Caramel Peanut Bars Recipe
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Caramel Peanut Bars Recipe

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Rich chocolate, crunchy peanuts and gooey caramel peeks out from between golden oat and crumb layers. Delicious!—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


  • 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 each: 197 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 113mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a bowl, combine the first five ingredients; stir in butter. Set aside 1 cup for topping. Press remaining mixture into a greased 13x9-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

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lpugh9 User ID: 5334512 248463
Reviewed May. 21, 2016

"Very good snack treat."

Queenlalisa User ID: 15400 244198
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2016

"Everyone loved these. The creamy caramel was so good. I am going to make these for a family party. I can see a riot breaking out over them. Lol"

tammycookblogsbooks User ID: 7112115 51599
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."

Brenda MH User ID: 4949513 23492
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."

Neonlee23 User ID: 3863386 23848
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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