I happened to have a slight favoritism for oatmeal treats. As decadent as they might get, the oats give them a faintly nostalgic and wholesome feel. These caramelita bars are decadent for sure.
I adapted them from Lulu the Baker, who used regular caramels softened in some cream. I however opted to used dulce de leche instead of the caramels, which resulted in a brand new and innovative way to enjoy it!
The recipe is very straight-forward and is one of the few unplanned cooking creations I’ve attempted.
Success from the first try.Go ahead, try it. But if you are dieting, it has a tendency to tip the scales so maybe it is a good idea to save it for your mess-up day.
1 can dulce de leche
3/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips
Combine melted butter, brown sugar, flour, oats, and baking soda.
Pat half of the oatmeal mixture into the bottom of an 8×8″ pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
Remove pan from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over crust.
Spoon dulce de leche over chocolate chips.
Crumble remaining oatmeal mixture over caramel or dulce de leche.
Return to oven and bake an additional 15-20 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned.
Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting.