Caramel-Peanut Butter Bars
Source of Recipe
Honorable Mention - Contest Recipe 2008! Do you love candy bars? Try this cookie bar, and you'll have 3 dozen delightful indulgences that are like candy bars.
1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty CrockerŽ sugar cookie mix
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
15 miniature chocolate-covered peanut butter cup candies, coarsely chopped
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
1 container (1 lb) Betty CrockerŽ 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.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Add 2 tablespoons Gold MedalŽ all-purpose flour to dry cookie mix. Decrease butter to 1/3 cup.