Double-Chocolate and Caramel Bars (Cookie Exchange Quantity)

Indulge in rich bars that combine favorite caramel and chocolate flavors.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 5 min
  • Servings 72

Ingredients

Bars

3
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
3/4
cup packed brown sugar
2/3
cup baking cocoa
1
egg, beaten
1 1/2
cups firm butter or margarine
1 1/2
cups chopped walnuts
1
bag (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)
48
caramels
2
cans (14 oz each) sweetened condensed milk

Chocolate Glaze

1
bag (6 oz) semisweet chocolate chips (1 cup)
1
teaspoon shortening or vegetable oil
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Line 15x10x1-inch pan with foil, leaving about 2 inches of foil hanging over sides of pan.
  • 2 In large bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, cocoa and egg. Cut in 1 1/4 cups of the butter, using pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through ingredients in opposite directions), until crumbly. Stir in walnuts; reserve 3 cups of the crumb mixture. Press remaining mixture firmly in bottom of pan; sprinkle with 2 cups chocolate chips. Bake 15 minutes.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in heavy 2-quart saucepan, melt caramels with sweetened condensed milk and remaining 1/4 cup butter over low heat, stirring constantly. Pour over crust. Top with reserved crumb mixture. Bake about 20 minutes longer or until bubbly. Cool completely, about 2 hours.
  • 4 In small microwavable bowl, microwave 1 cup chocolate chips and the shortening uncovered on High 1 to 3 minutes, stirring halfway through heating time, until melted and thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle over bars. For bars, cut into 12 rows by 6 rows.

Expert Tips

Place bars in decorative mini muffin cups. It makes serving a snap.

Instead of walnuts, use pecans for a “turtle” flavor combo bar.

Bars can also be baked in a 17x11x3/4-inch pan; decrease first bake time to 13 minutes and second bake time to about 18 minutes or until bubbly.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
180
(
Calories from Fat
80),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
4 1/2g,
4 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
60mg
60%;
Total Carbohydrate
23g
23%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
15g
15%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
4%;
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 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.