These delicious Carmelitas have layers of oatmeal crust, chocolate chips, and creamy caramel sauce—the perfect combination of flavors.

I have a feeling this Carmelita recipe is going to wow your family and friends. The bars are ooey-gooey with chocolate and caramel layers and the best soft oatmeal cookie crust—a dessert bar dream made into reality. I can’t wait for you to try them.

a stack of three bars.

Caramel goes well with anything, but these carmelitas are one of my family’s favorite ways to eat it. I mean, who can resist layers of chocolate and caramel?

This is mainly because we love oatmeal and chocolate, so having three of our favorite ingredients in one recipe will be a winner.

If you’ve never tried them, caramelitas are a dessert bar with a signature gooeyness that is so incredibly good. We love them warm with a big scoop of ice cream, but they pair equally well with a cold glass of milk.

This recipe is for you if you love oatmeal cookies, chocolate, and caramel. Not surprisingly, my kids give these rave reviews, primarily when I serve them with caramel sauce on the side for dunking.

You will give these carmelitas a rave review, too, I’m sure! They are seriously the best sweet treat to finish a meal.

overhead shot of the carmelitas.


  • Unwrapped caramel squares
  • Heavy cream
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Melted butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Flour
  • Rolled oats
  • Baking soda
  • Semisweet chocolate chips

Carmelitas layers

The first layer of Carmelitas is the oatmeal layer, a combination of butter, brown sugar, flour, oats, and baking soda. This is the base of the recipe, a delicious one at that.

the bottom crust baked.

The second layer consists of chocolate—a single layer of chocolate chips. You can use any chocolate you have on hand, but I prefer semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips.

the chocolate chips sprinkled over the top of the crust.

The caramel layer is what gives this dessert bar its name. The caramel layer is simply caramel candies and heavy cream, which makes a creamy delicious caramel sauce.

the caramel sauce being poured into the pan.

I can’t get over how gorgeous and insanely delicious these bars are. Top the bars off with leftover crumbles from the bottom layers. Then bake.

overhead shot of he sliced bars.

Carmelitas Tips

  • This recipe works best with melted caramel in cream. I haven’t tested it with homemade or store-bought caramel sauce. If you want a thick and creamy sauce, making it with the caramel squares works best.
  • For this recipe, use rolled oats rather than quick-cooking oats. The rolled ones have the best texture.
  • If you’re short on time, you can cool the bars in the refrigerator. They shouldn’t be served cold, but all of that molten caramel takes a long time to cool down. After they are cool, take them out and leave them at room temperature.
  • They should be stored and served at room temperature. If kept in an airtight container, they will stay fresh for a few days.
close-up shot of one carmelita bar.

Every bite of these decadent bars is filled with chocolate and caramel, which pairs wonderfully with the oatmeal cookie crust to make the best Carmelitas ever. Give them a try, and you’ll see—everyone will love them!

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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 312 kcal
These delicious Carmelitas are made with layers of oatmeal crust, chocolate chips, and creamy caramel sauce. The perfect combination of flavor.
a stack of three bars.


  • 32 caramel squares unwrapped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 3/4 cup butter melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. This recipe makes an 8×8 pan; if you want to double the recipe you can use a 9×13 pan. Spray the pan with oil and line with parchment paper.
  • Combine caramels and cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until completely smooth, add sea salt, and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar, flour, oats, and baking soda. Measure out 1/2 cup and set aside for later. Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of the 8"x8" pan
  • Bake oatmeal mixture for 10 minutes then remove from oven.
  • Sprinkle chocolate chips over crust. Pour caramel mixture on chocolate chips. Crumble remaining oatmeal mixture on top. 
  • Return to oven and bake an additional 15-20 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting.
  • *A stint in the fridge will help them cool if you’re pinched for time. They shouldn’t be served cold, but all of that molten caramel takes a long time to cool down. They should be stored and served at room temperature.
Calories: 312kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 3gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 235mgPotassium: 138mgFiber: 1gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 388IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 52mgIron: 1mg
a stack of three bars.
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  1. Yum these sound good. I like rolled oats in desserts because I can always tell myself that makes it nutritious 🙂 Visit from Talking Tuesday.

  2. You really are a girl after my own heart. All of your recipes are hitting it out of the ball park with me! I am much more a caramel girl than a chocolate. Love this and pinning it also. It’s easy to see why you are a caterer. Lots of good recipes! I love to cook, but rarely post about it. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  3. 5 stars
    These Carmelitas sound absolutely divine! I can almost taste the gooey layers of caramel and chocolate mingling with the soft oatmeal cookie crust. Can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

  4. 5 stars
    Wow, these Carmelitas are definitely going on my must-make list! I can already imagine the delightful combination of flavors and textures. Plus, who can resist a dessert that pairs perfectly with both ice cream and milk? Count me in!

  5. 5 stars
    I love how versatile this Carmelitas recipe is! Whether you’re a fan of oatmeal cookies, chocolate, or caramel (or all three!), these bars have something for everyone. Plus, the addition of a caramel sauce for dunking takes them to the next level of indulgence. Can’t wait to bake up a batch!

  6. 5 stars
    I have never had caramelitas in my life, but I made these last night, and I’m going to be making up for lost time for sure!

  7. 5 stars
    Your Carmelitas are out of this world! They were so gooey and delicious. I loved how easy they were to make, and they disappeared quickly at our gathering.

  8. 5 stars
    These Carmelitas are irresistibly delicious with layers of oatmeal crust, chocolate chips, and creamy caramel sauce, creating a perfect blend of flavors and textures in every bite.

  9. 5 stars
    I made these last night, and the kids devoured them for dessert and breakfast this morning. All that chocolate and caramel is so good!

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