Apricot Macadamia Caramel Bars

Cookie crust topped with caramels, nuts and apricots for wonderful baked bars. A dessert drizzled with chocolate.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 25

Shortbread Cookie Crust

3/4
cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4
cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/2
teaspoon salt

Topping

24
vanilla caramels, unwrapped
1/4
cup whipping cream
1
package (7 oz) dried apricots, chopped, about 1 1/3 cups
1
jar (6 oz) macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped, about 1 1/3 cups

Drizzle

1/4
cup semisweet chocolate chips
1
teaspoon vegetable oil

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, beat butter and brown sugar until creamy. Add flour and salt; mix until soft dough forms. With floured hands, press dough in bottom of ungreased 9-inch square pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until center is set.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, heat caramels and whipping cream over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until caramels are melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat; stir in apricots and macadamia nuts. Spoon mixture evenly over crust; spread carefully.
  • 3 In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and oil uncovered on High 30 to 45 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds, until melted and smooth. Drizzle over bars.
  • 4 Refrigerate 1 hour or until set. Cut into 5 rows by 5 rows.

Expert Tips

To keep apricots from sticking to knife during chopping, dip blade in hot water.

Cashews or pecans can be substituted for the macadamia nuts.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
210
(
Calories from Fat
120),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
13g
13%
(Saturated Fat
5g,
5%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
105mg
105%;
Total Carbohydrate
20g
20%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
9g
9%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.