Salted Caramel Pecan Bars — These bars are packed with chocolate, oats, candied pecans, and are dripping with salted caramel! Beyond-words amazing and an absolute must-make!!

Salted Caramel Pecan Bars — These bars are packed with chocolate, oats, candied pecans, and are dripping with salted caramel! Beyond-words amazing and an absolute must-make!!

Easy Carmelita Pecan Bars 

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.

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.

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 Pecan Bars — These bars are packed with chocolate, oats, candied pecans, and are dripping with salted caramel! Beyond-words amazing and an absolute must-make!!

What’s in the Caramel Pecan Bars? 

I made these pecan bars without corn syrup, because you don’t need any to hold these bars together! Here’s what you’ll need to make the salted caramel pecan bars: 

  • Butter
  • Light brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Old-fashioned oats
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Salted caramel sauce
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Candied pecan halves

Salted Caramel Pecan Bars — These bars are packed with chocolate, oats, candied pecans, and are dripping with salted caramel! Beyond-words amazing and an absolute must-make!!

How to Make Caramel Pecan Bars 

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.

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

I used Fisher Pecan Halves and candied them using this recipe. Fisher Nuts is the only national brand of recipe nuts entirely without preservatives, making them an excellent choice for your holiday baking. 

After you’ve baked the salted caramel pecan bars, you’ll need to let them cool completely before slicing and serving. This gives the molten caramel time to set up. 

Salted Caramel Pecan Bars — These bars are packed with chocolate, oats, candied pecans, and are dripping with salted caramel! Beyond-words amazing and an absolute must-make!!

Can I Make These Bars in Advance? 

Yes! I actually think this dessert is best made the night before and served the next day. The bars need time to set up properly! 

Can I Use Instant Oats? 

No, instant oats are more finely ground than old-fashioned oats and will result in drier bars that aren’t nearly as chewy. 

Salted Caramel Pecan Bars — These bars are packed with chocolate, oats, candied pecans, and are dripping with salted caramel! Beyond-words amazing and an absolute must-make!!

Tips for Making Caramel Pecan Bars

In my original recipe for Carmelitas, I melted caramels with heavy cream for the caramel sauce, but here I used store-bought salted caramel sauce (I love the one from Trader Joe’s!). 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, though. It’s too runny and the bars won’t set up.

If desired, you can double this recipe and bake it in a 9×13-inch pan. The bake time should remain roughly the same. 

Salted Caramel Candied Pecan Carmelitas
Yield: 12

Salted Caramel Candied Pecan Carmelitas

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Chill Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 35 minutes

These bars are packed with chocolate, oats, pecans, and are dripping with salted caramel! Beyond-words amazing and an absolute must-make!!

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 soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 10 ounces salted caramel sauce (I used a thick storebought sauce or recommend this homemade sauce
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup candied pecan halves (use this recipe

Instructions

  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.

Notes

Storage: Bars will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Adapted from Carmelitas.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 309Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 530mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 2g

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