Carmelitas {Chocolate Chip Caramel Cookie Bars}

Did you know that today, May 15th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day?
In honor of that, the past few years, I have shared some of my favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes. 
Today, I wanted to share my very favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar recipe, called Carmelitas.....
They are loaded with oatmeal, brown sugar, caramel & lots of chocolate chips.

Here is what you need:

For the Crust:
2 cups flour
2 cups Quaker oats
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup butter, melted

For the Topping:
1 package chocolate chips (I like milk chocolate, you can use semi sweet)
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (I use pecans)
1 cup caramel topping

Add oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, baking soda & salt  in a bowl.

Pour in the 1 cup (2 sticks) of melted butter:

Stir until all the ingredients are coated & mixed together:

Press 3/4 of the mixture into the bottom of a 9X13 pan:

Luke likes to help me make these. One of his rescue bots guys was checking out our work :)

Bake the crust at 350 for 7-8 minutes & remove from oven. The crust should be light brown:

While the crust is baking, get your topping ingredients ready:

Sprinkle with chocolate chips and nuts:

Drizzle about 1 cup of caramel over chocolate chips and nuts:

Sprinkle with remaining crumbs of crust mixture.

Then, I drizzle more caramel over the top:

Bake 15-20 minutes at 350, until golden brown.

After you take these out of the oven, have them cool on the counter for a few minutes and then chill in a refrigerator for 2 hours.
 Then, cut into bars & serve!

Some of my friends have referred to these Carmelitas as "Chocolate Chip Caramel Crack Bars"
 They are SOOOO good and SOOO addicting!
* If you don't like pecans/nuts then you don't have to use them for this recipe, you can omit them*

 One reason I love making these is because they are delicious AND they are perfect to serve at parties or bring to an event!

I hope you love these as much as we do.

If you want to make other types of Chocolate Chips Cookies in honor of Chocolate Chip Cookie day , here are some of our favorites:

And, my very favorite cookie....Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies
 Happy Monday & Happy Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!


  1. Your Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies & Tripe Chocolate Chip cookies are two of my family's very favorite cookies, so I trust your cookie recipes....cant wait to try these bars!

  2. Oh my heart!! These look scrumptious!

  3. These cookies look delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Oh my! These sound delicious! I'm always looking for new treats to take to events and these would be perfect. Can't wait to try them.

  5. These look so good! I would probably sub the nuts though with crumbled pretzels!

  6. These look so good! I would probably sub the nuts though with crumbled pretzels!



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