I am so glad today is Thursday. Does it feel like a looonnngg week to anybody else? I don’t even have any plans to look forward to this weekend, a couple days of relaxation and no set plans is exactly what I need. :-/

I’ve been in a baking mood for days but I never seem to find time during the week. Every time I sit down to watch TV (my DVR has taken over my life) I think to myself…a brownie sounds good…a cookie is what I need…just one carmelita would make me happy. But I have no goodies laying around my house (maybe a good thing)!! To me, baking  would be a relaxing way to spend a weekend…and it will be an added bonus to have something sweet to snack when the craving hits. This weekend, I really want to bake something fall-esque. Does anybody have any suggestions?

This carmelita recipe is one of my new favorites. Oatmeal desserts are delish (the chocolate and caramel doesn’t hurt either)! In the past couple months, we’ve made these carmelitas three times. Most recently…this past Saturday. Kara brought them to a neighborhood party that night. We realized that we prefer the crust to have more oatmeal than the top because, in our opinion, they stay together better. We reflected this change in the recipe below.

Here’s what you’ll need

In a small saucepan over low heat, melt caramels and heavy cream

In a large bowl, mix together oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda and melted butter

Press 3/4 of oat mixture into bottom of a pan. I knows…ours isn’t really an 8×8. Bake 10 mins

Pour chocolate chips over baked crust and the melted caramels too

Crumble remaining oat mixture on top of chocolate/caramel. Bake 15-20 mins more

One of my new favorite desserts! <3