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!  🙂

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Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

Cookies!  If you know me, you know that I LOVE cookies!  I have not met a cookie that I didn’t like.  And cookies are like potato chips…..you can’t just eat one!

I have experimented with several different recipes, and finally found the one that is my favorite.  I got this recipe from Oh, Hopscotch!  I originally found it off of Pinterest, and is my go to chocolate chip cookie recipe.  People who follow the Paleo diet lifestyle are hooked on these cookies, and even my boyfriend is like, “these taste like real cookies!”.   Well my love, that’s because they are REAL cookies!

Note: I have adjusted some of the amounts from the original recipe.

Ingredients:

(dry)

  • 4 cups blanched almond flour  (I use Honeyville Blanched Almond Flour)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2-3/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)

(wet)

  • 11 tbsp room temperature unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar (or honey, but I use agave nectar)
  • 1-1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp full fat canned coconut milk

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Combine your dry ingredients (almond flour, baking soda and salt) and set aside.

Cream together all wet ingredients using a stand mixer or a hand held mixer.  Slowly stir in the dry flour mixture until fully combined.   You can use the mixer, but I tend to do it by hand.  Then fold in chocolate chips and pecans.

Cookie Dough
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or you can use a baking mat.   My friend Scott got me this awesome Fox Run baking mat for my birthday and I highly suggest getting one!  Spoon the cookie dough onto the pan.

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Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Cool and try not to eat them all in one day!

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What I also love about these cookies is that they stay soft for days!

 

 

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Enjoy this tasty Healthy Cheat!  I know I do!