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Cookies and Cream Caramel Layer Bars

Cookies and Cream Caramel Layer Bars
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 4 hr 25 min
  • Ingredients 8
  • Servings 32

You’ve never seen Pillsbury cookies do this before! These decadent layered bars combine candy bars, caramel and pecans for a dessert our Bake-Off® Contest judges gave two thumbs up. (We bet you will, too!) ...MORE+ LESS-

Bake-Off® Contest 48, 2018
San Mateo, California

Ingredients

1
package (16 oz) Pillsbury™ Big Deluxe™ HERSHEY'S refrigerated cookies ‘n’ creme cookies
1/4
cup dark unsweetened baking cocoa
1
package (11 oz) caramel bits
8
tablespoons heavy whipping cream
3/4
cup pecans, coarsely chopped
8
tablespoons butter
3
cups powdered sugar
3
HERSHEY'S cookies 'n' creme candy bars (1.55 oz each), broken into pieces

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 8-inch square (2-quart) baking dish or pan with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In medium bowl, crumble cookie dough; stir or knead in cocoa until well mixed. Press evenly in bottom of baking dish. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until set. Cool 20 minutes.
  • 3
    In medium microwavable bowl, microwave caramel bits and 2 tablespoons of the whipping cream uncovered on High 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until smooth. Carefully pour and spread caramel mixture evenly over cooled bar base. Sprinkle with pecans. Cool about 20 minutes or until caramel is set.
  • 4
    In medium microwavable bowl, microwave 6 tablespoons of the butter uncovered on High 30 to 40 seconds or until melted. Beat in powdered sugar and remaining 6 tablespoons whipping cream until smooth and creamy. Pour and spread evenly over pecans. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until set.
  • 5
    In small microwavable bowl, microwave candy bars and remaining 2 tablespoons butter uncovered on Medium (50%) 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. Spread evenly over bars. Refrigerate about 2 hours or until center is firm. Cut into 8 rows by 4 rows.

Expert Tips

  • Can't find Pillsbury™ Big Deluxe™ HERSHEY'S refrigerated cookies ‘n’ creme cookies? You can substitute 1 package (16 oz) Pillsbury™ Ready to Bake!™ refrigerated sugar cookies, and add 4 creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed (about 1/2 cup), and 1/3 cup white vanilla baking chips along with the baking cocoa. Bake as stated and continue with recipe as directed.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
230
Calories from Fat
100
% Daily Value
Total Fat
11g
17%
Saturated Fat
5g
26%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Sodium
95mg
4%
Potassium
60mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate
31g
10%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
25g
Protein
2g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%
2%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
2%
2%
Iron
2%
2%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 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; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • This is a fun twist on a nursery school bake-sale favorite. When I was raising small children, we were part of a co-op preschool where the parents were always present and the kids always got messy! As part of our ongoing efforts to raise money for the school, we had bake sales, auctions and theme parties each requiring donated sweet treats. I have always loved to bake and never missed a chance to experiment in the kitchen. This recipe has been tweaked many times over the years. I’ve made these with different bases, nuts and all flavors of candy depending on my mood and what I have on hand. Dessert bars are always a hit with kids and adults, and mine are easy, pretty and delicious!
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