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Caramel Butter-Pecan Bars for a Crowd

These melt-in-your-mouth bars from Mary Jean Hlavac in McFarland, Wisconsin are simply to die for. They go together in 10 minutes, and even though the chocolate layer takes time to harden (think make-ahead convenience), these treats are definitely worth the wait.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) caramel ice cream topping, warmed
  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine flour and brown sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Top with pecans. Drizzle caramel topping evenly over pecans.
  • Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until caramel is bubbly. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Let stand for 5 minutes. Carefully spread chips over caramel layer. Cool at room temperature for at least 6 hours or until chocolate is set. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 140 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 61mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • katlaydee3
    Oct 6, 2014

    Delicious! I made these for a potluck at work and everyone loved them.

  • grannielinda
    Jun 22, 2014

    my family loves these and ask me to make for all special occasions

  • jblatter
    Dec 3, 2013

    Could cashews or almonds be used in place of pecans?

  • mondak66
    Apr 20, 2013

    This recipe is wonderful! So good and so quick and easy. Certainly a favorite of the family...never any left. They freeze well too.

  • ColleenaG
    Oct 29, 2012

    My family loved these bars...soooo rich and good. I thought they were a little expensive (pecans alone were $6) but I will make again.

  • bridgettevh
    Mar 21, 2011

    These are my husbands FAVORITE!!! He took some to work and his friends wanted the recipe. Hence the reason why I am online printing and rating this recipe. Thanks!!!

  • Amy the Midwife
    Dec 14, 2010

    Rich...Simple...SO Good!

  • jacquot5
    Oct 28, 2010

     The white spots have to do with the fat particles of the chocolate or the cocoa butter.  This is very common in chocolate products if the correct heating and cooling process (commonly referred to as the tempering process) is not done correctly.  The fat particles begin to surface and what you see are white spots on the top.  You must go through a heating and cooling process to eliminate the spots.  I am not sure of the exact temperatures that must be maintained but I am sure there is some information on the net that could help you out.Hope this helps. Scott 

  • imadartingranny
    Oct 16, 2009

    Very rich and so yummy! When baking does the caramel get bubbly all over or just on the sides? After 18 minutes I took them out and they have stuck tight to the pan. Any ideas?

  • mkschian
    Oct 13, 2009

    These melt in your mouth bars were delicious.