Peanut Butter Caramel Bars
Total TimePrep: 50 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling
Makesabout 3 dozen
- 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 large 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
- 1 can (16 ounces) milk chocolate frosting
- 1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts
- 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; sprinkle with peanuts. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cutting. Store in the refrigerator.
Editor's NoteReduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.
Nutrition Facts1 each: 215 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 218mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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Apr 13, 2015
These were fine but have other bar recipes we like better so probably won't make these again. I baked as directed but thought crust was a little to hard and being refrigerated made them even harder. Not even sure why they need to be refrigerated.
Mar 25, 2015
Delicious! Make sure you have a glass of milk handy!!
Mar 16, 2015
Excellent! But with these ingredients, was there ever any doubt?
Feb 23, 2015
Looks and tastes yummy. WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU DIFFERENT SIZES TO PRINT RECIPES????
Feb 9, 2015
This recipe is nearly identical to one I submitted to the Pillsbury Bake-Off in 1993! Leave out the cornstarch, & only cook the caramels & peanut butter until the caramels are melted. I added 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips to the canned frosting & warmed it over low heat until the chips melted. Gave it additional chocolate flavor! The peanuts are a nice addition! These bars are addictive!
Feb 9, 2015
Recipe sounds wonderful but wondering if directions are correct--cook caramel and pb for 25 -27 minutes? Sounds a bit long . . .
Dec 18, 2012
Have made this several times. Have a cup of coffee ready, it is very rich.
Feb 8, 2012
There are SO good. Gooey and rich and definitely taste homemade. My only suggestion would be to chop the peanuts that go on top for a better presentation and nicer texture.
Feb 28, 2010
These are delicious! The chocolate frosting gives them an interesting and unique flavor. They are best right out of the fridge!
Sep 13, 2009
This is a fun recipe. I recommend getting all your ingredients together before getting started. The saucepan mixture came together quickly for me. These bars are extraordinary. They disappear fast and freeze well too! Thank you Lee Ann