Salted Caramel Candied Pecan Carmelitas

I took one of the top five recipes in the history of my blog, my recipe for Carmelitas, and dare I say I made it even better.

Salted caramel and candied pecans make everything better.

Salted Caramel Candied Pecan Carmelitas - The best carmelitas ever!! Chocolate, oats, candied pecans, and dripping with salted caramel! Beyond words amazing and an absolute must-make!!

If you’ve never tried carmelitas before they’re one of the most heavenly, decadent desserts that will ever pass your lips. Make these now, not in January when it’s resolution time.

It’s an easy, one bowl, no mixer recipe that starts with a buttery, brown sugar, and oatmeal crust. The crust also doubles as the crumbly topping which is a nice time saver.

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Salted Caramel Candied Pecan Carmelitas - The best carmelitas ever!! Chocolate, oats, candied pecans, and dripping with salted caramel! Beyond words amazing and an absolute must-make!!

Bake the crust briefly and top it with chocolate chips, candied pecans, and salted caramel before sprinkling on the oatmeal crumbles.

In my last recipe for Carmelitas, I melted caramels with heavy cream for the caramel sauce but here I used storebought salted caramel sauce. I have an excellent homemade recipe for Salted Caramel Sauce if you want to make your own. Don’t use thin ice cream sundae caramel topping. It’s too runny and the bars won’t set up.

Salted Caramel Candied Pecan Carmelitas - The best carmelitas ever!! Chocolate, oats, candied pecans, and dripping with salted caramel! Beyond words amazing and an absolute must-make!!

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Biting through the layers of the chewy oatmeal crust, the chocolate chips, the crunchy pecans, the salty-and-sweet caramel sauce that’s gooey and wonderful, and the crisp topping is pure heaven.

Salted Caramel Candied Pecan Carmelitas - The best carmelitas ever!! Chocolate, oats, candied pecans, and dripping with salted caramel! Beyond words amazing and an absolute must-make!!

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Salted Caramel Candied Pecan Carmelitas

Carmelitas are one of the most heavenly, decadent desserts that will ever pass your lips. It's an easy, one bowl, no mixer recipe that starts with a buttery, brown sugar, and oatmeal crust. The crust also doubles as the crumbly topping. Bake the crust briefly and top it with chocolate chips, candied pecans, and salted caramel before sprinkling on the oatmeal crumbles. Biting through the layers of the chewy oatmeal crust, the chocolate chips, the crunchy pecans, the salty-and-sweet caramel sauce that's gooey and wonderful, and the crisp topping is pure heaven.

Yield: one 8x8-inch pan, 9 to 12 generous squares

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: about 25 minutes, divided

Total Time: 3+ hours, for cooling

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup butter, melted (1 1/2 sticks; I use unsalted butter but salted may be used)
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned whole-rolled oats (not instant or quick cook)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 10 ounces salted caramel sauce (I used a thick storebought sauce or recommend this homemade sauce; don't use ice cream sundae topping because it's too thin and runny)
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup candied pecan halves (use this recipe to candy them; non-candied pecans may be substituted)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8×8-inch pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Lining your pan is highly recommended for ease of cleanup due to the stickiness of the caramel; set pan aside.
  2. To a large microwave-safe bowl, add the butter and heat on high power to melt, about 90 to 120 seconds.
  3. Add the brown sugar, vanilla, and whisk until smooth.
  4. Add the flour, oats, baking soda, salt, and stir until combined.
  5. Turn half of the mixture out into the prepared pan (just eyeball it), and smooth it with spatula to create an even, smooth, flat crust layer; set remainder aside. Bake crust for 10 minutes.
  6. After 10 minutes, remove pan from the oven and evenly sprinkle the chocolate chips, pecans, and evenly pour the caramel sauce over the top. The sauce I used is very thick but with patience it can be spread with a spatula to completely cover pan.
  7. Evenly crumble the reserved oatmeal mixture over the top like small pebbles, approximately 1/4-inch in diameter.
  8. Return pan to oven and bake for about 15 to 16 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned and center is set.
  9. Allow bars to cool completely in the pan before slicing and serving, giving the molten caramel time to firm up. This can take up to 3 hours, or overnight, at room temperature. You can speed it up by placing pan in fridge with a sheet of foil over the top to prevent fridge smells. If you don't wait for bars to cool completely, they'll be very messy and hard to slice neatly. Bars will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Adapted from Carmelitas

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26 comments

  1. Buttery cookie, melty chocolate, oozing caramel, AND crunchy sweet pecans! What more could you ask of a Friday? So much yumness!

  2. I didn’t think carmelitas could get any better but you’ve done it! Candied pecans and salted caramel sound fabulous in an already fabulous bar. Wow!!!

  3. Yep. You’ve topped yourself. It must be so cool to take something that is incredible and just make it even better. Plus you get to eat it, which is the ultimate reward. Two bar cookie recipes from you this week make me a very happy camper!

  4. Salted pecans and caramel are the dynamic duo! This is totally worth doing that 80’s Billy Blanks Tae Bo Workout today for. Even if I have to see Billy in “that” outfit. You know the one, the tight fitting one that doesn’t leave enough to the imagination. Anyhow, your presentation is marvelous. Loving them all stacked up! Yum. You definitely bring on the gooey yum. 

  5. My son is in love with all things caramel right now. Maybe this will be his Christmas gift. ;)

  6. Gosh, you’re right – salted caramel and pecans do make everything better. These look out of this world!

  7. You are a bar stacking pro!! Why have I never made carmelitas?? They must happen soon!

  8. I’m just loving the look of the caramel oozing out of these bars. 
    They’re making me hungry ;)

  9. Braved 12 inches of snow to get the pecans and caramel for this (ok, and Thanksgiving is Thursday so very little choice)! It will be my b-day dessert today tho’! Thanks for sharing, as always!

  10. These look incredible! I’ll definitely be trying them out asap.

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  11. OMG…. licking my computer screen ;)

  12. I am so in LOVE with caramel and for me it has to be home made!!

  13. I love caramelitas, and yes, I think you did make them better!! Candied pecans? YES PLEASE :)

  14. Hi Averie-I’m so making these for Thanksgiving! I may have missed it but did you say what your fave store bought salted caramel sauce is?

    • I use Trader Joe’s brand, the exact name is like Fleur de Sel or something like that, but they only have 1 and it’s in a small, round glass jar. Otherwise I’d go with a more ‘gourmet’ style from the grocery store; just not thin ice cream sundae topping in a squirt bottle.

  15. If you ask me, anything salted caramel tastes good! Also, candied pecans? Count me in. In the Netherlands we have a brand of ice cream with caramel and candied pecans (Excellent Nut Explosion). It’s my favorite ♥ That being said, your bars look delicious. Who can resist oozing caramel sauce? I can’t.

  16. Thanks, Averie! I picked up the TJ’s salted caramel and these were SO yummy!  Another hit! 

    • Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you!

      TJ’s salted caramel is such a lifesaver, too! (Provided you don’t just go to town with a spoon with it..ha!)

  17. omigoshhhhhh these are my ultimate caramelitas! I love salted caramel sauce and candied pecans! mmmmmmm

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