These Rich, Decadant ‘Caramelitas’ Are Your New Favorite Dessert

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By Cooking Panda

If you’ve never heard of a Caramelita, your life is about to change.

These decadent, delicious desserts are an unbelievable combination of caramel, rolled oats, chocolate chips and a sugary, buttery cookie base. Make sure to follow the directions closely so as to not burn the caramel! And if you’re gluten free, not to worry. These can be done without gluten so everyone can enjoy them.

When done right, the caramel will come oozing out of these incredible squares and you’ll wonder why you didn’t think to make them sooner.

Ingredients: 

32 caramel squares, unwrapped

½ cup heavy cream

¾ cup butter, melted

¾ cup brown sugar, packed

1 cup flour

1 cup rolled oats

1 teaspoon baking soda

6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350. Grease an 8×8 pan or you can line it with aluminum foil or parchment paper for easier removal. The caramel gets very sticky. (This can also be made in a 9×13, by doubling the ingredients)

In a mixing bowl, combine melted butter and brown sugar. Add flour, oats, and baking soda. Mix until combined well.

Divide the cookie mixture in half and pat half of the mix into the bottom of the 8×8 pan. Bake for 10 minutes and remove from oven.

While the crust is baking, combine the caramels and heavy cream in a saucepan over medium heat; stir until completely melted and smooth. The caramels can also be melted in the microwave, just stir after every 30 seconds being careful not to let it burn.

Remove pan from the oven, immediately sprinkle chocolate chips over the crust. Pour warm melted caramel mixture over the chocolate chips and crumble remaining cookie dough on top.

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Return to oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until the edges are lightly brown.

Once removed from the oven, allow them to completely cool and the caramel to set up. The caramel is like molten caramel right out of the oven and you want to let it cool. You can speed up the cooling process by putting it in the fridge if needed.

Gluten Free Version

Use gluten free flour.

Use certified gluten free oatmeal, can be found at Trader Joe’s

Source: Made From Pinterest / Photo credit: Made From Pinterest, The Recipe Critic

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