Trick or Treat Salted Nut Bars



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Serves:
24 Bars
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Mmmmmmm!

Ingredients

CRUST:
3/4 c
all purpose flour
1/2 c
light brown sugar, packed
1/4 c
butter, softened
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

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!


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12 Comments

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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.
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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...
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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.
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Eve Anderson(AKA-POETGRL) mumm6
Oct 29, 2011
Looks yummy, thank you.