These Oatmeal Carmelitas were a holiday tradition for many years, made by my great aunt Mary. I wanted to help keep her tradition alive by making them for Easter this year. They were incredibly easy and a big hit with everyone, including the new additions to the family. They are like an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, but better because they have a layer of caramel in them. So good! I didn't get a good picture of them after I cut them into bars, just one with really poor lighting-sorry.
Oatmeal Carmelitas Recipe
Preheat oven to 350°
Combine the following and press HALF of mixture into a 9x13 greased casserole dish. A kitchen aid mixer works great for combining these ingredients.
2 cups Flour
2 cups Quick cooking oats
1 cup Brown sugar
1 tsp. Baking soda
½ tsp. Salt
1 ½ cups Melted unsalted butter
Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
While still warm, sprinkle a 12 oz. Bag of chocolate chips and 1 cup of chopped walnuts.
Combine 6 Tb. of flour with a 12 oz. Jar of Caramel Topping, then pour on top of chocolate chip & walnuts. Top with remaining HALF of oatmeal topping and bake for 20 minutes.
Let cool completely before cutting into small bars.