Skip to Content

Marlene’s Caramelettes

Share with your friends!

Layers of buttery oatmeal cookie sandwich a layer of caramel and chocolate chips. Caramelette bars are a must have for the holidays or any time your sweet tooth begs for something special.

two caramel oat and chocolate bars on plate.

      Cookie bars are a great way to share something special with friends and family. My aunt’s recipe for carmalettes brings together golden butterscotch oatmeal layers with rich caramel and chocolate goodness in the middle. They are a Christmas must have for my aunt and cousins but are really perfect all year long.

      One of the best parts about bars like these are they are relatively quick to make. You don’t have to worry about loading tray after tray of individual cookies into the oven.

    Instead you get to just press the dough into a pan and build up the layers. It’s less monotony.

piles of brown sugar caramel and chocolate bars.

      As you build up the layers of goodness, you know you are making something delicious. Not to mention the smell when you take them out of the oven… so good!

     To make cutting the bars easier, you’ll want to line your pan. You can use parchment or aluminum foil.

      Once your bars are completely cooled, you can lift the whole batch out of the pan. Then you can cut straight across the entire length without hitting the sides of the pan.

caramel, chocolate chip crumb bars

     You can cut them into quite a few smaller squares. They are rich, so you don’t need a huge slice.

     Besides, you can always get a second one if you are super hungry. You know I won’t judge!

      Marlene suggests you store carmalettes in the refrigerator. Then she says to warm them up for a few seconds in the microwave before you eat them.

     I must say the warm slightly melted chocolate chips and caramel center are amazing.  So I totally agree with her recommendation!

bite missing from a carmalette bar.

     These are perfect for holiday trays for sure. They would also be amazing for summer potlucks and bbqs.

      There really isn’t a time they wouldn’t be good! If caramel, chocolate and sweet goodness are your thing, these are for you!
 
      If you like Marlene’s treats, you are going to love her sour cream cookies.  Her fudge frosting is also amazing on brownies or served warm as hot fudge over ice cream.

Love this recipe? Give it a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review in the recipe card below!

Yield: 36 Servings

Marlene's Carmalettes

square carmelitas with buttery oatmeal cookie layer around chocolate caramel filling

Layers of buttery oatmeal cookie sandwich a layer of caramel and chocolate chips. carmelette bars are a must have for the holidays or any time your sweet tooth begs for something special.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 64 caramels
  • 10 Tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups instant oatmeal
  • 1.5 cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1.5 cups melted butter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Melt caramels in evaporated milk.  Cool slightly.
  3. In large bowl combine the flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, baking soda, salt and melted butter. 
  4. Press half of the crumb mixture into a 9x13-inch pan. 
  5. Bake for 10 minutes. 
  6. Sprinkle chocolate chips and pecans over baked crust. Spread caramel mixture over them carefully. Sprinkle with the other half of the crumbs.
  7. Bake 20 additional minutes.
  8. Chill one hour before cutting into bars. 

Recommended Products

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases. Please view my disclosure page for more information.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 278Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 187mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 3g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

Did you make this recipe?

I'd love to see it! Share a picture on Instagram or Pinterest and tag me @carleecooks to let me know how it went!

More Great Caramel Desserts

If you like the rich gooey goodness of caramel in your desserts, you will love the recipes as well.

Layers of buttery oatmeal cookie sandwich a layer of caramel and chocolate chips.  These bars are a must have for the holidays or any time your sweet tooth begs for something special.

Share with your friends!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Wednesday 26th of February 2020

So... when I make these, do I have to share?? These sound soo good!

Carlee

Monday 2nd of March 2020

I won't tell if you don't ;-)

Amy

Saturday 15th of February 2020

Cookie bars are such a time saver when baking. And that layer of caramel in the middle sounds fabulous.

Carlee

Monday 2nd of March 2020

It takes them to the next level, for sure!

Andrea Nine

Friday 7th of February 2020

Carmelita‘s are my all-time favorite bar, I have made many versions, and I think I’ve shared three of them on the blog, they melt in your mouth and I really want to try this recipe ASAP! Happy weekend girlfriend!

Carlee

Wednesday 12th of February 2020

Aren't they so good? Thanks, Andrea!

Family Around the Table

Friday 7th of February 2020

These would be a perfect after school snack.

Carlee

Wednesday 12th of February 2020

They would be for sure!

Skip to Recipe