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Brown Butter Carmelitas

These Brown Butter Carmelitas are a brown butter oatmeal cookie bar with a smooth and creamy chocolate caramel center. A treat you just can't resist.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 9 -12 bars
Author: Sandra


  • 11 ounce package of caramel squares unwrapped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  • Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cut 3/4 cup butter into slices and add to saucepan.
  • Whisk butter while it melts until butter turns brown and has a slightly nutty aroma. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temp.
  • Add caramels and cream into a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until melted and smooth, set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine brown butter, brown sugar, flour, oats, and baking soda in a mixing bowl.
  • Press half of the oatmeal mixture into the bottom of an 8x8 pan. To fill a 9x13 pan, double the recipe. Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Remove pan from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over crust. Pour caramel mixture over chocolate chips. Crumble remaining oatmeal mixture over caramel.
  • Return to oven and bake for another 18-22 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting.
  • Return to oven and bake an additional 18-22 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting, this will take some time as the caramel needs time to set.
  • Once cooled and caramel is set, serve and enjoy! Store in an airtight container at room temperature. 


*If you want to use homemade or store-bought caramel sauce in place of the caramel/cream mixture, use 1 1/4 cups of caramel sauce, and omit the caramel squares and heavy cream. Also, if you want less chocolate use 2/3 of a cup.