Carmelitas- A Guest Post from All Day I Dream About Food

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Carmelitas- A Guest Post from All Day I Dream About Food on @KatrinasKitchen

Doesn’t that picture just take your breath away?! You are in for a real treat today! I am so happy to be welcoming Carolyn from All Day I Dream About Food to be my guest blogger. Carolyn is one of the first bloggers that I turned to for help when I began this journey. I asked her a brief question and to my surprise she emailed me back with the answer and a wealth of information. I always feel encouraged after talking with her. Visit her blog and you would never know that she is diabetic. She has found creative ways to incorporte sweet treats into her family’s meals. I can’t wait for you to meet her so I’ll stop talking. Please welcome Carolyn {All Day I Dream About Food}

Carmelitas- A Guest Post from All Day I Dream About Food on @KatrinasKitchen

If you are a regular reader of Katrina’s blog, you already know that she likes to do it up right.  When it comes to dessert, she is a no-holds-barred kind of girl and this is a no-holds-barred kind of blog.  Now that’s my kind of girl and my kind of blog!  I wish I could say the same about myself, but as a diabetic, I do have to bar some holds – particularly those of the sugar and flour variety.  Sad, but true.

Carmelitas- A Guest Post from All Day I Dream About Food on @KatrinasKitchen

This is not to say I don’t know HOW to do it up right.  In fact, I relish any opportunity for no-holds-barred baking, and when Katrina asked me to guest post, I decided it was exactly one of those opportunities.  It didn’t take me long to figure out what I wanted to make.  Carmelitas.  Repeat after me…car-mel-LEE-tas.  Yes, it must be said in exactly this way, with a strong emphasis on the third syllable, thus rendering it into a very phony Mexican accent.   They taste better that way, I don’t know why.

Carmelitas- A Guest Post from All Day I Dream About Food on @KatrinasKitchen

This recipe was one of the first I ever tinkered with to come up with my own version.  I’d seen them in a Pillsbury Bake-Off Cookbook, and was instantly drawn to the chewy oatmeal crust filled with gooey caramel.  But I wasn’t impressed with the ingredient list, the use of store-bought caramel ice-cream topping in particular.  When I bake, I like to do everything from scratch, I don’t like to take shortcuts.  And as I had made caramel filling for other desserts before, I knew it wasn’t all that difficult.  I also found that the oatmeal crust wasn’t crumbly enough to my liking, so I tinkered with that as well.

Carmelitas- A Guest Post from All Day I Dream About Food on @KatrinasKitchen

 These were and always have been a hit with anyone who’s ever tried them.  The filling calls for chopped nuts.  I left them out this time so that my kids could take them to their nut-free summer camp, but I will include them in the recipe and you can decide for yourself.  Enjoy!

Carmelitas Recipe

Gooey carmelita bars


  • Crust:
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 10 tbsp butter chilled and cut into ½ inch pieces
  • Filling:
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts optional


  • For the Crust:
  • Whisk together flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
  • Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Press half of the mixture into prepared pan, reserving the remaining half, and bake for 10 minutes.
  • For the Filling:
  • Meanwhile, combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves.  Increase heat to medium high and bring to a boil.
  • Boil, without stirring, until mixture becomes deep amber in colour, 5 to 8 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in cream and butter.  The mixture will bubble up vigorously.
  • Return to low heat and stir until caramel becomes smooth, 1 or 2 more minutes.
  • Pour caramel over prepared crust and sprinkle with chocolate chips and nuts, if using.  Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture and bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until caramel is bubbling and top is light golden.
  • Remove from oven and cool completely.  Cut into bars.
- Katrina

26 Responses to “Carmelitas- A Guest Post from All Day I Dream About Food”

  1. #
    Bake Your Day — August 5, 2011 at 1:19 am

    I agree – the 'LEE" in carmelitas must be emphasized! These look particularly awesome Carolyn, caramel is one of my favorites! Can't wait to try these!

  2. #
    cookinghealthyforme — August 5, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Oh, my….these are incredible! What a tasty recipe and beautiful photos! Bravo!

  3. #
    Holly — August 5, 2011 at 2:41 am

    Oh these sound AWESOME! Bookmarked!!

  4. #
    The Harried Cook — August 5, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Great guest post, Carolyn! Love your recipe for Carmelitas… They look and sound fabulous… 🙂 Congrats!

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    cakewhiz — August 5, 2011 at 5:43 am

    awesome guest post! i didn't know what carmelitas were until right now but they look incredibly delicious and i look forward to trying them out and sharing them with my friends and family 🙂

  6. #
    Eftychia — August 5, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Thanks for the guest post. This looks like the lemon bars but instead of having lemon cream in the middle there are nuts and chocolate… I will definately give a try.

  7. #
    Lauren @ KeepItSweet — August 5, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Katrina- I hope you are having a fabulous relaxing vacation! Carolyn- your carmelitas look amazing!

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    Erin @Dinners Dish.. — August 5, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    These look incredible! I love everything about this recipe. Trying to figure out when I can make them. Great guest post Carolyn! Hope you are having a great trip Katrina!

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    Parsley_Sage — August 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Out of control yum. This is totally a bar holding free zone, right here. Awesome carmel-LEE-tas and fantastic favorite foodies mash up. Buzzed!

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    Taking On Magazines — August 5, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I'm SO making these! Thanks for having Carolyn over for a visit Katrina. It's an awesome recipe.

  11. #
    Sandras Easy Cooking — August 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I love seeing Carolyn over girls make an awesome team:)) These looks so good, what a great recipe and pictures!!! Yummy!

  12. #
    Eliot — August 5, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    These look scrumptious. Great guest post!

  13. #
    Sue — August 5, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Those photos! I feel like I can reach right in and grab one of those bars! I wish I could:)

  14. #
    Tiffany — August 5, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    That picture TOTALLY took my breath away… but I would expect nothing less from Carolyn… one of my FAVORITE food bloggers! Great post!

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    Nami — August 5, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Hi Katrina! I hope you are having awesome vacation! It's great to see Carolyn on your blog – both of you are amazing baker and you two must share so much in common! Now Carolyn, your carmelitas look yummy! I don't think anyone would refuse to eat these delicious & irresistible desserts.

  16. #
    Liz — August 6, 2011 at 2:02 am

    Oh, my gosh, Carolyn! You've made one of my favorites even better! Thanks, Katrina, for a great guest poster…I'm a big fan of you both~

  17. #
    Sandra — August 6, 2011 at 2:25 am

    I may have to make these this weekend.

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    Lindselicious — August 6, 2011 at 3:19 am

    Nice guest post- hope you are having a fun vacation. I was on board with this as soon as I heard Caramel!! Love that this is a bar too, adding this to my list to make soon!

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    Peggy — August 6, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Hehe… yes, they must definitely be pronounced with the "phony" Mexican accent. Either way though, I'm sure these are one stellar dessert =)

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    Katrina — August 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Great for you to have a vacation. Great guest post. I just had a craving for Carmelitas yesterday and made up an oatmeal cookie that fit the bill.

  21. #
    KimBee — August 6, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    These look amazing. So tasty and the photos are fab.

  22. #
    briarrose — August 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I must make these…such a great mix of texture and flavor. My tummy calls out for them.

  23. #
    The Food Hunter — August 11, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Yummy!! thanks to both of you for sharing.

  24. #
    Maranda — August 16, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    These look fantastic!! I love the contrast of the chewy and crumbly. Thanks for sharing!

  25. # — February 27, 2014 at 3:04 am

    Hello! This is kind of off topic but I need some help from an established
    blog. Is it very difficult to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure
    things out pretty fast. I’m thinking about setting up my own
    but I’m not sure where to start. Do you have any ideas or suggestions?
    With thanks

  26. #
    Michelle r — May 20, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    These are my favorite from childhood and now I have a recipe!! Yay! I didn’t see the size of pan though, or the oven temp? Am I blind??

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