Caramel-Nut Candy Bars
As a busy mother of six, I welcome any Christmas recipe that's quick, easy and family pleasing. These Snickers-like bars fit that description perfectly!
78 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling
- 1-1/2 teaspoons plus 1/4 cup butter, softened, divided
- 2 packages (11-1/2 ounces each) milk chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
- 5 teaspoons water
- 1 cup Diamond of California Chopped Pecans
- Line a 13-in. x 9-in. pan with foil and grease the foil with 1-1/2
- teaspoons butter; set aside. In a microwave, melt milk chocolate
- chips and shortening at 70% power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at
- additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth.
- Spread half of the mixture into prepared pan. Refrigerate for 15
- minutes or until firm. Set remaining chocolate mixture aside.
- In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the caramels, water and
- remaining butter; stir until smooth. Stir in pecans. Spread over
- chocolate layer.
- Heat reserved chocolate mixture if necessary to achieve spreading
- consistency; spread over caramel layer. Cover and refrigerate for 1
- hour or until firm.
- Using foil, lift candy out of pan. Gently peel off foil; cut candy
- into 1-1/2-in. x 1-in. bars. Store in the refrigerator.