Caramel Peanut Butter Bars

So, this is basically chocolate peanut butter candy.  These peanut butter bars have a little bit of everything in them!

Caramel. Peanut butter. Nuts. Sugar cookies. Butter. Reese’s cups. Fudgy, chocolate frosting.

Yes. All of those things are in this dessert. You’ll probably want to head straight to the kitchen as soon as you print this recipe off. These things are delicious. How could they not be with that list of ingredients up there?

Chocolate peanut butter bar candy in the shape of brownie, it’s perfect!!!

They’re very much like a candy bar and I don’t know about you, but candy bars are my thing.

Especially Reese’s.

And okay, 5th Avenue bars are pretty amazing, too.

Oh, and Whatchamacallits.

And, of course, Take Five bars. Don’t forget those.

Chocolate peanut butter bars candy on a napkin

Snickers bars are pretty darn good, too.

About 3 minutes after giving birth to my daughter I instructed my husband to find the nearest vending machine and return with Snickers. He was on vending machine duty the rest of the hospital stay. He was pretty busy, too.

I’m not sure how many Snickers bars I ate during the course of my daughter’s first few days of life, but I’m going to guess it was a lot.

Anyway, these aren’t Snickers or any of those other candy bars up there, but they’re amazing anyway.

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Caramel Peanut Butter Bars

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Servings: 36 small bars
Calories: 160 kcal

Ingredients

Cookie Base:
  • 1 pouch Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie mix
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 egg
  • 15 mini Reese's cups chopped
Caramel Filling:
  • 36 caramels unwrapped
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup peanuts
Topping:
  • 16 ounces chocolate frosting

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13x9 baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer (or a large bowl if you're mixing by hand), beat together the sugar mix, butter, and egg. Stir in the Reese's cups. Press dough into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a cooling rack.
  3. Meanwhile, in a 2 quart saucepan heat the condensed milk and caramels until the caramels have melted, stirring constantly. Stir in the peanut butter and bring mixture to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in the peanuts. Spread the warm filling on the top of the warm cookie base. Cool completely, about 2 hours.
  4. Spread frosting evenly over the caramel layer. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts if desired. Refrigerate for about 2 hours or until chilled. Cut into small bars, 9 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in the refrigerator. Allow to set at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving if you like the caramel layer to be soft.
Nutrition Facts
Caramel Peanut Butter Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 160 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 83mg4%
Potassium 133mg4%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on bunsinmyoven.com should only be used as a general guideline.

adapted from Betty Crocker

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