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Peanut Butter Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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Peanut Butter Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 4 hr 45 min
  • Servings 40
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I think we can all agree one of the sweetest parts of the holiday season is baking! Whether you're making Peanut Butter Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars for your family as a sweet gift, or as a treat to help fuel Santa, there's no shortage of reasons to fire up the oven this time of year. These mouthwatering chocolate caramel peanut butter bars are sure to add a little jazz to your cookie tray. With only six simple steps, this recipe is perfect for little helpers and fun for the whole family. We're warning you now, with an ingredient list this delicious, it's impossible not to snack on caramels or chocolate chips while whipping up these chocolate caramel peanut butter bars.
Updated Sep 9, 2021

Ingredients

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Line 13x9-inch pan with foil, leaving foil overhanging at 2 opposite sides of pan; spray with cooking spray. Make peanut butter cookie dough as directed on pouch. Press dough evenly in bottom of pan.
  • 2
    Make chocolate chip cookie dough as directed on pouch. Drop dough by spoonfuls over peanut butter cookie dough. Using metal spatula, evenly spread dough to cover peanut butter cookie dough layer.
  • 3
    Bake 25 to 28 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and edges are set. Remove from oven to cooling rack. Cool 5 minutes.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, heat caramels and whipping cream over medium heat, stirring constantly, 5 to 10 minutes or until caramels are melted. Remove from heat. Spread over warm cookie base. Bake about 5 minutes or until caramel is set in center. Return to cooling rack.
  • 5
    Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over top. Let stand 5 minutes; spread melted chips evenly over top. Refrigerate bars until chocolate is firm, about 3 hours.
  • 6
    Let bars stand 30 minutes before cutting. Remove bars from pan by lifting foil; peel foil away. Cut into 8 rows by 5 rows. Store loosely covered in refrigerator.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    To easily line bottom of pan, tip upside down, and form foil around bottom and sides. Flip pan over, and place foil insert inside pan for a perfect fit!
  • tip 2
    To soften butter, cut in small pieces, and leave at room temperature. A faster method is to microwave butter in 5-second intervals, turning butter frequently, so butter is softened but not melted.
  • tip 3
    Get your kids involved in making these chocolate caramel peanut butter bars by letting them unwrap the caramels. Just make sure the caramels don’t disappear!

Nutrition

220 Calories, 10g Total Fat, 2g Protein, 31g Total Carbohydrate, 22g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
220
Calories from Fat
90
Total Fat
10g
15%
Saturated Fat
5g
24%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
20mg
6%
Sodium
160mg
7%
Potassium
55mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate
31g
10%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
22g
Protein
2g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%
2%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
6%
6%
Exchanges:
1 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
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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