Trick or Treat Salted Nut Bars

24 Bars
45 Min
30 Min


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3/4 c
all purpose flour
1/2 c
light brown sugar, packed
1/4 c
butter, softened
1/4 c
peanut butter, crunchy
1 - 14 oz. pkg
wrapped caramels
2 Tbsp
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

Directions Step-By-Step

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.
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.
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.
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.
Reheat reserved caramel; drizzle over bars. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until set.
Lift foil to remove bars from pan; remove foil. Cut into 24 bars. Cover & store in refrigerator & enjoy!

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Oct 28, 2011 - Kimmi Knippel (Sweet_Memories) shared this recipe with discussion group: A HALLOWEEN/SAMHAIN TRADITION
Sherri Greer SherriL
Oct 28, 2011
Wow this looks very unique, awesome for this time of year : )
Bea L. BeachChic
Oct 28, 2011
Golly gee! We love the candy corn mixed with peanuts so I know we would love this. Saved!!!
Stormy Stewart karlyn255
Oct 28, 2011
That looks amazing Kimmi
Pat Duran kitchenchatter
Oct 29, 2011
Yum Kimmi. Saved.
Eve Anderson(AKA-POETGRL) mumm6
Oct 29, 2011
Looks yummy, thank you.
Jane Longwell janelongwell
Oct 26, 2012
This recipe did NOT work for me. Nothing turned out correct and the caramel hardened up so fast that it couldn't be cut into bars. The marshmallow creme/powedered sugar was a mess to put together. I thought this looked so good since my family loves Salted Nut Rolls but this recipe didn't work for me.
Kimmi Knippel (Sweet_Memories) KimmiK
Oct 26, 2012
To each his own. Did you use a standing mixer for the marshmallow cream/confectioners' sugar?

I didn't have any problem whatsoever. I'll take more pics the next time I do...
Jane Longwell janelongwell
Oct 27, 2012
Yes, I did use a standing mixer and I really wanted this to work. Did you use Kraft caramels? I am wondering if I added some milk to the melted caramels maybe it wouldn't get so hard when it set so that the dish could be cut into bars.