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Why does it seem like whenever you are trying to eat better, you are constantly tempted by sweets?? I decided to get serious about losing these last 10 baby pounds, and decided that I’m going to go all week without eating any sugar. And of course, that’s when I get the baking bug and when everything looks so good. And then I sit down to write up this post, and of course I just want another batch of these beauties!!

These bars are so good – they are part of the reason I’m still holding onto those 10 pounds. I won’t even admit how many of these I ate. So good. I was lucky that I made them to take to someone else, so I didn’t have the whole pan sitting at my house to eat.

These bars are the perfect addition to any picnic or backyard bbq – everyone will rave over them.  Just don’t be surprised when they are the first thing gone!

Oatmeal Carmelitas
from Pillsbury Best of the Bakeoff

makes 36 bars

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups butter, softened

1 (12.25 oz) jar (1 cup) caramel ice cream topping
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 (6 oz) package (1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup nuts (optional)

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13×9-inch pan. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. In large bowl, combine all crust ingredients; mix at low speed until crumbly. Reserve half of crumb mixture (about 3 cups) for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture in bottom of greased pan. Bake at 350°F. for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in small bowl, combine caramel topping and 3 tablespoons flour; blend well.

Remove partially baked crust from oven; sprinkle with chocolate chips and nuts. Drizzle evenly with caramel mixture; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.

Return to oven; bake an additional 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 1 hour or until completely cooled. Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours or until filling is set. Cut into bars

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11 Responses to Oatmeal Carmelitas

  1. Maria says:

    I love these! Great treat!

  2. Joanne says:

    Oh I definitely know how you feel…I can’t go a week without baking. So I’m super good 6 out of 7 days and then I bake. I figure it’s a pretty fair deal. These carmelitas sound amazing!

  3. Katrina says:

    These look so lovely. Beauty recipe.

  4. Jaida says:

    OMG – these look/sound amazing!! As soon as I am done with this detox diet, they are the first item on my baking list!!!

  5. A friend of mine makes these all the time… However, when she was in college she changed the name of these yummy treats. She calls them “Man Catching Cookies” 🙂 I think the name is pretty fitting since most men swoon over the lovely lady that bakes up these delish treats.

  6. Tessa says:

    I love these things. The are so good! I have to have somewhere to take them as well because I always want “just a little bit more” 🙂

  7. these are 100% my kinda food:
    oatmeal/crumbles rock my world
    and so does caramel.

    Deb, these are perfect!!!

  8. Desserts are my biggest weakness while trying to lose weight… these seem to be worth a few extra pounds, though!

  9. Kim says:

    Oh my goodness! I can tell you right now that I would be VERY tempted to eat the whole pan of these. Holy cow do they look great!

  10. Monet says:

    Delicious! I’m certainly tempted! Thank you for sharing with me tonight. You injected my day with creativity and beauty. I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow, my dear friend! Hugs and love from Austin.

  11. grace says:

    these are an absolute favorite, and it matters not to me that they make use of store-bought caramel. all the flavor, a fraction of the labor. 🙂

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