Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Caremelita Bars

I have a million cookbooks. Ok, not quite, but I do have hundreds and hundreds. Tonight, I almost reached for one of my favorites, a Carole Walter or a Marcy Goldman maybe, and probably because I've used them before and trust them completely. But midway through the arm reach, I paused, retracted the arm, took a look around my bookshelves, and did something risky: I grabbed a community cookbook I had never used before. It's called Amish Country Homestyle Cooking and I bought it in Volant, Pennsylvania, on a recent trip. When I found a recipe for a gooey bar (yet totally different from Blondies), I zeroed in. This was a risk well worth taking. I made a few minor adjustments to the recipe, and it came out great! Delicious and easy, which is the perfect combination. You will definitely enjoy!! And I will definitely start using more of my cookbooks!!

Caremelita Bars
adapted from a recipe by Ella J. Shetler

1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 c. oatmeal
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. brown sugar
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 c. butter, melted
1 can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
1 c. chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix everything but the sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips until crumbly. Press 2/3 of this into a 9x13 ungreased pan. Bake 8-12 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Spread the milk on top and add chips, if desired. Sprinkle remaining crumbs on top. Return to the oven and bake for about 15 minutes more or until golden and the surface doesn't move when you shake the pan.


Anonymous said...

Holy Mother of God! never mind the blondies. these are delicious.

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Anonymous said...

Just one question, Marni -- the recipe calls for 1 can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk... but how many ounces is that? (I'm not sure I can find Eagle brand but still want to try this recipe.

Have you thought about what would happen if I sprinkled chopped apples on at the same time as the condensed milk?

Marni said...

anonymous: The sweetened condensed milk is the 14 oz size. The apple idea is an interesting, fun one. The flavor would certainly go great with the brown sugar. I would just suggest that you cut up the apples pretty small (maybe 1/4-1/2 inch pieces) because if you're adding them with the condensed milk, then the apples are only getting the second baking, and that's not a lot of time to soften up a pretty hard fruit. But try it and let me know how it goes!

Jays said...

These were so good, but I'm afraid David is wrong. The blondies are still supreme.

Marni said...

As much as I enjoyed these gooey bars, I'm going to have to agree with Deborah on this: Blondies are supreme. Blondies are one of my favorite foods on Earth and most things don't even come close.

Anonymous said...

I did not actually try the blondies. but i will usually take an oatmeal cookie over a chocolate chip cookie any day, so that may explain my opinion.

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