Caramel-Peanut Butter Bars

Caramel-Peanut Butter Bars

This one is for all the candy bar lovers out there. Now you can skip the wrappers and make your own.

Prep Time

50

Minutes

Total Time

4:50

Hrs:Mins

Makes

36

bars

Cookie Base
1
pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
1/2
cup butter or margarine, softened
1
egg
15
miniature chocolate-covered peanut butter cup candies, coarsely chopped
Filling
36
caramels (from 14-oz bag), unwrapped
1
can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
1/4
cup creamy peanut butter
1/2
cup peanuts
Topping
1
container (1 lb) Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy milk chocolate frosting
1/2
cup peanuts, chopped
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, butter and egg until soft dough forms. Stir in candies. Press dough in bottom of pan. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown.
  2. Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, heat caramels and milk over medium heat, stirring constantly, until caramels are melted. Stir in peanut butter. Heat to boiling. Cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in 1/2 cup peanuts. Spread over warm cookie base. Cool completely, about 2 hours.
  3. Spread frosting evenly over filling. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts. Refrigerate about 2 hours or until chilled. For bars, cut 9 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.
Makes 36 bars
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Success
Skip the cooking spray, and instead line the pan with quick-release foil for easy cleanup and removal of bars from the pan.
Special Touch
Cut bars in half again to make bite-size squares for a dessert buffet.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Bar)
  • Calories 260
    • (Calories from Fat 100),
  • Total Fat 11g
    • (Saturated Fat 4g,
    • Trans Fat 1 1/2g),
  • Cholesterol 15mg;
  • Sodium 160mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 35g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 25g),
  • Protein 4g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 1 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 1 1/2 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 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.