Peanutty Caramel Bars

From Taste of Home
Photo by Carol W.

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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. Yield: about 3 dozen. 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.

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