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close up shot of Carmelitas bars stacked on top of each other
These soft, gooey homemade carmelitas are filled different layers of decadent sweetness that caramel lovers will adore.
Prep Time 12 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 42 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 299 kcal


  • 2 bags Kraft pea-size caramels
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups butter melted
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup walnuts chopped


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  • Line a 9x13 pan with foil and spray the foil with nonstick spray.
  • In a medium bowl stir together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt.
  • Stir in the melted butter until well blended.
  • Press HALF of this oat mixture into the bottom of the foil-lined 9x13 pan. Set the other half of the oat mixture aside.
  • Bake the crust in the oven for 8 minutes.
  • While the crust is baking, in a medium pan over low heat, melt the caramels and cream, stirring occasionally until smooth. Then add in the vanilla.
  • Remove the pan that has been baking in the oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips and walnuts.
  • Pour the caramel mixture over the top of the chips and walnuts.
  • Crumble the remaining oat mixture evenly on top of everything and press down gently on the oat mixture.
  • Return to the oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes.
  • Let the bars cool completely before slicing.


TIP: The salt helps create a beautiful balance to the sweetness of this dessert, don't skip it! 
TIP: Line the pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper and spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray. This makes clean-up a breeze because these are very ooey-gooey and messy! 
TIP: Let the bars cool completely before slicing. Even though they’re tempting, don’t slice too soon or they’ll fall apart because of the melted chocolate and gooey caramel inside!


Sodium: 210mgCalcium: 49mgVitamin C: 1mgVitamin A: 427IUSugar: 16gFiber: 1gPotassium: 125mgCholesterol: 37mgCalories: 299kcalSaturated Fat: 11gFat: 19gProtein: 3gCarbohydrates: 31gIron: 1mg