Bake-Off® Contest 40, 2002
Kiel, Wisconsin

Chocolate-Caramel Layer Bars

With a crust made from refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough, these bars are layered with peanuts, cereal, milk chocolate and caramel to indulge any sweet tooth.

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  • prep time 20 min
  • total time 1 hr 20 min
  • ingredients 5
  • servings 36
 

Ingredients

1
roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated chocolate chip cookies
1
bag (11.5 oz) milk chocolate chips (2 cups)
1
container (18 oz) caramel apple dip (1 1/2 cups)
3
cups Rice Chex® cereal
1
cup chopped peanuts

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  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In ungreased 13x9-inch pan, break up cookie dough. With floured fingers, press dough evenly in bottom of pan to form crust.
  • 2 Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 15 minutes.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in 4-quart saucepan, cook 1 cup of the chips and 1 cup of the dip over medium heat, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in cereal and peanuts.
  • 4 Spread cereal mixture over cooled crust. In 1-quart saucepan, heat remaining chips and dip over medium heat, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth. Spread over cereal mixture. Refrigerate until chocolate mixture is set, about 30 minutes. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 6 rows. Store tightly covered.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In ungreased 13x9-inch pan, break up cookie dough. With floured fingers, press dough evenly in bottom of pan to form crust.
  • 2 Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 15 minutes.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in 4-quart saucepan, cook 1 cup of the chips and 1 cup of the dip over medium heat, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in cereal and peanuts.
  • 4 Spread cereal mixture over cooled crust. In 1-quart saucepan, heat remaining chips and dip over medium heat, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth. Spread over cereal mixture. Refrigerate until chocolate mixture is set, about 30 minutes. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 6 rows. Store tightly covered.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Did you know? Pillsbury has a gluten free cookie dough.

Try using semisweet chocolate chips instead of the milk chocolate chips.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
180
(
Calories from Fat
60),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
7%
(Saturated Fat
2 1/2g,
2 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
130mg
130%;
Total Carbohydrate
25g
25%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
17g
17%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.