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Peanutty Caramel Bars

Made in the microwave, these sweet and chewy bars can be stirred by very quickly. Loaded with caramel, chocolate, peanuts and peanut butter, they remind some folks of a candy bar. Kids of all ages love them. —Charlene Bennett Clearville, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter, divided
  • 4 cups Cheerios
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened


  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, microwave caramels, water and 1/2 cup peanut butter on high for 45 seconds; stir. Microwave 1 to 1-1/2 minutes longer or until melted. Add cereal and peanuts; toss to coat. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. pan; set aside.
  • In another microwave-safe bowl, melt chips, butter and remaining peanut butter on high for 20-50 seconds; stir until smooth. Spread over cereal mixture. Refrigerate before cutting.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with an 1100-watt microwave. Reduced-fat or generic brands of peanut butter are not recommended for this recipe.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested with an 850-watt microwave.
Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 154 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 126mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • mrscessna
    Oct 27, 2019

    These will satisfy any sweet tooth!

  • parisgirl0812
    Sep 24, 2012

    I made these for my family and the kids really loved them, so I brought a batch to work and everyone wanted the recipe. I will absolutely make these again.

  • tstreich
    Sep 22, 2011

    We love these bars. My husband couldn't stop eating them. Good thing I only made a half batch in a 9x9 for the first try! Nothing I would change except I use light margarine instead of butter.

  • Little Country Cook
    Oct 12, 2009

    These are Delicious!!!