Caramel Peanut Bars Recipe
Caramel Peanut Bars Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Next Recipe

Caramel Peanut Bars Recipe

Read Reviews
5 5 6
Publisher Photo
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


  • 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

Reviews for Caramel Peanut Bars

5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Please Log In or Join to add a rating and review.
Click stars to rate
Any changes to your rating or review will appear where you originally posted your review
Loading Image
Sort By :
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."

Loading Image