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

Cooking A-Z :: A is for Almond Brittle

I’m starting a Cooking A-Z project on my blog to challenge me and spark up my baking experience. I was inspired by Sweets, Eats, and Crafts to do this, and I highly recommend you checking out her blog! It’s quite amazing. Hopefully my posts will inspire you to start a Cooking A-Z of your own.

Okay, so I have a confession. I actually burned my hand pretty badly while making my first batch. It led to a pretty not-so-delightful blister. Oops. But hey, everybody’s gotta make some mistakes to get where they are.. right? Right……? Sigh. Hopefully someones agrees with me there. Anywho, here’s the recipe. It’s originally a recipe for peanut brittle, but I used up all the peanuts I had when I made my burned batch so I had to substitute for almonds.

By the way, you don’t need a functional oven to make this recipe because this is made in the microwave!

PLEASE, PLEASE be extremely careful when making the brittle. If using a slightly smaller bowl, the mixture will overflow when the baking soda is added and you may burn yourself. 

 IMG_6596Ingredients:

  • 1 + 1/2 cups dry roasted almonds (or whichever nut you prefer)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

 

 

WYD:

  1. IMG_6592Grease a baking sheet, and set aside. In a glass bowl, combine peanuts, sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Cook in microwave for 6 to 7 minutes on High (700 W); mixture should be bubbly and peanuts browned. Stir in butter and vanilla; cook 2 to 3 minutes longer.
  2. Quickly stir in baking soda, just until mixture is foamy. Pour immediately onto greased baking sheet. Let cool 15 minutes, or until set. Break into pieces, and store in an airtight container.

Yield: well, this much!

Original Recipe