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Caramel-Nut Candy Bars Recipe

Caramel-Nut Candy Bars Recipe

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!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling YIELD:78 servings

Ingredients

  • 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 chopped pecans

Directions

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Spread half of the mixture into prepared pan. Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until firm. Set remaining chocolate mixture aside.
  • 3. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the caramels, water and remaining butter; stir until smooth. Stir in pecans. Spread over chocolate layer.
  • 4. Heat reserved chocolate mixture if necessary to achieve spreading consistency; spread over caramel layer. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
  • 5. 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. Yield: 2-1/4 pounds.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.