Peanut Butter Caramel Bars

Peanut Butter Caramel Bars

This bar recipe has an odd assortment of ingredients and I wasn’t sure how they would work together.  But I never pass up an interesting recipe so I decided to give it a try.  You know it’s a winner since I’m sharing it with you.  Yum!

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Ingredients:

Base:

  • 1 package (18-1/4 ounce) yellow cake mix
  • ½ cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 20 miniature peanut butter cups, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 jar (12-1/4 ounces) caramel ice cream topping
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup salted peanuts

Topping:

  • 1 can (16 ounces) milk chocolate frosting
  • ½ cup chopped salted peanuts

Directions:

In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, butter and egg; beat until no longer crumbly, about 3 minutes.  Stir in the peanut butter cups.  Press into a greased 13x9x2 baking dish.  Bake at 350 for 18-22 minutes or until lightly browned.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine cornstarch, caramel topping and peanut butter until smooth.  Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a boil, about 25 minutes (yes, it’s really approximately 25 minutes).  Cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes longer.  Remove from heat; stir in peanuts.  Spread evenly over warm crust.  Bake 6-7 minutes longer or until almost set.  Cool completely on a wire rack.

Spread with frosting; sprinkle with peanuts.  Refrigerate at least 1 hour before cutting.  Store in the refrigerator.  Yield:  about 3 dozen.

NOTE:

If you don’t want to take the time to unwrap and chop the peanut butter cups, you could probably substitute 3 ounces of peanut butter chips and 3 ounces of milk chocolate chips.  I didn’t do that this time but I probably will next time.  I hate unwrapping candy!

From Taste of Home’s Cookies & Bars 2003

Comments

  1. These are so good. I had them on Saturday. :)
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