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Caramel Peanut Bars Recipe
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Caramel Peanut Bars Recipe

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With goodies like chocolate, peanuts and caramel peeking out from between golden oat and crumb layers, these bars are very popular. They taste like candy bars but with irresistible homemade goodness. -Ardyce Piehl, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings

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 (9 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup chopped peanuts

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 197 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 113 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

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 13-in. x 9-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. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Caramel Peanut Bars in Taste of Home June/July 1998, p33

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 197 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 113 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

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Reviewed Mar. 7, 2014

What a good bar recipe! I didn't have a few ingredients so I had to substitute, nothing that really changed the taste of the recipe though. Instead of chocolate chips I used mini M&Ms and I replaced melting the caramels with whipped cream by using a homemade caramel sauce.

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Reviewed May. 22, 2013

These bars are very attractive and taste amazing. They also hold up very well- I mailed a batch to my brother and they didn't crumble to bits. I really like the oatmeal crust and topping- it keeps the bars from being too sweet.

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Reviewed Sep. 1, 2011

These bars are delish!!! They taste just like a candy bar. I have been making them for years and they are always a hit.

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