This is probably the most delicious dessert bar I have tasted In my lifetime…I probably ate the whole thing within two or three days 😁. It has an amazing gooey caramel layer and a chocolate layer with a nice oatmeal crust on top. Not to mention its so easy to make that It’s practically effortless.
- 4 cup butter (melted)
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup gluten free all purpose is baking flour
- 1 cup oats I used Bob’s Red Mill gluten free rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 package of Kraft Caramels (36 squares)
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
DIRECTIONS: preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and add in the melted butter. It should be slightly crumbly but the crust will hold together in the pan! Split the crust into two halves.
Grease an 8×8 square glass pan with butter and press one half of the crust into the bottom of the pan to form the first layer of the bar.
Place the pan into the oven and allow the bottom crust to bake for 10 minutes.
While the crust is baking, place the caramel squares (make sure the plastic wrapping is off all of them) and the heavy whipping cream in a small pot and allow the caramels to melt down and combine completely with the cream. Make sure you are constantly stirring this as it can easily burn! As soon as the caramel sauce/filling is completely combined and smooth, take the pot off of the stove.
To put together the Caramelitas, simply spread the chocolate chips evenly across the bottom crust that was just taken out of the over. After that pour the caramel over the top of the chocolate chips making sure to scrape the sides of the pot with a spatula to get all of the filling in. Let this rest for a few minutes to let everything spread and even out. With the second half of the crust, simply crumble the rest evenly on top of the caramel without pressing down on the Caramelitas ( the top is meant to be crumbly and you don’t want to disturb the beautiful layers).
Put this in the oven for about 20 minutes.
Allow the Caramelitas to cool overnight. The caramel takes a long time to set and the bars won’t be able to stick together until everything is completely cooled. It will take hours to cool!!! I covered the pan with some tin foil and they were perfect to cut in the morning!
Although it may seem complicated to make just reading this, these Caramelitas are actually very easy to put together and don’t take that long to prepare! Waiting for them to cool is probably the hardest part of the whole expierience so I would suggest just leaving them to cool overnight.