Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Carmelita Bars

With Valentine's Day is coming up, I have a delicious heart-shaped treat for you today.  Yes, I love all Valentine's Day candy, but I also never turn down an excuse to bake with pink and red sprinkles.  This recipe is also close to my heart because it's one of the two that always reminds me of my mother-in-law.  (In case you were wondering, the other is her orange swirl cake.)  I remember when Mike and I were first dating, she introduced me to this delicious combination of chocolate and caramel.  Back then, the mix used to come packaged all together, but they (I think it was Betty Crocker?) stopped making them.  I hadn't even thought about these in a few years, but after seeing them in a post on Buzzfeed, I knew I had to try making them!  They were very easy to make and cutting them into hearts made for the perfect Valentine's Day treat.
Ingredients:
- two 4.5 ounce bags of Werther's Original Soft Caramels
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 3/4 cup melted butter
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 12 oz chocolate chips
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine caramels and heavy cream in small saucepan on low, stirring occasionally until caramels are melted.  Remove sauce from heat.
3. Mix together melted butter, oats, brown sugar, and flour.  
4. Grease a square 8x8 pan and press 2/3 of the oat mixture into the bottom and bake for 10 minutes.
5. Sprinkles chocolate chips onto the warm crust, followed by caramel sauce.  Top with remaining crumbs and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
6. Allow it to cool all the way, cut into hearts using a cookie cutter, and decorate with festive sprinkles.

Here are a few other Valentine's Day dessert suggestions: Heart-Shaped Samoas, Starbucks Copycat Lemon Loaf, Whoopie Pies, and Cookies & Cream Cookies

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29 comments:

Jenn said...

These sound and look amazing!!!

Nichole @ casadecrews.com said...

These are super cute, and look so tasty!

kerri @ cheshire kat said...

stop it right now - those look so good! and in the shape of hearts? sold :)

xoxo cheshire kat

Macy V said...

oh my goodness, I need this right now for breakfast. So sweet that they remind you of Mike's mom, I'm sure she would have loved making them with you <3

BLovedBoston said...

I'm such a sucker for werther's - one of my favorites!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

Delicious!

B @ The Sequin Notebook said...

Very cute! I'm with you on the sprinkles, I'll take any excuse to bust out the pretty ones!

Liz Jo said...

So cute! I love the heart shaped cookie cutter too!

liz @ j for joiner

Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

OMG could these be any cuter? And they sound amazing! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

Jacquelyn @ The Lowcountry Mama said...

Ooh these look good! I love everything caramel.. and I keep meaning to buy some heart-shaped cookie cutters.

Rebecca Jo said...

Oh gosh - with all my dental nightmares happening - the thought of caramels probably isnt' the best with this crowned mouth of teeth... but I'm drooling over it. It looks amazing!!!

Julie said...

Sound good!

BTW we are snowed in at the moment. Entire state of Colorado is!

Missy said...

These look delicious! Pinning for another time. Thanks for sharing!

Lisa C said...

These look so tasty!

Jen said...

Oh my these look so good! You always share the best treats. :)

Carly Messmer said...

Oh my gosh, these look so good!

Carly Blogs Here said...

Oh yum! I love just about anything with caramel!

Mattie @ Northwest Native said...

Chocolate, caramel and oatmeal in a cookie/sweet treat? That's ideal for me! These are making me hungry!

Pleas(e) and Carrots said...

Yum these look WONDERFUL!

Nikki said...

Oh my please send me some!

Emily said...

These sound delicious! I used to love Werther's Original but haven't had them in years. So yummy!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

DELISH! Love how pretty and festive these are <3
Green Fashionista

Amanda {Kids and Cabernet} said...

I'm drooling, these look and sound amazing - yum!

Chesson {A Southern Twenty-Five} said...

These look like the perfect thing to take to a Valentine's party I'm going to this weekend - might have to try them out!

Cara (Kindly Unspoken) said...

These look amazing! Caramel anything is my favorite :)

birdie to be said...

Oh my goodness, Yum!!!

Kelley Elder said...

These look awesome!

Mary @ Eat Drink and Be Mary said...

Oh wow, these look delicious. And I love how you dressed them up for Valentines. Thomas would definitely love these.

Alesha @ Full Time Mama said...

Oh.My.Word. It is 11pm and I feel the need to throw on some yoga pants under my long pajama shirt and run up to Walmart for caramels and make these NOW. I am mega obsessed with anything caramel and chocolate right now. Add in the oats and I'm in heaven!!!! I can't wait to make these (but I will resist being one of THOSE Walmart shoppers right now). ;) Thanks so much for sharing with us at Delicious Dish Tuesday! I'm featuring this as my favorite for this week's DDT! Please feel free to stop by and grab the "Featured Favorite" button, and please bring more amazing recipes!! <3 Have a fab week!

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