Caramelitas – Experience the delight of indulging in Caramelitas a dessert sensation that has taken over my kitchen! It’s a combination of caramel, decadent chocolate, and a crumbly oat base that will leave you craving for more. Immerse yourself in this treat that brings together the essential elements of melted butter, wholesome oats, heavenly caramels, and the luxurious touch of chocolate chips.
When I first whipped up these Caramelitas I must admit I had my doubts. How could something simple bring immense joy? As the irresistible aroma filled my home I knew I had stumbled upon something extraordinary. The moment my husband took his first bite his face lit up with delight and when I saw my child with caramel smeared over their face he gave me an enthusiastic thumbs up. It warmed my heart. This was not just another recipe; it was a moment of love and togetherness, within our home.
What makes this Caramelitas truly special?
What sets our Caramelitas apart is their simplicity. Created with accessible ingredients they effortlessly bridge the gap, between casual and gourmet. The rustic texture provided by the oats perfectly complements the rich layers of gooey caramel and decadent chocolate resulting in an unparalleled taste experience that is hard to find elsewhere. Whether you’re celebrating an occasion or simply enjoying some goodness at home these bars encapsulate warmth, love, and the pure joy of baking from scratch.
What You Need To Make This Caramelitas Recipe?
Melted Butter: It’s more than just a binder; it’s the heart of our Caramelitas. By using melted butter, we’re embracing a golden foundation that marries the other ingredients, giving our treat its lusciously rich base.
Old-Fashioned Oats: These aren’t just any oats; they’re the soulful touch to our dessert. Offering a distinctively chewy bite and rustic nuance, they whisk us away to the comforting memory of grandma’s kitchen.
Brown Sugar: This isn’t your everyday sugar. With its molasses-rich undertones, packed brown sugar weaves a caramelized magic, enhancing the depth and warmth in every bite.
Baking Caramels: These little golden nuggets are the essence of indulgence. A quality brand ensures that when they melt, they sing the main chorus of our Caramelitas, oozing with luxurious allure.
Heavy Cream: More than just a liquid, this is our caramel’s partner in crime. It doesn’t just assist in melting; it dances with the caramels, creating a silken, dreamy layer that’s undeniably captivating.
Chocolate Chips: These are the delightful surprises hidden within. While semi-sweet chips whisper sweet nothings, those daring enough can let dark chocolate chips shout out bolder flavor tales.
Steps To Make Caramelitas:
Step 1: First, set your oven to preheat at 350 degrees F. While that’s heating up, lovingly grease your 8×8 baking dish or give it a neat parchment paper lining.
Step 2: Take those delightful caramels and the cream and let them melt into each other in a saucepan. Keep the heat medium and your patience high! Stir away until you have a silky smooth mix, then let it rest.
Step 3: Now, in a medium-sized bowl, let’s combine our soulful ingredients. Mix in the melted butter, brown sugar, flour, oats, and baking soda. The mixture should be even and well-integrated. Gently press half of this mixture onto your baking dish to form a caring base.
Step 4: Let that crust get a bit of oven love for about 10 minutes. Once out, let the chocolate chips rain over it, followed by the mesmerizing pour of our caramel mix. Finally, sprinkle the remaining oat mixture atop, like a comforting blanket.
Step 5: Back to the oven for another 18-20 minutes of baking love! Let it cool completely before slicing, trust me, the wait is worth it!
Once your Caramelitas are done baking allow them to cool and firm up at room temperature. For the cleanest looking and most visually appealing slices refrigerate them for a few hours before cutting. This will ensure that the caramel and chocolate become perfectly set resulting in slices of indulgence.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I use quick oats instead of old-fashioned oats?
While you can, I’d recommend sticking to old-fashioned for a chunkier texture. Quick oats might make the bars a tad softer.
I’m a dark chocolate fan. Can I use that instead of semi-sweet chips?
Absolutely! It’ll add a bittersweet twist to your Caramelitas.
Can I refrigerate the bars for faster cooling?
Yes, but ensure they’ve cooled down a bit at room temperature first. Refrigeration will firm them up for a cleaner slice.
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