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Pumpkin Pie Carmelitas

Pumpkin Pie Carmelitas

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Pumpkin Pie Carmelitas
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All the gooey, oatmeal goodness of regular carmelitas with a delicious pumpkin twist for fall! These are so delicious warmed up with a big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.
Serves: 9
Carmelitas Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • caramel sauce (store-bought or homemade)
Filling Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang that will help you to pull the bars out later. Spray the paper a little with cooking spray.
  2. Toast the pecans by spreading them on the foil-lined baking sheet and baking for around 6-7 minutes, tossing occasionally, until fragrant. Set them aside.
  3. Beat the butter in a large mixing bowl until fluffy. Add the brown sugars and cream until fluffy, 2-3 minutes, scraping down the bowl as needed. Beat in egg, vanilla extract, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add the flour slowly, mixing until just combined, and then stir in the oats. Press about 2/3 of the dough into your parchment-lined pan, covering the bottom.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and cloves. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, pumpkin, and this sugar mixture. Gradually whisk in the evaporated milk. Pour this mixture over the prepared base. Take pinches of the rest of your oat mixture and flatten them into "shingles" in your hands, laying them over top of your pumpkin and caramel filling until it's roughly covered.
  5. Bake the bars for 32-35 minutes. If your top crust begins to get brown, cover the pan with foil for the last bit of baking. Let the bars cool in the pan until they are room temperature (at least two hours). Drizzle them with caramel sauce and top with toasted pecans. You can store them in an airtight container in the fridge until you're ready to serve them -- and at that point, I recommend heating them up and adding a big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream!


14 Comments on Pumpkin Pie Carmelitas (and the Tale of Lindsey Hudson)

  1. Rachel @ Simple Seasonal
    September 20, 2015 at 11:26 pm (6 years ago)

    These look delicious! The fall flavors and the gooey center I bet are delightful!

  2. Sarah
    September 21, 2015 at 7:23 am (6 years ago)

    Your college experience sounds a lot like mine – total chaos and the everyday melt down. I can laugh about it now, but at the time I did no such thing haha. I’m still trying to work out my time managment – I think one thing that I find to help the most is to make lists of e v e r y t h i n g! The satisfaction I get from crossing something off is amazing, and I feel like it helps get a little of the chaos out of my head….now on to these pumpkin caremlitas…that caramel is killing me it looks so good! Yay for pumpkin recipes that make me drool all over my keyboard!

  3. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
    September 21, 2015 at 7:45 am (6 years ago)

    How have I never had a carmelita before?! These are seriously rocking my taste buds this morning, and I love the pumpkin in there! Pinned!

  4. Chicago Jogger
    September 21, 2015 at 8:06 am (6 years ago)

    This pumpkin pie themed recipe looks so delicious! Since you asked… I keep a daily list on a Note on my phone. It’s updated constantly!

  5. Carrie D.
    September 21, 2015 at 11:36 am (6 years ago)

    Funny, while I was reading your description of your overwhelming time in college, I thought to myself, “Sounds like ADHD.” The only reason I know is because my 14-year-old daughter was diagnosed with it in May. Two months after that, my husband was diagnosed as well! Fortunately, they have found medication that helps them. Hope you are able to find something to help you as well!

    I’ve got these carmelitas on my to-do list for this weekend!

  6. Tammy
    September 21, 2015 at 3:10 pm (6 years ago)

    Ahhh organizing is a task within itself, but one that definitely pays off. I found myself in a rut of endless nights and zombie mornings because I didn’t have any routine or schedule. I was all over the place…juggling a million different things at once. Finally, I bought a plan book…and I have to say it actually worked. I thought with the stress of work and my endless to-do list I would forget to write in it, but it’s like my bible now. I have it with me wherever I go and because of it, I get more done than before. I’m not perfect though…far from it. Sometimes, I have assignments creep up on me and then end up pulling all-nighters to get them in; and forget about one plant, I’ve killed an entire garden due to lack of time management. But yeah, we all know a Lindsey Hudson. Haha. Oh well…you see, it’s not just you. It’s life. Everyone deals with it.

    On to these carmelitas…totally new to me, but all that gooey gooey goodness is calling my name. 😀 Looks insanely delicious!


  7. Megan Keno {Country Cleaver}
    September 21, 2015 at 8:28 pm (6 years ago)

    I just want to curl up on the couch, buried in a fuzzy blanket, and eat all of this.

  8. Jan K
    September 22, 2015 at 12:07 am (6 years ago)

    Time management, you ask? For me to be able to juggle my work meetings, volunteer work, the kids appointments, pay household bills and home maintenance I heavily rely on my iPhone calendar with reminders. The calendar can be color coded and every member of my family has an assigned color. This allows me to quickly see what appointments any member of my family has on a given day, just by looking for their assigned color. Carmelitas look yummy!

  9. Lisa
    September 22, 2015 at 12:13 pm (6 years ago)

    I lock keys in my car when I park and don’t get immediately out of the car. My “routine” is interrupted and they stay in the ignition! SO now I carry an extra key in my purse. I rarely if ever forget to get my purse out of the car.

    And I use a bag system to help me remember other things. I pack tote bags with the things I need for each day and leave them on the door handle (house door, that is) the night before to grab as I unlock the door to go out.

    When there were children in the house, we used a square plastic basket on the kitchen counter to hold folders for each child with papers that needed to be signed, homework to be checked, etc.

    Other than that, a calendar is indispensable. Until recently, that has been a wall calendar and Outlook, but I got a smart phone two months ago and am learning to use it.

    Yum to the carmelitas! Must try!

  10. Carol
    September 22, 2015 at 2:41 pm (6 years ago)

    First, the photo alone puts the recipe on my to-do list.

    Second, I find that I need visual cues. I keep my medicine by the coffee pot because I make coffee every morning, I see my medicine and remember to take it. If I need to bring something with me, I place it where it can’t be missed before leaving the house.

    When the kids were home, I had a giant whiteboard calendar to keep track of what needed to be done and when. When I’m catering, I make lists, and physically cross items off.

    Necessity is the mother of invention, I can attest.

  11. Amy | Club Narwhal
    September 22, 2015 at 3:22 pm (6 years ago)

    I feel like my whole life needs to be revamped a la Lindsey Hudson 🙂 I’m also a last minute type person and you’re right, all it causes is undue stress! I hope you find the right balance for you between coping strategies and medication (and a few healthy servings of these GORGEOUS carmelitas ;)!

  12. Joanna
    September 22, 2015 at 4:02 pm (6 years ago)

    Living overseas, then returning to the States, I’ve noticed that we Americans tend to pile TOO MANY THINGS on our proverbial plates. What has worked best for our family is to choose prayerfully and thoughtfully in which activities we will choose to invest. We purposefully build space and margin into our lives, bucking the “busy is good” myth. With four kids, we are still busy, but we work hard to intentionally have time to be still and have fun together. Then when those crazy times do come (because the toilet will overflow and there will be trips to the emergency room) we have resources from which to draw deep. And God’s grace abounds when we’re scattered brained and just down-right empty, too 🙂

  13. Jenni
    September 27, 2015 at 9:03 pm (6 years ago)

    Girl. The only (and I mean ONLY) way I survive is with a paper weekly planner. I schedule everything! From my meal plan, exercise, to-do’s for the day, even when I shower. This is like the only way I keep on top of things!


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