Wednesday, 21 May 2014


Reader Beth loves to bake... and loves finding new recipes and treats to try out! We asked her to share her recipe for Carmelitas, which have the reputation in the USA for being the best cookies in the WORLD!

Beth says:
These are my Carmelitas! The recipe is an American one I found on Pinterest, and I've adapted the measurements and changed it a little. My passion is baking and these are my FAVOURITE thing to bake as they're soooo delicious! My tips: line the tin with foil before you start as it makes it easier to lift the Carmelita out of the tin once cool. When you take the baked mixture out, it will be wobbly and soft, but leave it to cool completely at room temperature and it will soon harden. I also put them in the fridge overnight once they'd cooled, and they tasted even better the next day!

Main ingredients:
171g/6oz melted butter
165g/5.7oz brown sugar
128g/4.5oz plain flour
85g/3oz rolled oats
1tsp bicarb of soda
6oz choc chips
1/ Combine melted butter, brown sugar, oats, flour and bicarb of soda in a bowl.
2/ Press half the oatmeal mixture into bottom of an 8" x 8" baking tin lined with tinfoil and bake in oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees/ gas mark 4.
3/ Remove from oven and sprinkles chocolate chips over the base.
4/ Make the caramel mixture (see below) and pour over the chocolate chips.
5/ Crumble remaining oatmeal mixture over the caramel and return to oven for 15-20 minutes until edges are lightly browned.
6/ Remove from oven and cool completely to room temperature before cutting into squares. Enjoy!

To make the caramel...
397g tin of condensed milk
4oz margarine
4oz sugar
1 tbsp syrup
Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan over a low heat, stirring all the time. Bring to the boil, still stirring, until thick and caramel-coloured, then pour over the oat and chocolate base.
(Easy short-cut - buy a tin of ready made caramel!)

Cathy says:
Wow... these Carmelitas look and sound AMAZING! Do YOU love baking or are you a kitchen catastrophe? COMMENT BELOW to tell all!


  1. I absolutely love baking! I have invented a cupcake recipe which includes fresh cream and apples in the centre of the cake, butterfly cake style. They taste really good, and I don't think anyone has done that (correct me if I'm wrong! :-)) I have made my own birthday cake for a couple of years, and am hoping maybe to enter Cake International............ (maybe, it depends if I get a good enough design, but we'll see! I don't know really at the moment!)) Those cookies look incredibly gorgeous!! I just want to reach in and take them from the screen! (Imagine if that was possible, it would be amazing!)

  2. I love cooking. I prefer baking sweet treats instead of proper meals but I will happily cook anything. My favourite recipe to cook would have to be sticky toffee puddings they're lush! I'm not entering a cake competition (like Caitlin) but I would like to. Also those cookies look great I'm going to try to make them.

    1. You should enter a competition! Even if you don't do well, it is a great experience! Sticky toffee pudding is absolutely gorgeous, I agree! :-)

  3. The only thing I can cook is instant noodles T_T but those cookies look amazing! Wish I had the motivation to bake something like that!



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