Dulce de Leche or Arequipe Bars

by Erica Dinho on April 2, 2010

Arequipe Bars

I love to have easy and simple dessert recipes handy for those dessert cravings or surprise visits! These bars require little time and are easy. Great for bad bakers like me ;-)

So, if you like dulce de leche or arequipe, you will not be disappointed. These Dulce de leche bars are a delicious treat for Easter Sunday.

Buen Provecho and Happy Easter everyone!



  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup buter,very cold cut into small pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups arequipe or dulce de leche


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Mix together all ingredients except arequipe or dulce de leche. Place one half of the crumb mixture into a buttered small rectangular baking pan. Press and flatten.

Spread with dulce de leche or arequipe. Top with the remaining of mixture and pat lightly.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until light brown.

Cool slightly and cut into bars while still in the pan. Gently remove cut bars from pan.

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tangled Noodle April 2, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Your arequipe recipes are driving me wild with craving! These bars would be such a nice treat in the afternoon when I need something to help pick up my energy.

Happy Easter!


2 Barbara April 2, 2010 at 8:46 AM

All you need to say to me, Erica, is dulce de leche and you have my complete attention! These look crunchy on the outside and chewy inside. Heavenly!

Happy Easter, my friend, to you and your family!


3 Baking is my Zen April 2, 2010 at 8:52 AM

I like challenging recipes…but..sometimes…I want easy…this is it! Wonderful!


4 Lyndsey April 2, 2010 at 9:06 AM

I agree with Barbara, you had me at dulce de leche! Plus it’s perfect for me, the bad baker! I am definitley making these! Thanks!


5 Erica April 2, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Thank you guys and have a great weekend :)


6 Sarah Naveen April 2, 2010 at 12:13 PM

New recipe for me..looks so delicious..
Happy Easter to you and your Family dear..


7 Michael April 2, 2010 at 12:56 PM

This sounds delicious and easy.
One question…..Where do I get Dulce de Leche? I don’t think I’ve ever seen it in the grocery store.


8 Sophie April 2, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Hola, Erica!!

Este postre me gusta mucho!! Me encanta!

Buen Pascua por tú & tu familia!


9 Crepes of Wrath April 2, 2010 at 2:31 PM

nom nom nom these look fabulous


10 grace April 2, 2010 at 3:09 PM

dulce de leche and ample butter–that combination pretty much ensures that these would be heaven on a plate!


11 tasteofbeirut April 2, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Erica, you are right on girl! Perfect for last minute baking, and for Easter! Thanks!


12 Erica April 2, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Thank you!


13 Gloria April 2, 2010 at 7:23 PM

I have to make these bars Erica! Look absolutely delicious and yummy, kids will love and me too! je,je, have a nice and lovely Easter gloria


14 Memoria April 2, 2010 at 10:29 PM

¡Esta receta se ve bien sencilla pero muy deliciosa! Gracias por compartir la receta con nosotros. Buena pascua :)


15 Oysterculture April 3, 2010 at 12:08 AM

These look perfect and simple to make, perfect for a pick-me-up with a cup of tea.


16 shaz April 3, 2010 at 6:38 AM

That does sound easy, and oh so tasty. Happy Easter to you Erica :)


17 pierre April 3, 2010 at 9:06 AM

hi erica
I have discovered recently the dulce de leche so this bars should hit me !! Pierre de Paris !


18 norma April 3, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Your killing me Erica….just love sweets…especially the one you just made….

Happy Easter!


19 Pocky April 3, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Wow. This looks like a decadent chewy granola bar on steroids. :) I love that you used dulce de leche. Very nice!!


20 Erica April 4, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Thank you everyone!


21 Joanne April 4, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Happy Easter to you too chica! Dulce de leche is one of my favorite dessert syrups/toppings. These look mouth-watering. If I made these, they would not stick around the apartment very long!


22 Faith April 4, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Oats and dulce de leche sound like a fantastic combination! These bars look delicious!


23 Lori Lynn April 4, 2010 at 12:32 PM

They sound delicious (and easy, that’s the way I like to bake)!

Wishing you a Very Happy Easter, Erica!


24 Ivy April 5, 2010 at 2:32 AM

Hope you had a wonderful Easter. My children love dulce de leche so I shall definitely make this recipe for them.


25 Kimberly April 5, 2010 at 12:17 PM

These were so easy (except for spreading around the arequipe – it got a little messy)! Turned out delicious. Thank you. A sweet treat.


26 Kim April 5, 2010 at 9:23 PM

These sound quick and delicious!


27 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction April 6, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Yum… These look incredible!


28 Erica April 9, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Thank you all for visiting my site :)


29 Sara April 12, 2010 at 10:03 AM

I made these for Easter and my kids loved them. They are delicious and easy to make.

I made your arequipe recipe, too.


30 Isabel October 7, 2010 at 5:52 PM

I am a medical student so I do not have much time to cook, bake, and furthermore eat at all times. I just made these and they are so yummi!! and perfect to carry in my school bag.
you should consider registering this recipe and seek a brand to manufacture these as one of their product. these are really good!! and relatively healthy.


31 Becca August 25, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Erica, these look amazing! Quick question – what size baking pan do you use? 9X13? 8X8? Thanks!


32 Erica August 26, 2012 at 9:04 AM



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