DOUBLE-CHOCOLATE AND CARAMEL BARS (COOKIE EXCHANGE QUANTITY)

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30 min Prep
3 hr 5 min Total
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72 Servings

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Indulge in rich bars that combine favorite caramel and chocolate flavors.


Ingredient List
    Bars
  • Small check mark in a circle icon3 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • Small check mark in a circle icon3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • Small check mark in a circle icon2/3 cup baking cocoa
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 egg, beaten
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 1/2 cups firm butter or margarine
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 bag (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)
  • Small check mark in a circle icon48 caramels
  • Small check mark in a circle icon2 cans (14 oz each) sweetened condensed milk
    Chocolate Glaze
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 bag (6 oz) semisweet chocolate chips (1 cup)
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 teaspoon shortening or vegetable oil
Preparation
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line 15x10x1-inch pan with foil, leaving about 2 inches of foil hanging over sides of pan.
  2. In large bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, cocoa and egg. Cut in 1 1/4 cups of the butter, using pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through ingredients in opposite directions), until crumbly. Stir in walnuts; reserve 3 cups of the crumb mixture. Press remaining mixture firmly in bottom of pan; sprinkle with 2 cups chocolate chips. Bake 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in heavy 2-quart saucepan, melt caramels with sweetened condensed milk and remaining 1/4 cup butter over low heat, stirring constantly. Pour over crust. Top with reserved crumb mixture. Bake about 20 minutes longer or until bubbly. Cool completely, about 2 hours.
  4. In small microwavable bowl, microwave 1 cup chocolate chips and the shortening uncovered on High 1 to 3 minutes, stirring halfway through heating time, until melted and thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle over bars. For bars, cut into 12 rows by 6 rows.
Tips
  • Place bars in decorative mini muffin cups. It makes serving a snap.
  • Instead of walnuts, use pecans for a “turtle” flavor combo bar.
  • Bars can also be baked in a 17x11x3/4-inch pan; decrease first bake time to 13 minutes and second bake time to about 18 minutes or until bubbly.