Chocolate and Caramel Peanut Cookie Bars

Bloggers Adam and Joanne Gallagher from Inspired Taste make chocolate cookie bars with a layer of peanuts and caramel.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 25 min
  • Servings 24

1
pouch Betty Crocker™ double chocolate chunk cookie mix
1/4
cup vegetable oil
2
tablespoons water
1
egg
36
caramels (from 14-oz bag), unwrapped
1
can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
1/4
cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/2
cups peanuts

  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F (350°F for dark or nonstick pans).
  • 2 In medium bowl, stir together cookie mix, oil, water and egg until soft dough forms. Press dough in bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish.
  • 3 Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
  • 4 Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, melt caramels with sweetened condensed milk over medium-low heat, stirring frequently to make sure bottom does not burn. Add peanut butter; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in 1 cup of the peanuts.
  • 5 Pour caramel mixture over baked crust. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup peanuts evenly over top. Cool 2 hours. Cut into 6 rows by 4 rows.

Expert Tips

Try using a different cookie mix. Oatmeal or sugar cookie mix would work well.

Drizzle cookie bars with melted milk or dark chocolate.