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Gooey Butterscotch Bars

 Gooey Butterscotch Bars
The name says it all for these bars. With caramels, butterscotch chips and pudding, they're ooey, gooey and finger-lickin' good! Sugar cookie mix speeds up prep time during the busy holidays, and the easy recipe makes a big batch! —Carol Brewer, Fairborn, Ohio
40 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (17-1/2 ounces) sugar cookie mix
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 14 ounces caramels
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 cups mixed nuts
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the sugar cookie mix, pudding mix, butter
  • and egg. Press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at
  • 350° for 20-25 minutes or until set.
  • In a large saucepan, combine caramels and milk. Cook and stir over
  • medium-low heat until melted. Remove from the heat. Stir in nuts and
  • vanilla. Pour over crust. Sprinkle with butterscotch chips.
  • Cool completely. Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container.
  • Yield: about 3 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 bar equals 199 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 161 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.