Dulce de Leche Revel Bars

I just like saying dulce de leche. I feel like I sound so worldly instead of just saying “rich indulgent caramel” even though they’re pretty much the same thing.

This time I put ducle de leche into Revel Bars. Good choice on my part.

This Dulce de Leche Revel Bars recipe is fast, easy, and full of caramel and oatmeal cookie flavor!

So when I edited these photos I realized these dulce de leche revel bars looked almost identical to these butterscotch gooey bars. I guess I have a photo style? Ha!

Really, these bars may look the same as those, but they couldn’t be more different. Aside from the gooey factor, that is.

Easy Dulce de Leche Revel Bars Recipe

Revel bars are, I think, one of those old standard cookie bars. I wouldn’t know, because I’ve never had one. I’ve seen them on blogs a few times but never thought twice about them. And then I was looking through my BHG red-checkered cookbook for something else and the page fell open to Chocolate Revel Bars.

This actually happened the same day I was brainstorming dulce de leche recipes. You could say it was a major lightbulb moment.

{Does anyone think it’s funny that we still use Oprah speak even years after her show ended? The Ugly Cry, the Lightbulb Moment. Are those in the dictionary? They should be.}

Easy Dulce de Leche Revel Bars Recipe

So, what is a revel bar? It’s a recipe you’ll revel in. Haha. But seriously…you will.

Revel bars are an oatmeal cookie bar with a filling. They’re like gooey bars meet oatmeal blondies. Like blondies, the cookie dough base is made with butter and brown sugar and a healthy dose of quick-cooking oats. Like a gooey bar, you press half the dough in the pan, then pour gooey goodness over the top, and then drop the rest of the dough on top.

The normal Revel Bars are made with a chocolate mixture (melted chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk). These bars? These are made with dulce de leche.

You know what dulce de leche is, right? It’s a caramelly mixture made with milk and sugar that’s boiled down for hours and hours. It becomes thick, like peanut butter, but it’s caramel. It’s also the best stuff in the world.

You can buy dulce de leche in the grocery store. It comes in cans like sweetened condensed milk, usually in the baking aisle or sometimes in the international foods aisle. You can also make your own in a crockpot.

Then you use the wonderful mixture to make these:

These Dulce de Leche Revel Bars are a fast and easy recipe! The are full of caramel and oatmeal cookie flavor!

These bars are gooey to the nth degree. I cut the recipe I found in half because I didn’t want to make a huge pan of them. I baked these in a 9×9″ square pan.

{To make a bigger batch, double the recipe and use a 10x15x1″ cake roll pan. You’ll probably only need 1 1/2 cans of DDL instead of 2.}

Press half the dough into the bottom of the pan. It’s sticky, so I suggest spraying your hands with cooking spray first. It’ll make a thin layer across the bottom of your pan.

Then you warm the dulce de leche to make it easily spreadable and spread it all over the dough. Be sure to leave a 1/4″ barrier around the edge. It’s fine if some of the DDL hits the edges of the pan, but it’s best for “sealing” if the dough can meet itself.

Once you have the caramel spread, you drop spoonfulls of the remaining dough over the top and lightly spread them with your fingers. It won’t totally cover but that’s okay.

Bake until golden and you get SUPER gooey Dulce de Leche Revel Bars.

Dulce de Leche Revel Bars Recipe

Which, besides eating with a spoon, is my favorite way of eating dulce de leche!

Did you make this recipe?

Dulce de Leche Revel Bars

These oatmeal cookie bars are filled with caramel dulce de leche for a gooey sweet bar cookie!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 can (about 13 ounces) dulce de leche (or use homemade)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×9” square pan with foil and spray well with cooking spray. You can use parchment in place of foil, if you prefer.
  2. Cream butter and sugar in a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Cream until smooth, just a minute or so. Beat in egg, vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Mix in flour then slowly mix in oats.
  3. Press half the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. It will be a thin layer. The dough is sticky so I suggest spraying your hands with cooking spray to help the dough not stick to you.
  4. Place dulce de leche in a small microwave safe bowl. Heat about 45-60 seconds in the microwave, then stir until smooth. You just want to make it spreadable, not too liquidy. In it’s normal form it would be too hard to spread over the raw dough.
  5. Pour the dulce de leche evenly over the bars, trying to keep a 1/4” border around the edges of the pan.
  6. Use two spoons to scoop the remaining dough all over the top of the bars. Press slightly with your fingers to smooth the lumps of dough. It will not completely cover.
  7. Bake for about 23-28 minutes, until the top of the bars are golden brown. The pan will still be jiggly. Let them cool completely before attempting to slice. They’ll be gooey!
  8. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days or freeze in a single layer for up to one month.

Notes:

To make a bigger batch, double the recipe and use a 10x15x1″ cake roll pan. You’ll probably only need 1 1/2 cans of DDL instead of 2.

Recipe adapted from the BHG cookbook.

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51 comments

  1. I would eat about 17 of these without stopping. That dulce de leche in the middle is happiness in a bar! Love that crock pot recipe, btw.

  2. If I email you my address, will you pack some of these up and send them to me? 🙂 That dulce de leche gooeyness-OMG! Beautiful.

  3. Oooh – come to mama!!! I am drooling right now!

  4. I’ve never heard of revel bars before, but these look amazing! Definitely  will have to give them a try. Love how you added dulce de leche to them!

  5. These look fantastic, Dorothy!  I’d be afraid I’d eat the whole batch if I made them 😉  Dulce de leche is seriously the best too, I love it!  

  6. These look dangerously delish! Definitely pinning, love both your butterscotch brownnies and those oatmeal cookie magic bars 🙂 Drooling!

  7. These dulce de leche bars look wickedly delicious.. i can’t get enough of all that gooey center.

  8. Between the dulce de leche and the brown sugar, I bet the caramely undertones were more like overtones and I bet it was heaven! And then the oats for texture to balance the goo factor, THESE are my people 🙂 I would eat the whole thing!

  9. I simply love dulce de leche, and I’m one of those people who say caramel and dulce de leche are not the same thing. 🙂 I love them both though! These bars look amazing, Dorothy!

  10. OK you have convinced me to make these. That is just so unfair on so many levels… I do so love dulce de leche! MMMmmm…

  11. These cookies look so delicious! I love dulce de leche or cajeta. I also put my eyes in the Dulce de Leche pie you have on this blog. Pinned!

  12. Just. . oh my gawd.  . these look amazingly good. Damn! 

  13. Good gawd woman….Send me some plzzzzz! 

  14. Wow, these look wonderful. I don’t suppose you saved me any?? lol xoxo

  15. Its really killing me that I don’t have one of these in front of me right now. Pouting….er, pinning.

  16. Oh these look fabulous! Ooey gooey desserts are the best!

  17. Puhlease tell me you’re packing these in the car for our roadtrip because I need them immediately! 

  18. One…or two of these are ok, aren’t they? Even if you’re working on that bikini body…? 😉

  19. My sister’s boyfriend texted her yesterday that he wanted oatmeal cookies…I might have to share this recipe with her. I think he would be in heaven over these bad boys. 🙂

  20. All my pictures have a tendency to look alike. These look amazing! I can have one for breakfast right?

  21. Girlfriend, dulce de leche is seriously my very best friend!  I love these bars with all  my heart!

  22. I’d go all Alex Trebeck (sp?) and pronounce “dulce de leche” as authentically as I could if you gave me a tray of these babies. 

  23. What a bar…what a bar…what a bar… oops. I’m repeating myself but seriously.Wow. Love the looks of these!

  24. Heavenly! These bars are the bomb dot com girl!

  25. Pretty sure I need 3 of these plus a big glass of milk right NOW! 

  26. I always though dulce de leche was the same as caramel! I feel like I am missing out now that I know they are different! I need to try it! These bars look fabulous, who doesn’t love a gooey center like that?!

  27. I love your photo style and these bars look insanely delicious! That gooey dulce de leche center is everything!

  28. I can’t even stand how badly I want these right now! And I just started running again…got a bathing suit to fit it to, after all. Damn you, Dorothy and all your amazing desserts! *shakes fists*

  29. I’m pretty much dying over the gooeyness. These bars look sooo soft and well….to put it simply: this is why I’m not skinny 😛

  30. So.In.Love!! I just can’t get enough of these Dulce De Leche bars!! I’m selfishly thinking of hiding the pan so no one else can find and eat any of these…that’s ok, right??

  31. These look gooey and so delicious, Dorothy! Love dulce de leche – I could eat it straight from the tin! 😀 Perfect treat for Cinco de Mayo! 

  32. My daughter and a couple of friends are coming home for the weekend – guess what one of my snacks will be for them?! Can’t wait to try these – and homemade DDL….I have never tried it, but pretty sure it will become a staple – ha!

  33. you had me at dulce de leche.  made these last night and they were as delish as they look. OMG, best way to use up that Dulce I had in the fridge, without spooning it directly into my mouth–and I got some healthy oatmeal as well. thanks for a great simple recipe. 

  34. These were delicious.  I made as directed except I used about 1/3 of the Dulce de Leche and made them in an 8×8 foil pan.  They came out perfect.  I buttered my hands to work with the sticky dough.  It was easy peasy. These bars are very addictive.  I’m not sure if they will make it to the picnic!!  Thanks for sharing.

  35. Why hello there… Come to mama! Holy moly these look irresistible! I definitely would hide the entire batch so I could eat it myself!

  36. These are amazing!! I only had old fashioned oats on hand, but they still turned out very well. For the top layer of dough, I flattened balls of dough between my hands and layed them across the caramel layer, then pressed all the edges together slightly. Will definitely make again. Thanks for the recipe!!

  37. These look delicious! I made something similar last year for cookie trays, that used melted caramels. I’d like to try this recipe, but would it be good for the cookie trays? Does the center firm up or would it be gooey, and maybe a little messy for that? Thanks!

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