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Come in and make yourself at home. I'm so happy to be able to share my recipes here with you.

I bake mostly cookies, quick breads, muffins and scones -- sometimes pie, sometimes cake, but nothing too fancy. I prefer simple recipes that call for ingredients that I already have in my kitchen.

These are the recipes I will share with you. They come from family and friends, magazine clippings saved through the years, favorite cookbooks, and other blogs.

I'm so glad you came to visit. Enjoy your stay!

Michael Ann

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Chocolate Caramel Bars

I found this awesome recipe on one of my favorite food blogs, Sweet Pea's Kitchen. I saw her photo and started drooling right then. I find a lot of great recipes on her blog and you will too. You can see her original write up and photos (which are far superior to mine!) at this link.

I will definitely make these again and the recipe is now a permanent part of my binder. I know they look tricky to make, but they really aren't. The layers are just made with crackers and you don't even have to bake them! Very simple.

Chocolate Caramel Bars
Yield ~3 dozen bars

Base and Second Layer
48-64 butter crackers (I used Keebler Club)

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup milk
pinch salt

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup butterscotch chips
1/3 cup dry roasted peanuts, chopped

Grease a 9x13 pan. Arrange 1/2 the crackers in the bottom of the pan. You may have to cut them to fit the edges.

In a saucepan over medium heat, boil all caramel ingredients for about 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour caramel over the crackers and spread to cover evenly. An offset spatula works great. Top the caramel with another layer of crackers.

In a small saucepan over low heat, melt peanut butter and baking chips until smooth. Pour gently over crackers and spread with offset spatula.

Sprinkle peanuts over the top and chill until set, at least 2 hours. Cut into bars.

Happy Baking!


  1. I love Sweet Peas Kitchen!! I have found so many great recipes there, and everything that I have made has been fantastic. The chocolate caramel bars look terrific!!

  2. My co-workers are all chocolate freaks so this will make an awesome VD treat to take in! I can't wait to try these. Thanks, Michael Ann!

    1. Yay!! You are welcome! Let me know how they turn out.

  3. Oh you Temptress you! =) I've made these before, but not for a long time. Your photo is simply mouth watering. Thanks for the reminder - amazing just how delicious crackers can be huh?

  4. I'm still eating lemon pecan bread and you throw this at me? Have you no mercy Michael Ann? LOL These look wonderful and I love using crackers for 'layers.' They are simple and light.
    Sign me: chocoholic in remission but still fighting!

  5. I love her site. Those look AMAZING. I'm drooling!

  6. Now I am going to have to hoover the entire batch of brownies that were made today to justify making something else! I still have several of your other recipes to try!!!

  7. You wicked, wicked woman you! Oh I have GOT to try this!

  8. You guys are all cracking me up. Now I know what REALLY presses your buttons! :-)Decadence!

  9. These turned out great!! I am so happy that you enjoyed them!! They are so delicious! :)

  10. O, My,
    These look SO DEEElish.

    Can't wait to make them. WOWWWW.


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