Caramelita Cookies

Since the holidays I have to admit that the space between my two ear holes has been mostly empty.  Besides the idea for these cookies all I’ve got rattling around in there is my weekly battle with my kid’s bunk bed.

Now if you don’t have a bunk bed, then you won’t understand why this simple issue is taking up brain space that should be reserved for way more important issues, like the Golden Globes and Bachelor Sean.

But let me tell you, that darn bunk bed and I aren’t friends.  Not even a little.

I have decided I am gonna become at least a thousandaire when I come up with a better way to put clean sheets on the beds.  Seems simple, but just how?

Forget about the near-concussions from the ceiling repeatedly banging into my head.  Forget about the pulled muscles from trying to tuck the sheets under the mattress…that back corner is the devil’s dwelling…let’s first focus on the weight limit situation…

I know in my normal brain that I am fully supported by architecture of the top bunk.  However, it doesn’t stop my unnormal brain from convincing me that I will break the support slats falling partially through the top bunk, trapping me there, hanging in a mattress taco, awaiting my husband’s return from work to free from imminent death via mattress suffocation.  And honestly we all know when he finds me there hanging, being eaten by the mattress he will inevitably fall a little bit out of love with me.  It’s only human, I can’t fault him.

For the sake of my marriage I need a better way to come up with putting new sheets on my kid’s bunk beds.

But in the meantime I decided on the next viable option…the cookies.  Not all life’s problems can be fixed in one day.

If you’re not familiar with a Caramelita, it’s a yummy oatmealy, caramelly cookie bar.

My friend Kristan made some not too long ago with Rolo Candies, which I thought was a pretty inspired idea!

So I thought instead of making them the usual bar-way, why couldn’t these be cookies?

Well I did it…here’s how…

Caramelita Cookies.

Caramelita Cookies | Cookies & CupsI used lots of brown sugar…

Brown sugar in a measuring cupAnd also lots of oats…

Oats in a measuring cup

It’s a quick dough…very similar to an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie…

Cookie dough with oatmeal and chocolate chips on a stand mixer beaterWell, here’s the trick.. chill the dough.

I know, you don’t want to, but it’s important here.

THEN you’ll need to grab your Rolo candies and stick those in the freezer…

Wrapped and unwrapped Rolo candy and gold foil wrappersAmber told me the importance of freezing your candy…if you don’t, the caramel will ooze out and leak out of the cookie, sticking to the baking sheet, creating a big old mess.

Also, chilling the dough keeps the cookie shape, holding the caramel inside, not letting it escape!

I tried these cookies with caramel squares also.  Didn’t work, guys…at least the regular Kraft caramels.  After they baked, the caramel got super hard and too chewy for the middle of a cookie.  The Rolos stay much softer, perfect for the filling!

Another tip.. if you are impatient and don’t want to chill the dough or freeze the Rolos, you can bake them, and let them cool completely on the baking sheet before moving them.  That will help the caramel set up and not fall through the cookie.  I speak from personal experience.

Caramelita Cookies | Cookies & Cups


Caramelita Cookies

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


Makes about 40 cookies


  • 1 1/4 cups butter (2 1/2 sticks) room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • approx 40 unwrapped Rolo candies, frozen


  1. In stand mixer cream butter and brown sugar together for about 1 minute. Add in eggs and vanilla and mix until incorporated and smooth.
  2. Turn mixer to low and add in flour, baking soda, salt and oats. Turn mixer up to medium until evenly mixed. Turn mixer down to low and add in chocolate chips. Mix until evenly distributed.
  3. Chill dough for at least an hour. During this time freeze your Rolo candies.
  4. When dough is ready preheat oven to 350° and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Take about 1 1/2 Tablespoons of cookie dough and wrap it around a frozen Rolo, forming a ball. Place your dough balls about 2 inches apart on lined baking sheet. (Make sure that you have enough dough on the bottom of the cookie that none of the Rolo is exposed)
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes until edges are golden and tops have just set.
  7. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 4-5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling.


Freezing candies and chilling dough is recommended because the Rolo will sink to the bottom of the cookie and stick to your pan.
If you forget to freeze the candies and chill the dough, allow the cookies to cool completely on the baking sheet.

Want To Save This Recipe?

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

You might also like...

Share Your Comments

Want to share a photo of what you’ve made? Be sure to register or log in and then click the camera icon camera icon located at the bottom of the comment area.

Leave a Reply


newest oldest most voted

I had the same trouble as Nicole. Cookies taste amazing, but didn’t look it. I chilled dough and Rolos and followed directions to a T. Can’t figure out what went wrong.

Forgetful Sian
Forgetful Sian

Just wondering if anyone can help me out…I found a link to this page through a food page on facebook (which had a lot of other ideas I wanted to try out) But I have completely lost the page to be able to like it!!! >:( Soooo does anyone have any idea what page it was? Def going to try these on the weekend!! 🙂 x

Jewell Ulrich

Oh my goodness … these cookies look fantastic! I can’t wait to try them! I just about died laughing while reading your bunk bed story! I can totally relate. Our boys had bunk beds, and instead of climbing up onto the bed to make it, I discovered it was easier to pull the bed away from the wall and just make it while standing on the floor. I’m tall, so it wasn’t a problem for me. It might be worth investing in some of the little sliders that you place under furniture legs to help it glide across the carpet… Read more »


These sound so delish, can’t wait to try them. Thank you for sharing. btw, in your directions, there is a small error. After baking, you meant to let the cookies “cooL” on the baking sheet, not ‘cooK’. Thought yo might want to edit that. : D


milk duds also work well in place of the rolos


I am using rolos this time but I have also used milk duds which work well. they have the carmel in them and also make the cookie have a chewy middle!

Shelly B.
Shelly B.

So, I have a girlfriend who makes the best carmelitas and when I saw this recipe I quickly forwarded it to her and told her we Must. Make. These. We followed the recipe to a tee (except we used right-out-if-the-fridge butter.) and they turned out AMAZING!!! Of course, ours didn’t yield 40 cookies because we ate most of the batter, but we got 2 – 2 1/2 dozen out if it. I think I might even use this recipe (without the rolos) when I make oatmeal chococalte chip cookies. I love how they kept their shape and didn’t flatten out… Read more »

Leslie @ Triathlete Treats

I just made these!! They are amazing!! Thanks for all of the GREAT recipes!!


I made these for someone’s birthday at work and they were a huge hit. However, it didn’t make close to 40 cookies.. more like 20. But, overall, delicious… after some trial and error at first.


I. Must. Have. These. Now. Can you use old-fashioned oats? I think that’s what I have here. Otherwise, I have all the ingredients without running to the store.


I hate our bunk bed set for this very same reason. After an unfortunate episode where I climbed up the ladder and BROKE one of the rungs, in front of the other 3 people in our family, and the husband saying, “Honey, you aren’t as little as you think you are” (I am thin, by golly!), and the girls laughing their heads off….. the girls put their own stupid top bunk sheets on now. I needed these cookies then… to help me eat away my upset-ness! LOL!


You are singing to my soul with this one… both with these gorgeous, sumptuous cookies, and with your commentary about your headspace being empty/focused on mission critical issues like The Bach, Golden Globes, Princess Kate’s new portrait, etc. since the holidays. Now that I know that I’m not alone, I choose to eat cookies and read my People mag in a guilt-free zone. Thank you!


Disaster! I made these for a potluck at work and they did not look anything as beautiful as yours. What did I do wrong? They tasted yummy, but I was thoroughly embarrassed about the presentation- they looked like pathetic pancakes. I am going to try them again because they are so scrumptious, but I wish I knew what I did incorrectly.

Melissa in NJ
Melissa in NJ

I had a bunk bed and hated changing the sheets, too, so I did it like once a year. Ssshhhhhh! Don’ t tell anybody. I didn ‘ t like making the bed either, so I didn’ t…. I didn’ t know those cookie- bars were called carmelitas but Damn I love ‘ em. Yours look great!

Buy Biscuits Online

Nice blog.. Thanks for sharing this information with us

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

Tips for Baking Success!

Cookies and Cups Newsletter Get 5 Baking Secrets That Will Change Your Life!

Delivered Straight to Your Inbox, For Free:

Recipes You’ll Love

This site participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means to earn a small fee by linking to and affiliated sites.

Ad Blocker Detected!

Advertisements fund this website. Please disable your adblocking software or whitelist our website.
Thank You!
Skip to content