Apricot Macadamia Caramel Bars

Apricot Macadamia Caramel Bars

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

Prep Time

30

Minutes

Total Time

1:30

Hr:Mins

Makes

25

bars

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.
Makes 25 bars
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
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:

1 Serving (1 Bar)
  • Calories 210
    • (Calories from Fat 120),
  • Total Fat 13g
    • (Saturated Fat 5g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 15mg;
  • Sodium 105mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 20g
    • (Dietary Fiber 1g,
    • Sugars 9g),
  • Protein 2g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    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.