Cupcakes and cake have their charm for all the right reasons. Sprinkles, frostings and fillings are hard to beat, but when you combine the flavors of a Snickers bar with oatmeal in these oatmeal carmelitas, you’ll give those birthday-inspired treats a run for their sweet money.

Once you have the oat crumble down, you can use it as a base for your favorite fillings. Mix and match the chocolate — milk, semi-sweet and bittersweet all work great — and even add some toffee or coconut for a twist on a Heath or Almond Joy. For a true Snickers flavor use peanuts, but if you want to share the love with your peanut-free friends go for pecans or walnuts.

Bake, freeze, slice and share. You’ll be so glad you did.

Oatmeal Carmelitas

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:25 minutes
  • Total Time:2 hours and 55 minutes
  • Servings:25
  • Easy


  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 oz semi-sweet chocolate
  • 3 oz bitter-sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup caramel topping
Photo by Christie Bok
  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350°F.

  • Step 2

    In a large bowl, add the flour, oats, sugar, baking soda and salt.

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  • Step 3

    Add in the melted butter and stir until combined.

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  • Step 4

    Spread half of the crumble in a greased baking dish or silicone pan. If you like them soft and thick, go with a 8×8 or 9×13 for thin and crispy.

    Photo by Christie Bok
  • Step 5

    Bake for 10 minutes.

  • Step 6

    Evenly spread the chocolate and pecans over the baked crumble and then drizzle the caramel.

    Photo by Christie Bok
  • Step 7

    Spread the remaining crumble over the chocolate, pecans and caramel.

  • Step 8

    Bake for 15 minutes.

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  • Step 9

    Cool for 20 minutes and then freeze for 2 hours or until set.

  • Step 10

    Cut into squares and serve with milk.

    Photo by Christie Bok