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December 8, 2008 / Tony

Carmalito Bars



Carmalito Bars, recipe courtesy of Pat Boyer

1 1/4 cups flour

1 1/4 cups oatmeal

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup butter, melted

1 cup chocolate chips

1/4 cup nuts, toasted

1 pkg. (42 each) Kraft caramels

1/2 cup cream or milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, salt, oatmeal, brown sugar, and baking soda. Mix in butter until crumbly. Press 3/4 of the mixture in the bottom of a 9X13 pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, melt caramels and cream (or milk) over a double boiler (or low heat) till smooth.

Take the crust out of the oven and sprinkle with nuts and chips. Spread the caramel mixture carefully over nuts and chips. Take the remaining crumbs and sprinkle on top. Bake 20 minutes longer at 350 degrees.

Carmalito bars are a ridiculously good Christmas treat, but I would advocate eating them all year round. The bars are my mom’s very favorite to make during the holidays and even more of a favorite to eat. The recipe is actually one of my Grandma Rena’s – something they made together when she was growing up. I asked my mom and she said her favorite thing about carmalito bars is the way they crumble when you take them out of the pan and all the tasty crumbly bits that stick to the edges and have to be eaten because they are “too ugly to present.” Ahh my mother and I have so much in common.


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