{August} Baking Penpal: Carmelita Bars

I’m so happy to introduce you my new friend, Alex from Yums and Loves. We met through Bakin’ Friends, an online community that connects bakers, bloggers, foodies, and people who just like sweets! I really enjoy being part of this group. This month’s secret ingredients is oatmeal and I was jumping ups and downs when this package arrived. Not only this tastes amazing, but it also comes with recipe. That means I can bake on my own when I crave more of this and of course, share the recipe with you all.

Bakin’ Friends is definitely a fun way to make new friends. I hope you can participate so we get a chance to know each other better. In case you’re wondering about this penpal, check it out here.

Carmelita Bars
Makes one 9×13 pan


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1½ cups melted butter
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 12-oz. jar caramel ice cream topping
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 bag (11-12 oz.) chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, oats, butter, and baking soda. Stir until combined.
  3. Press half the mixture into the bottom of your pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over your crust.
  5. Spoon caramel over the top. Sprinkle on sea salt.
  6. Crumble the remaining oat mixture over the top. Bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool before cutting.


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