Skip to main content

Oatmeal Carmelitas

Nov 24, 2015 02:48PM, Published by Brandi Barnett, Categories: Food+Dining, In Print



What's Cookin'

December 2015
By Lana Granfors
Photo: Kara Stewart

As I stroll down memory lane in my mind, I recall a dessert bar I tried for the first time after a workout at the gym – yes, the gym! It was December, several years ago. One of the girls in our step class surprised us all after a workout with a large tray of Carmelitas. It was her Christmas gift to us, along with the recipe.

Just thinking about them, I knew I needed to share this recipe. I knew exactly what the recipe card looked like, and I finally found the recipe card she gave me all those years ago. I wish I could remember her name to give her credit, but it wasn’t noted on the card.

Consider these for your Christmas party this year. You won’t be disappointed!

Enjoy, and merry Christmas!

Oatmeal Carmelitas
Serves: 36 bars

CRUST
2 cups flour
2 cups quick cooking rolled oats (oatmeal)
1 ½ cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp. soda
½ tsp. salt
1 ¼ cup butter, softened

FILLING
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup chopped nuts
1 - 12 oz. jar (1 cup) caramel ice cream topping
3 T flour

DIRECTIONS

STEP 1: Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9x13- inch pan. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup and level off. In a large bowl, blend all crust ingredients until crumbly. Press half of the crumbs, about 3 cups, into prepared pan. Reserve the remaining crumbs for topping.

STEP 2
: Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

STEP 3
: Sprinkle crust with chocolate chips and nuts. Blend caramel topping and 3 T flour. Drizzle over chocolate and nuts. Sprinkle with reserved crumbs.

STEP 4
: Return to the oven and bake an additional 18-22 minutes or until golden brown.

STEP 5:
Chill for 1 to 2 hours or until filling is set before cutting.

PREP TIME: 30 minutes
BAKE TIME: 28-32 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 58-62 minutes






  • Lucretia's Journey

    07/31/2017
    08:00AM — 02:30PM

    In 1864 Lecretia Epperson embarked on the journey of a lifetime with her husband and son to Calif...


  • Hawaiian Hula (dance) classes

    07/31/2017
    02:00PM — 07:30PM

    During our Hula classes, we respect the traditions of Hula and do our best to research the langua...


  • Kino Hana, Cardio-Hula

    07/31/2017
    07:00PM — 08:00PM

    ALOOOOHA!!!! Ready to shake up your fitness routine? Ready to shape up and tone your amazing bo...


  • Lucretia's Journey

    08/01/2017
    08:00AM — 02:30PM

    In 1864 Lecretia Epperson embarked on the journey of a lifetime with her husband and son to Calif...


  • Hawaiian Hula (dance) classes

    08/01/2017
    02:00PM — 07:30PM

    During our Hula classes, we respect the traditions of Hula and do our best to research the langua...


  • Kino Hana, Cardio-Hula

    08/01/2017
    07:00PM — 08:00PM

    ALOOOOHA!!!! Ready to shake up your fitness routine? Ready to shape up and tone your amazing bo...


  • Lucretia's Journey

    08/02/2017
    08:00AM — 02:30PM

    In 1864 Lecretia Epperson embarked on the journey of a lifetime with her husband and son to Calif...


  • Our children's program, Young at Art, focuses on the basic elements of art. Students who particp...


  • ARTS VISALIA August Exhibition

    08/02/2017
    12:00PM — 05:30PM

    In August the gallery will again host Young at Art, a culmination of Arts Visalia's summer childr...


  • ARTS VISALIA August Exhibition

    08/02/2017
    12:00PM — 05:30PM

    August 2017 is a special month for Arts Visalia, which is pleased to present Young At Art, an exh...


  • Hawaiian Hula (dance) classes

    08/02/2017
    02:00PM — 07:30PM

    During our Hula classes, we respect the traditions of Hula and do our best to research the langua...


  • VCRC: General Support Group

    08/02/2017
    06:00PM — 07:30PM

    Valley Caregiver Resource Center invites you to attend a general support group


Check out our sister publication, Enjoy Magazine: Northern California Living