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Caramelitas

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Makes

3 dozen

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

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 semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 jar (12-1/4 ounces) caramel ice cream topping
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

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.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 130 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 109mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • ebramkamp
    May 1, 2018

    These are very easy and quick to make. A plus when baking with my youngest granddaughter. They are very rich so cut them into small pieces.

  • Sue Zappa
    Apr 2, 2018

    I found this recipe when I used the issue of Quick Cooking in which it originally appeared! Was so happy to find it & so is my family! This had been a favorite when our six children were all living at home. Two of them were home for Easter & there was a half of a pan of these bars sitting on the kitchen counter when they got home. That half pan was quickly emptied, along with a happy requests to make another pan! Going to do so today. I don't change a thing.

  • delowenstein
    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

  • l2bake
    Oct 5, 2013

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

  • Cookingmama3
    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.

  • pearlrvr
    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.

  • Amy the Midwife
    Mar 8, 2010

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  • nickisix
    Feb 21, 2010

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

  • Monnette01
    Oct 6, 2009

    These are excellent - they taste like a candy bar! I used chopped pecans instead of the walnuts - super!!

  • arstephia
    Mar 14, 2009

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