Monday, October 4, 2010

Super Easy Peanut Butter Carmel Bars

(The "shiny-ness" is because they have plastic wrap on top)

I had planned to share this recipe months ago, but I couldn't find what I did with the recipe!  Ever have one of those months?  LOL  Guess where I found it?  You're gonna love this...  In my recipe box where I put it for safe keeping!  Like, who would think to look there, right?!?    

Anyway, after that information you really didn't need, on with the bars.   (These are really good!) You start out with a box of yellow cake mix and "doctor it up" from there. 
Peanut Butter Caramel Bars
1 pkg 18 1/4 oz) yellow cake mix
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 egg
20 miniature peanut butter cups, chopped
2 TBSP cornstarch
1 jar (12 1/4 oz) caramel ice cream topping
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup salted peanuts

1 can (16 oz) milk chocolate frosting
1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts

In mixing bowl, combine the dry cake mix, butter and egg; beat until no longer crumbly, (about 3 minutes) 

Stir in peanut butter cups.

Press into a greased 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan.  
 Bake at 350 for 18-22 minutes or until lightly browned.

(Here is where I just gave up shooting pics....sorry)

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine the cornstarch, caramel topping and peanut butter until smooth.  Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until mixture comes to a boil, about 25 minutes.  Cook and stir 1-2 minutes longer.
Remove from heat; stir in peanuts.
Spread evenly over warm crust.  Bake for 6-7 minutes longer or until almost set.
Cool completely on a wire rack.
Spread with frosting, sprinkle with peanuts.
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cutting. 
Store in refrigerator.

So there you have it.  If you try these yummy bars do come back and tell me how you and your family liked 'em!  Enjoy!


  1. those look scrumptious! I'm going to make them soon and then find someone to give them too or else I'll eat them all...But if you tell me they are low fat I'll have to believe you Friend!!/paperflora

  2. yummy!!! those look awesome. i have a super easy toffee recipe that i'll have to share with you!

  3. These look so good. I love anything with chocolate and peanut butter. I eat gluten free, but I think I could easily substitute gluten free cake mix and it should work. Will have to try these sometime. BTW, I found you over on BlogFrog and will be following you. :)


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