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Caramel Peanut Bars

Rich chocolate, crunchy peanuts and gooey caramel peek out from between golden oat and crumb layers. Delicious!—Ardyce Piehl, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 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 semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup chopped peanuts


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 197 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 113mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • Pam
    Dec 20, 2019

    omg these are sweet... toooooo sweet, and messy .. I assumed the crumbled top batter would settle into the caramel but it didn't so its just a crumbly mess. I won't eat these, so gotta find someone to give them too .. that likes sugar buzzes

  • LBurkey
    Jul 23, 2019

    These are very good and easy to make. Makes a lot of bars and you can cut them in sizes appropriate for your crowd. Will keep this recipe for sure

  • Venky
    Jul 20, 2018


  • Sarah
    Mar 6, 2018

    I have a variation of this recipe that uses chopped walnuts instead of peanuts. I usually make them at Christmas to share with friends and family. They are always liked!

  • lpugh9
    May 21, 2016

    Very good snack treat.

  • Queenlalisa
    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
    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
    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
    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.