Quick and Easy Carmelitas

 These Quick and Easy Carmelitas use only four ingredients! A truly decadent treat, the ooey, gooey caramel center of these amazing bars is impossible to resist!

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 These Quick and Easy Carmelitas use only four ingredients! A truly decadent treat, the ooey, gooey caramel center of these amazing bars is impossible to resist! An easy dessert recipe ANYONE can make! | MomOnTimeout.com | #recipe #easy

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I think we should all admit that occasionally we like to make recipes that are quick and easy. Right? I mean, we’re all busy people and as much as I adore making recipes from scratch, I have to admit, a good, quality shortcut now and then can surely make life a whole lot easier.

Today I’m bringing you a recipe that looks like it was made from scratch – probably because it is…almost. I cheated and used refrigerated cookie dough and no one can tell.

 These Quick and Easy Carmelitas use only four ingredients! A truly decadent treat, the ooey, gooey caramel center of these amazing bars is impossible to resist! An easy dessert recipe ANYONE can make! | MomOnTimeout.com | #recipe #easy

I sliced the cookie dough into rounds and placed them on the bottom of the 9-inch baking pan. Then I used my fingers to make it a nice and (almost!) even layer.

This layer gets baked for a bit and then cooled. Next I melted caramels and evaporated milk in a glass measuring cup – in the micowave. I said easy, didn’t I?

 These Quick and Easy Carmelitas use only four ingredients! A truly decadent treat, the ooey, gooey caramel center of these amazing bars is impossible to resist! An easy dessert recipe ANYONE can make! | MomOnTimeout.com | #recipe #easy

The caramel sauce gets poured over the crust that has since had chocolate chips sprinkled on top of it.  Whoops! My mouth just happened to land right under the drizzle of caramel!

The remaining cookie dough is crumbled on top of the caramel layer and then back to the oven it goes for a final few minutes before it’s done.

 These Quick and Easy Carmelitas use only four ingredients! A truly decadent treat, the ooey, gooey caramel center of these amazing bars is impossible to resist! An easy dessert recipe ANYONE can make! | MomOnTimeout.com | #recipe #easy

Here’s the thing with Carmelitas though – they have to be refrigerated. The caramel has to set up or the bars would be a hot mess when you cut them.  You can see how even after hours in the fridge, the caramel still oozes out when you cut them. It’s AH-MAZING. That’s what MAKES a Carmelita a Carmelita.

 These Quick and Easy Carmelitas use only four ingredients! A truly decadent treat, the ooey, gooey caramel center of these amazing bars is impossible to resist! An easy dessert recipe ANYONE can make! | MomOnTimeout.com | #recipe #easy

There is nothing more amazing that oozing caramel and sweet chocolate combined into rich, decadent bars like these. Come to mama.

 These Quick and Easy Carmelitas use only four ingredients! A truly decadent treat, the ooey, gooey caramel center of these amazing bars is impossible to resist! An easy dessert recipe ANYONE can make! | MomOnTimeout.com | #recipe #easy

The really amazing and awesome thing about this recipe – besides for the fact that it’s delicious and EASY, is that these bars don’t make a huge mess like some Carmelitas can. Sure, the caramel is ooey and gooey but it doesn’t drip all over the place.

It’s perfect.

 These Quick and Easy Carmelitas use only four ingredients! A truly decadent treat, the ooey, gooey caramel center of these amazing bars is impossible to resist! An easy dessert recipe ANYONE can make! | MomOnTimeout.com | #recipe #easy

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Quick and Easy Carmelitas
 
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These Quick and Easy Carmelitas use only four ingredients! A truly decadent treat, the ooey, gooey caramel center of these amazing bars is impossible to resist! An easy dessert recipe ANYONE can make!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 30 oz roll refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 1 11 oz bag KRAFT caramels
  • ¼ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Slice a little more than half of the cookie dough into ¼" rounds and lay in a single layer on a parchment lined 9-inch square baking pan.
  2. Use your fingers to press into a single, solid, even layer.
  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Removed from the oven and let cool slightly.
  4. Combine unwrapped caramels and evaporated milk in a microwave-safe container and heat on high for 1 minute. Stir and heat on high in 30 second intervals until caramel is completely melted.
  5. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the slightly cooled chocolate chip cookie crust.
  6. Drizzle caramel on top of the chocolate chips.
  7. Crumble the remaining cookie dough (should be less than half remaining) over the top of the caramel. It doesn't have to be perfect or even.
  8. Return the carmelitas to the oven and bake for another 12-15 minutes or until just beginning to turn golden brown.
  9. Let cool to room temperature and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting and serving.

 These Quick and Easy Carmelitas use only four ingredients! A truly decadent treat, the ooey, gooey caramel center of these amazing bars is impossible to resist! An easy dessert recipe ANYONE can make! | MomOnTimeout.com | #recipe #easy

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Comments

  1. How super simple and yet so delicious!! This is the perfect recipe when you want something “homemade” that is simple, quick, easy and yummy! Thanks for the great recipe :)

  2. This is my favorite cheat ever. You can bet I’m making these! I love your brilliant dessert mind, Trish!
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  3. These are one of my favorite kinds of bar cookies! It’s wonderful and a little scary just how easily I can make a pan of these and stuff my face with this recipe :)
    Laura @ Laura’s Culinary Adventures recently posted..Artichoke Tomato Salad

  4. Trish, these look RIDICULOUS, I am all over them! I plan on making them very soon, and maaaaaybe sharing. ;P
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  5. Seriously every time I see these pictures I want to face plant in my computer, then I stop and why the drool off my keyboard. Home run Trish! Love the easiness of these!
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  6. Hello! Those caramelitas look amazing and soooo delicious!! I really need to cake them. I was wondering, if there’s any substitute for those kraft karamels since I’m not sure if they’re available in my country.

  7. Do you think if I doubled the recipe I could use a 9×13 pan? Or should I use two 9×9 pans?

  8. Just made these. Quick and easy! Refrigerated for two hours and these were like cutting into a rock! Hoping if I let them get back to room temp, they will be easier to cut otherwise, might be throwing it all. Also, wish I would have sprayed the entire dish. Was hard to cut away from the edges, Sure hoping I’ll be able to cut them once they’re room temp. These are very rich – suggest cutting into small bars.

  9. I don’t bake much, so this question may sound very beginner, but after you get them cut do they have to stay in the fridge or can they stay out on the counter?

  10. Made these for Labor Day BBQ…we all loved them! Super rich. Goes best with a glass of milk. Recipe works perfect. Yummy!!

  11. Made these for a baby shower and they were like a magic act, disappearing off the plate before our very eyes! This is as easy and delicious as anyone can imagine. THANK YOU!!!!

  12. Cindy Crocker says:

    Are they freezer friendly? Sound and look delish!

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