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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Carmelitas

Course Dessert
Author Maggie @ The Love Nerds


  • ¾ c. butter softened
  • 2 c. dark brown sugar light brown sugar can also be used
  • 1 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 & 3/4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 jar caramel sundae sauce
  • dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line your 9x13 baking pan with foil. Make sure you wrap the foil up the edges - this will help keep your pan safe from the caramel! Spray the foil with cooking spray and set aside until you are ready.
  3. Let your butter sit out to soften, and then cream together the butter and brown sugar.
  4. Mix in the peanut butter, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  5. Then, add the flour, oats, baking powder and salt. Make sure it's well combined.
  6. Add 1/2 of the dough into your prepped baking pan and use your fingers to press into an even layer. Bake this layer for 10 minutes.
  7. When you remove from the oven, add the caramel sauce and top with dark chocolate chips. Add the remaining dough on top. I use my fingers to flatten pieces of the dough and place on top, slowly creating a pieced together top layer.
  8. Bake for about 15 minutes more or until the top is light golden brown. It is okay if it doesn't look perfectly set yet. It will continue to set as it cools.
  9. Cool completely before attempting to remove the bars from the pan. Make earlier in the day or the night before OR put them in the fridge to help speed the process along.