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Apricot Macadamia Caramel Bars

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

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

Ingredients

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

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LOCATION

Directions

  • 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

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.

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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.

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