Cooking A-Z :: C is for Carmelitas

When I first came across this recipe, I saw that it was titled “aka the best cookies ever,” and I thought, hmm.. that’s a pretty tough title to claim. I mean, the BEST cookies EVER. There are thousands, if not millions, of recipes out there for cookies whether it be a classic chocolate chip or a crazy candy bar cookie bar. And for this recipe to be called THE BEST is a pretty big statement to make. However, after baking and tasting these bars, I think they can be placed pretty high up in the ranks.

IMG_0059I mean wow, look at the delicious, gooey caramel layer topping the decadent layer of chocolate. Wow, it’s as mouthwatering to look at as it is to eat it.  To contrast the ooey-gooey-ness of the caramel and chocolate, we have the buttery top layer of oats and the slightly crunchy crispy bottom layer of oats.

If you have these ingredients in your kitchen, go make these immediately. Drop whatever you’re doing, go into the kitchen, and whip up a batch of these delicious carmelitas.

 

 

Ingredients:

32 caramel squares, unwrapped (I used caramel bits instead)
1/2 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Combine caramels and cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until completely smooth; set aside.

2. In a separate bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar, flour, oats, and baking soda.

3. Pat half of the oatmeal mixture into the bottom of an 8×8″ pan.

4. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

5. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over crust.

6. Pour caramel mixture over chocolate chips.

7. Crumble remaining oatmeal mixture over caramel.

8. Return to oven and bake an additional 15-20 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting.

Original Recipe

Lucky Charms Cupcakes

Cereal is one of my favorite foods. I can eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner…. for a whole day. There are so many different types of cereal, I absolutely love it. You can have super sugary cereal for a snack or a less sugary snack for a more “savory” feel. There’s puffy cereal, crunchy cereal, colored cereal, plain cereal. The list and combinations are endless! And this crazy love for cereal inspired me to go out, buy a box of lucky charms, and whip up a batch of lucky charm cupcakes!

lucky charms

Ingredients:

Cupcake:

  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup  Lucky Charms
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

Marshmallow Frosting:

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

WYD:

Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line your cupcake pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir the milk and cereal together. Stir occasionally and soak for 20 minutes. Strain out and discard cereal. Set your delicious cereal milk aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together.
  4. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract together. Add half of flour mixture and vegetable oil, and stir until combined. Add remaining flour mixture and cereal milk, and stir until fully combined.
  5. Fill the cupcake tins 3/4 full. Bake for 16-18 minutes.
  6. Let cupcakes cool in cupcake pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  7. Cool completely before frosting.

Ingredients:

  1. Place egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar in a double boiler over medium-high heat. Constantly whisk mixture, until sugar has dissolved and the whites are foamy and warm to the touch.
  2. Transfer egg whites to a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Beat egg whites until stiff, glossy peaks form. Add vanilla and mix until combined. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and serve immediately.

Note: My frosting did not turn out so well, but it did taste good! Let me know how these work out for you!

Original Recipe