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Caramel Butter-Pecan Bars for a Crowd

 Caramel Butter-Pecan Bars for a Crowd
These melt-in-your-mouth bars from Mary Jean Hlavac in McFarland, Wisconsin are simply to die for. They go together in 10 minutes, and even though the chocolate layer takes time to harden (think make-ahead convenience), these treats are definitely worth the wait.
48 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) caramel ice cream topping, warmed
  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine flour and brown sugar; cut in butter until
  • crumbly. Press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Top
  • with pecans. Drizzle caramel topping evenly over pecans.
  • Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until caramel is bubbly. Place
  • on a wire rack. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Let stand for 5
  • minutes. Carefully spread chips over caramel layer. Cool at room
  • temperature for at least 6 hours or until chocolate is set. Cut into
  • bars. Yield: 4 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 140 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 61 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.