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Caramel Peanut Bars

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling

Makes

3 dozen

Rich chocolate, crunchy peanuts and gooey caramel peek out from between golden oat and crumb layers. Delicious!—Ardyce Piehl, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Caramel Peanut Bars Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup chopped peanuts

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine the first five ingredients; stir in butter. Set aside 1 cup for topping. Press remaining mixture into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  2. In a heavy saucepan or microwave, melt caramels with cream, stirring often. Sprinkle chocolate chips and peanuts over the crust; top with caramel mixture. Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts

1 bar: 197 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 113mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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