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Caramelitas Recipe
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To round out a great Mexican meal, I serve these. The chewy bars have a tasty oatmeal crust that's covered with gooey caramel ice cream topping, chocolate chips and walnuts.—Rhonda McKee, Greensburg, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 jar (12-1/4 ounces) caramel ice cream topping
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 130 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 109 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir in butter and mix well.
  2. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until set. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  3. Combine caramel topping and remaining flour until blended; drizzle over chips. Sprinkle with nuts. Bake 20-22 minutes longer or until bubbly. Cool completely; cut into bars. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Caramelitas in Quick Cooking January/February 2000, p7

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 130 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 109 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

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Reviewed Jun. 1, 2015

"I actually recall preparing this recipe when it came out in what was Quick Cooking. I decided to make these bars again! I did make adjustments to the recipe by using 1/4 cup butter and 1/2 cup margarine. I'd omitted the nuts. I also used chocolate chunks for a change this time instead of chocolate chips. I'd also used LESS caramel topping, but did add 1 Tbsp. flour to 1/2 cup caramel topping for this recipe. I greased and floured my baking pan. I was able to cut the bars after they'd cooled. I found these bars to taste good-I'd taken them to the Nutrition Dept. at the hospital & also to the Volunteer Resources Dept. today. The people who tested them really liked these bars! When I sampled the bars which I'd cut, they WERE chewy! I got about 2 dozen bars, depending on how large the bars/squares are cut! Try dipping a sharp knife in hot water to cut these bars! I WILL say that they WERE also ON the sticky side! But I'd also used LESS caramel topping in order to conserve the amount I had available. delowenstein"

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Reviewed Oct. 5, 2013

"These are excellent! I love making them in the fall!"

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Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"We didn't really like these. I baked for 20 min, just as the recipe said, but they seemed way over baked. They just weren't anything special."

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Reviewed Aug. 30, 2010

"These were very greasy and there were too many chocolate chips. I couldn't taste the caramel at all. If I were to make these again, I would try decreasing the butter and chocolate chips to 1/2 cup each."

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Reviewed Feb. 21, 2010

"This was a huge hit with my family during the holidays! You can't eat just one!"

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