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Double-Chocolate and Caramel Bars (Cookie Exchange Quantity)

Double-Chocolate and Caramel Bars (Cookie Exchange Quantity)
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 3 hr 5 min
  • Servings 72
Indulge in rich bars that combine favorite caramel and chocolate flavors.
Updated May 4, 2005
Make With
Make With
Gold Medal Flour

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

Steps

  • 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.

  • 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 Facts

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
180
Calories from Fat
80
Total Fat
9g
14%
Saturated Fat
4 1/2g
23%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
15mg
6%
Sodium
60mg
2%
Potassium
120mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate
23g
8%
Dietary Fiber
1g
4%
Sugars
15g
Protein
3g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
4%
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 Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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