About this recipe: Chewy gooey caramel, nuts, oats and chocolate. These taste even better the next day if they last that long.
This is a very good cookie bar recipe. Adults and children seem to like it equally well..... Good as written, but a couple of clarifications on the recipe to make this better: First, the crust turns out better if the butter is softened to the point of melting, but hasn't actually turned to liquid. Second: Press down on the bottom filling lightly; DO NOT tap down hard as you won't be able to get it out of the pan. Third: You must use quick oates NOT rolled oats on this recipe. Helpful hints ~ First: For a change of pace, try half butterscotch and half chocolate chips or 1/2 caramel and 1/2 butterscotch topping for variety. Second: Slightly chill the carmelitas after they have finished baking. This helps the cooke bar "set-up". This is the one tip you don't want to forget on this recipe..... The carmelitas are great to make ahead, travel with or freeze to serve later. As my son would say: Scrumdiddlyumptios! Enjoy! - 12 Jan 2011 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I used a recipe just like this only it was doubled for a 13x9" pan. The chocolate chips stay the same at 1 cup and 1/2 cup nuts, if using. The caramel icecream topping is 1 cup - flour is the same. You cook the final product 18-22 minutes - it took 22 minutes in my oven to produce a golden brown topping. Also - a good TIP is that if you refrigerate the carmelitas 1-2 hours before cutting (this helps the filling set up), they will not be crumbly and will cut perfectly. Plus - DON'T MELT THE BUTTER in the crust ingredients - just soften the butter (unsalted) to room temp. You will get a much nicer crumb topping this way. These bars are just wonderful! Another recipe I saw for these used 3-4 chopped Granny Smith apples mixed with 1 tsp. cinnamon for the "filling" instead of the choc.chips/nuts - I'll bet that would be fantastic, too. I'm going to try that combination next. - 25 May 2008 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)