So call me crazy, but Pinterest is one of the best things that's ever happened to me.
To say that I'm obsessed with it is a serious understatement. I have
(In a more practical sense, I also love Pinterest because it has brought so many new visitors to my blog. Yay! I like new friends!)
Now, I recently noticed a very popular Pinterest recipe, for Carmelitas from Lulu the Baker, that I have been dying to try.
I'm sure the original recipe is amazing, but I wanted to put a slightly different spin on it - so I added some Nutella and toasted hazelnuts.
Oh my word. These things are dangerous.
My dad and stepmom had Mr. Vittles and I over for dinner, and we brought these for dessert. My stepmom specifically asked to be quoted on V&B that she "thoroughly enjoyed" this dessert. Which, might I add, is a lot coming from a person that doesn't much care for sweets.
My dad... well that's another story. I only brought a few because they don't like to keep bad-for-you food in the house, but he quickly determined that the two leftover bars would definitely not be going home with us.
I did have a couple more left at our house though, so I brought one to my friend (and cube buddy) Joe at work. He loves caramel, so I figured he would enjoy it. It lasted until about 8:30AM on his desk, when I heard a muffled "These are amazing!" over my cubicle wall, amidst lots of chewing.
So please, do me a few favors.
One, get on Pinterest if you aren't already.
And two, make some carmelitas. Plain, hazelnut, whichever - just please make them!
I can't be the only one wearing pants with an elastic waist around here.
- 16 caramel squares, unwrapped
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 C. nutella spread
- 3/4 cup butter, melted
- 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 C. semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 C. chopped hazelnuts (I recommend toasting them first, but that's up to you)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar, flour, oats, and baking soda. Pat half of the oatmeal mixture into the bottom of an 8x8" pan. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
While crust is baking, melt caramel squares with heavy cream and nutella in saucepan over low heat. Stir until melted & smooth.
Remove pan from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips and hazelnuts over baked crust. Pour caramel mixture evenly over pan. Crumble remaining oatmeal mixture over caramel. Return to oven and bake an additional 15-20 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting.*
*The original recipe says you can put these in the fridge to speed up cooling if you are short on time. The bars shouldn't be served cold, but the caramel takes a long time to cool down. I would wait until they are cooled a little bit though first if you used a glass pan (don't want it to crack). Bars should be stored and served at room temperature. Mine were good for about 5 days in an airtight container. Makes 1 8x8 square pan.
Recipe Adapted from Lulu the Baker