I love just about anything with caramel in it. So years ago when I picked up a Pillsbury Bakeoff Cookie cookbook at the checkout at the grocery store, I was hoping there would be something caramel in it. Sure enough there was, Oatmeal Carmelitas. I was hooked from the first time I made them. I have a cousin who loves them too. She usually asks me to bring them to family get-togethers. So here they are...
2 cups flour
2 cups oatmeal
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups butter, softened
1 12 oz jar caramel ice cream topping
3 T flour
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine crust ingredients in a large bowl and mix with electric mixer on low until crumbly. Reserve half of crumb mixture(about 3 cups) for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan.
Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine caramel topping and 3T flour. Remove partially baked crust from oven, sprinkle with chocolate chips and nuts. Drizzle evenly with caramel mixture. I also use chocolate from a bar. I just chop it into bitesize pieces.
Return to oven and bake for 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.
Too bad these are gone already. I better go make some more.