Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Caramel Awesomeness!

Yep….you read that title correct!  So if you don’t like Chocolate Chip Cookies, Peanut Butter M&Ms, or Caramel….you should probably skip this post.   This cookie bar has everything I mentioned in it!  This by no means is healthy…but it is a CHEAT treat!  You have to have this every now and then.  That being said….this cheat is better suited for a party situation.  That way, you can have some but won’t be tempted every time you walk into the kitchen.  🙂

I have made this for several parties (including a dinner party I am going to tonight), and everyone who has tried it has loved it, so I know you will too!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks) room temp
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp coarse Sea salt(seems like a lot, but with all of the sugar in this recipe….you need to counter it)
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups peanut butter M&M’s
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips 1 (14oz) bag caramels unwrapped
  • 1/4 cup milk

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9 x 13 pan.

Cream butter and sugar together.  Then mix in the eggs and vanilla.  Make sure all the wet ingredients are mixed well.  Slowly add in the baking soda, salt, and flour until it is all mixed.  Stir in chocolate chips and peanut butter M&Ms.

Take 2/3 of the batter and spread it in the pan.  Now this can be messy!!  A little tip is to spray your hands first with the cooking spray and then use your hands to spread the dough out.

Dough ready to go in the oven

Dough ready to go in the oven

 

You will bake this for 8-10 minutes.  You want the dough to set, but not golden brown.

After baking for 10 minutes

After baking for 10 minutes

 

Now that the first part is finished baking, you can work on your caramel layer.  Take your unwrapped caramels, put them in a microwave safe container with the milk.  Microwave for 1 minute at a time.  After each minute, stir.  Keep doing this until all of the caramels are melted.  Should take between 2-3 minutes.

Melted caramel

Melted caramel

 

With the caramel melted, gently pour it over the dough in the pan.

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With the last of your dough, you will cover all of the caramel as best as you can.  It might not be perfect, but that doesn’t matter.  The dough will spread.  Try not to leave any major holes.

Ready to go back in the oven!

Ready to go back in the oven!

 

Put the pan back in the oven for 15-20 minutes.   Now you do want it to be golden brown this time.

 

MMM....

MMM….

 

Turned out great!  Except for the part when I accidentally let my oven mitt touch the cookie bar.  Oops!  Oh well….I guess that means that I get to have a sample before the dinner party tonight!  🙂