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Peanut Butter Cookie Candy Bars

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Peanut Butter Cookie Candy Bars
  • Prep 45 min
  • Total 2 hr 30 min
  • Servings 36
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Prize-Winning Recipe 2008! Love crunchy caramel-peanut butter candy bars? Try these indulgent cookies to satisfy cravings.
May 21, 2018

Ingredients

  • 1 pouch Betty Crocker™ peanut butter cookie mix
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 egg

  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons water
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
  • Dash salt
  • 3 1/2 cups icing sugar

  • 2 cups caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted dry-roasted peanuts
  • Topping
  • 1 bag (270 g) milk chocolate chips (2 cups)

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom only of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, stir cookie base ingredients until soft dough forms. Press dough in bottom of pan. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 2
    In large bowl, beat all filling ingredients except icing sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy and smooth. Gradually beat in icing sugar until well blended (filling will be thick). Press filling over cookie base. Refrigerate while preparing caramel layer.
  • 3
    In 2-quart saucepan, heat caramels and 2 tablespoons water over low heat, stirring constantly, until caramels are melted. Stir in peanuts. Spread evenly over filling. Refrigerate about 15 minutes or until caramel layer is firm.
  • 4
    In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips uncovered on High 1 to 2 minutes, stirring once, until melted. Spread evenly over caramel layer. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until chocolate is set. For bars, cut into 9 rows by 4 rows. Store covered at room temperature.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    Success Skip the cooking spray, and instead line the pan with quick-release foil for easy cleanup and removal of bars from the pan.

Nutrition Information

280 Calories, 12g Total Fat, 4g Protein, 39g Total Carbs, 29g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 36 bars
Calories
280
Total Fat
12g
Saturated Fat
3.5g
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
10mg
Sodium
125mg
Total Carbs
39g
Dietary Fiber
1g
Sugars
29g
Protein
4g
% Daily Value*:
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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