Trick or Treat Salted Nut Bars

Kimmi Knippel (Sweet_Memories) Recipe

By Kimmi Knippel (Sweet_Memories) KimmiK

Mmmmmmm!


Recipe Rating:
 5 Ratings
Serves:
24 Bars
Prep Time:
Cook Time:

Ingredients

CRUST:
3/4 c
all purpose flour
1/2 c
light brown sugar, packed
1/4 c
butter, softened
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1/4 c
peanut butter, crunchy
TOPPING:
1 - 14 oz. pkg
wrapped caramels
2 Tbsp
water
1 c
confectioners' sugar, divided
2 Tbsp
confectioners' sugar
1 c
marshmallow cream
2 c
salted roasted peanuts (not dry-roasted), divided
1/4 c
candy corn
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Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 8" square baking pan with nonstick foil. (If using regular foil - use cooking spray.) Beat all crust ingredients in a large bowl at medium speed 1 - 2 minutes or until fine crumbs form; press into bottom of pan. Bake 12 - 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on wire rack.
2
Unwrap caramels. Heat caramels & water in medium heatproof bowl set over saucepan of simmering water 8 - 10 minutes or until melted (bowl should not touch water), stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; keep warm.
3
Meanwhile, beat 1 C of the powered sugar & marshmallow cream in a standing mixer at low speed until combined. Sprinkle remaining 2 Tbsp powered sugar over flexible cutting board or sheet of parchment paper. Lightly coat hands with powdered sugar; gently pat out marshmallow mixture on board or paper into 8" square. Brush off excess powdered sugar.
4
Spread 1/2 C of the melted caramel over crust; sprinkle with 1 C of the peanuts. Top with marshmallow square by turning cutting board or paper with marshmallow mixture upside-down over peanuts, pressing down firmly to adhere layers. Reserve 2 Tbsp of the caramel; pour remaining caramel over marshmallow layer. Top with remaining 1 C peanuts & candy corn, patting down firmly.
5
Reheat reserved caramel; drizzle over bars. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until set.
6
Lift foil to remove bars from pan; remove foil. Cut into 24 bars. Cover & store in refrigerator & enjoy!