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Peanut Butter Caramel Bars

 Peanut Butter Caramel Bars
When my husband, Bob, and our three sons sit down to dinner, they ask, "What's for dessert?" I have a happy group of guys when I report that these rich bars are on the menu. They're chockfull of yummy ingredients. -Lee Ann Karnowski, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
36 ServingsPrep: 50 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 20 miniature peanut butter cups, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 jar (12-1/4 ounces) caramel ice cream topping
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup salted peanuts
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 can (16 ounces) milk chocolate frosting
  • 1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, butter and egg; beat on low
  • speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes or until no
  • longer crumbly. Stir in peanut butter cups.
  • Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for
  • 18-22 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the cornstarch, caramel
  • topping and peanut butter; stir until smooth. Cook over low heat for
  • 25-27 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil; stirring
  • occasionally. Remove from the heat; stir in peanuts.
  • Spread evenly over warm crust. Bake 6-7 minutes longer or until
  • almost set. Cool completely on a wire rack. Spread with frosting;

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Peanut Butter Caramel Bars (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • sprinkle with peanuts. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour
  • before cutting. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 215 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 218 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.