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Pecan Pie Carmelita Bars

These pecan pie carmelita bars are like a next level cookie bar, they’re stuffed with pecans, chocolate, and caramel sauce and are super delicious.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 small bars or 2 generous servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons quick oats you can pulse rolled oats in a food processor a few times for similar results
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • 7 tablespoons cold unsalted butter diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chunks or chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup store-bought caramel sauce I didn't have any caramel sauce so I made a homemade one, see note

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 and line a loaf pan with parchment paper (do not use foil). Spray the parchment paper with cooking spray. These bars are very sticky! Be sure to leave enough parchment poverhanging the pan to use as handles to get the bars out of the pan.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, and salt.
  • Add the butter to the flour mixture and work it through the dough using tow knives or a pastry blender. The dough will be similar to cookie dough.
  • Divide the dough in half.
  • Press half of the dough into the baking pan.
  • Sprinkle the pecans and chocolate chunks on top.
  • Evenly drizzle the caramel sauce on top.
  • Scatter the remaining dough on top. It won't completely comer and nuts.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, until the caramel is bubbling and the crust is starting to brown.
  • Let cool completely before removing from the pan.
  • Slice in half (or into smaller pieces - I sliced mine into 8 small bars) and serve. (they're even easier to slice if chilled first).

Notes

I used this recipe for 'oh so easy caramel sauce' (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/245648/oh-so-easy-caramel-sauce/) and halved it, here is the recipe: [br]1/2 cup packed brown sugar[br]1/4 cup butter [br]1/8 cup milk [br]1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)[br]Bring brown sugar, butter, and milk to a gentle boil and cook until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat; add vanilla extract.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g