Definitely a "Pinterest win". Thanks for the recipe!

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  20. I made these today, currently cooling on the cupboard, looks and smells amazing!!

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  21. If I were to use Caramel Bits instead of the wrapped caramels, how much would I use?

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  22. Can I use homemade caramel and not make it thinner w cream? I hate using corn syrup plus I have the best home made caramel. Thanks

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    1. Yes I think that would work fine!

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  23. what are caramel bits? never heard of them

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    1. They're small balls of caramel that are sold in bags (unwrapped), and much easier to use for melting than the square caramels. I've found them on the baking aisle next to the chocolate chips.

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  24. Carmel bits - so how much do you use to replace 32 carmels? I didn't make these because I'm too lazy to unwrap the caramels but they look amazing! okay, it wasn't the 32 caramels, it was the 64 caramels when I doubled the recipe. I definitely see these in my future

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