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Caramel Peanut Bars

 Caramel Peanut Bars
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
36 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1-1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 197 calories,

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Nutritional Facts: 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 113 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.