Chocolate Caramel Peanut Bars

by | Jul 5, 2013 | All, Desserts

Chocolate Caramel Peanut Bars

Hold on, friends, I have a dessert for you that is seriously, ridiculously amazing. I teased you with it a couple of weeks ago when I hosted my book club and shared this Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus recipe. For dessert, we enjoyed these Chocolate Caramel Peanut Bars and they are out-of-this-world fabulous! I mean, how can they not be? They have chocolate, peanuts, peanut butter, AND Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. Best. Combination. Ever. Anna’s daughter has a peanut allergy, so she pleaded with me to make this recipe because it’s contraband in her house. Oh, well, twist my arm. I took one for the team and made them for her because that’s what good friends do, right? She was so grateful to get her peanut fix, but it was hardly a sacrifice for me as there is no combination I love more than chocolate and peanut butter. Maybe I should be thanking you, Anna? 😉

It was a good thing I made these Chocolate Caramel Peanut Bars for book club because the recipe makes a large quantity – perfect for sharing with friends. I ended up sending everyone home with treats for their families. Otherwise I could (and would) sit down and do some serious damage to these. If you can believe it, they taste even better than they look. Layers of Club crackers, gooey caramel, crunchy peanuts, a rich chocolate peanut butter topping, all crowned with a sprinkling of sea salt – crazy addictive goodness. My recommendation? Make half of the recipe or share the full pan with friends. Your jeans will love you for it later.

Chocolate Caramel Peanut Bars

Yield: 32

Chocolate Caramel Peanut Bars

Chocolate Caramel Peanut Bars

These chocolate caramel peanut bars are LOVED by everyone who has been lucky enough to have one!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Club Crackers
  • 3/4 cup butter (11/2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups finely crushed graham crackers
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, divided
  • 2 cups chocolate-covered peanut butter cups, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups dry roasted peanuts
  • 11/2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup butterscotch-flavored chips
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with nonstick foil, extending foil over the edges of the pan. Line the bottom of the pan with crackers.
  1. Combine butter, honey, brown sugar, and cream in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Once mixture boils, add graham cracker crumbs, reduce heat to a simmer and continue to cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon of the sea salt.
  1. Pour half of the caramel mixture over the crackers in the prepared pan, spreading to cover. Sprinkle with peanuts and chopped peanut butter cups. Pour rest of caramel over top. Place another layer of crackers on top, pressing down lightly to secure.
  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine dark chocolate and butterscotch chips. Microwave until melted, stirring occasionally. Stir in peanut butter until smooth. Spread chocolate mixture over top layer and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon sea salt.
  1. Chill bars for 2 hours or until completely firm. Using the edges of the foil, lift the bars out of the pan and cut into squares. Refrigerate until serving.

Notes

barely adapted from Midwest Living

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

32

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 442Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 236mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 4gSugar: 34gProtein: 6g

You can't go wrong with these layers! These Chocolate Caramel Peanut Bars will be a hit every time you serve them!

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24 Comments

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      The buttery, crispy crackers are fabulous! Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your weekend 🙂

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    Wow – this looks incredible. I love each and every one of those ingredients!

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      Hi Jenn, thanks for stopping by. I love every ingredient too and really is just so delicious! Enjoy!

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    YES! YES! YES!

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    What are Club Crackers?

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      They are a brand of buttery crackers, similar to Ritz. They are in a green box. 🙂

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    These look FANTASTIC!! Pinned!

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      Thanks, Laura- dangerously delicious!

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    It was fun to see the look of people’s faces when they bit into these bars for the first time. First words were usually “OMG”. Everyone was in food Nirvana. This recipe made me look like a hero and I am sure I will get plenty requests in the future.

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    I’m not a big fan of club crackers…could I sub graham crackers? Would love to make for my girlfriends:)

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      Hi Debora-
      I have never made it with graham crackers, so I can’t say for sure, but I would think it would work. Let me know if you try it how it turns out! Good luck!

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    DO you think they might be made as a cupcakes? How would you reconstruct the recipe ?

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      I’m not sure how to reconstruct the recipe for that. I think they are a lot easier to make as a in a 13 x 9 pan as a bar and cut up, instead of filling individual cupcake tins. If you decide to make them that way please let me know how they turn out!

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    Oh heavens. I think I could eat the entire pan of these. Club crackers?! Sign.me.up for that book club!!

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      It’s easy to overindulge on these, not that I ever have. Ahem, speaking for “a friend” of course! 🙂

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    It sure would be fun to bring something like this to our family Independence Day dinner! It looks amazing!

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      Easy to make too! 🙂 Your family will love them!

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    I’m not sure I would be able to concentrate on any books if those bad boys were around!! Holy cow! I have got to have these!

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      It was hard, believe me! 🙂

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    Thank you so much for submitting this (a while back) to YG – we hope you will continue to submit as we, the new co-owners, redesign and refurbish the entire site – it will soon be so much easier to use and search! Tomorrow is National Chocolate Covered Peanut day so tonight and tomorrow we are sharing this an other recipes on our FB page – Just letting you know and thanking you again for submitting! Kelli and Holli

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    Your peanut bars are beautiful. It looks like a candy bar but better. Perfect with the nice glass of ice cold milk.

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    Just stumbled across your post – these are my winning bars from the Midwest Living Contest … glad you like them as much as I do ?

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