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Peanutty Caramel Bars Recipe

Peanutty Caramel Bars Recipe

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 YIELD:36 servings


  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter, divided
  • 4 cups Cheerios
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips or 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Recipe Note

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.

Nutritional 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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parisgirl0812 User ID: 5274426 89833
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1042559 91034
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1351863 91032
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2009

"These are Delicious!!!"

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