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Dulce de Leche Bars

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Papi (my dad) came for a visit last week.  It was a quick trip to bring this chica more cardboard boxes for our move.  Isn’t he sweet?  It feels like I have been packing forever and we don’t physically move until mid may, but dammit I’m ready to go home! Moving on. In our family everyone knows that if Papi is coming for a visit there must be a sweet treat baked for his drive home.  Papi loves homemade cookies, cake, cheesecake..etc.. really the man has the biggest sweet tooth.  I swear he is worse than the kids.

Off to the kitchen to bake.  I went for my trusty bars.  These bars lend themselves so well to any filling you choose.  Guava, tamarind, cajeta (drool), strawberry or blackberry the options are endless.  Today I went with dulce de leche.  I made three pans, two with dulce de leche and one of guava. Baked, cooled, sliced, wrapped and ready to go.



When I called my little sister later that night to ask if Papi had arrived home safely and if she had tried the dulce de leche bars, she said “No, I only tried guava, are you sure you packed dulce de leche bars?”

I guessed Papi liked them! Enjoy!



Dulce de Leche Bars


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • Dulce de leche


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease a 9×13 pan, set aside
  3. Combine flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt and rolled oats.
  4. Add butter. With two knives cut butter into dry ingredients until mixture is crumbly.
  5. Press half of the mixture into prepared pan. This is your crust.
  6. By tablespoons dollop dulce de leche over crust.
  7. Sprinkle the remaining mixture over the dulce de leche and press gently with hand or fork.
  8. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until crust is lightly browned.
  9. Allow to cool and cut into slices.


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20 Responses to Dulce de Leche Bars

  1. I have just made these for my Spanish class tomorrow…we are having a class “flea market” to practice speaking and using money. I hope to then treat the class to these. A half pound of butter with dulce la lecha in a bar has to be wonderful!

  2. Hmmm – these look so amazing! I could not be trusted around a batch of them.
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  3. These bars looks absolutely delicious and could have one right now with my cup of tea.
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  4. Your Papi sounds like a very wise man…can’t say I blame him! In fact I may have had a hard time sharing as well…these are amazing!
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  5. Since you will be moving very soon, I suggest you move to my small town down here in Mexico. We could be neighbors and you could share all of your delicious treats with me. :)

    I’ve got a can of dulce de leche in the pantry that I’ve been waiting to use. I think this is just the recipe to use it in. :)
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  6. any recipe that calls for scoopfuls of dulce de leche being used is a winner in my book. That picture is just lovely.
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  7. I keep seeing dulce de leche everything everywhere, but I don’t know what this stuff is! I’ve got to find out, because I can’t pass off making these bars :)
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  8. I know I would love these! So sweet of you to make them for your Papi :)
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  9. I want this delicious bars!! Love dulce de leche every-time ;)
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  10. I just made something very similar! I would love to try this recipe and compare.
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  11. there’s nothing on this earth involving dulce de leche that i won’t scarf down like there’s no tomorrow. :)
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  12. Haha your dad sounds like my kind of guy! At least, we have very similar taste in baked goods. :P These sound amazing!
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  13. Did I miss something? The recipe calls for dulce de leche in the ingredient list but then talks about layering guava in the instructions! No dulce de leche? Where does the guava come in? I think you mixed up the two recipes with ingredient list for one and instructions for the other ;^)

    • Hi Sandy! Thank you so much for pointing this out. I went in and edited the recipe, this is why I should never blog at 3am, before a trip out of town, LOL! Thanks for stopping by!

  14. I love dulce le leche in anything! Can’t wait to try these.
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  15. I’m crazy about these bars, such a wonderful treat to share for any and all celebrations;-)

  16. I’ve been seeing a lot of dulce de leche. These bars look tasty with it!
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  17. How wonderful to have your dad there!! And how sweet life is with these!
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  18. A wonderful treat! That combo is awesome.



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