Over the years, Louis Lambert has fed a lot of politicians (President Clinton, every living Texas governor and both Bush presidents). He first made these decadent carmelitas for Lady Bird Johnson, who was hosting a fund-raiser for the Wildflower Center at a ranch outside Johnson City. Laced with chocolate chips, pecans and dulce de leche, these bar cookies have become one of his most popular recipes. More Cookie Recipes
Once cooled, the carmelitas can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 1 month.
Dulce de leche, the Latin caramel sauce, is available at most supermarkets and specialty food shops.