Sugar Cookie Caramel Bars

I have a little secret.  After I bake sugar cookies I cut them out again, this way my cookies look like pretty shapes and not unidentifiable objects.

I have a little secret.  Cookie crumb scraps make great crusts!

The Wife of a Dairyman posted a recipe for Pillsbury Peanut Butter Caramel Bars.  I had cookie crumbs leftover from my Easter Cookies and thought this would be a tasty fit.  The other change I made was cutting the recipe in half. Here is what I did …

For the Crust:

1 -1 ½ C Sugar Cookie Crumbs

2 Tbs Butter

Heat oven to 350°F.

Spray 8X8-inch pan (I used a glass pan) with non-stick cooking spray.

I used my food processor to make the crumbs and mix them with the butter.

Lightly pat buttery crumbs into pan and bake for 6-7 minutes or until light golden brown.  Cool a few minutes on cooling rack.

For the Caramel Layer:

¼  C Butter

1/2 can (7 oz) Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 C Light Brown Sugar, packed

1 C Granulated Sugar

½ + 1/3 C + 3 Tbs Graham Cracker Crumbs

In a heavy saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in condensed milk, brown sugar and granulated sugar until blended.

Add graham cracker crumbs; mix well (mixture will be thick). Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Watch the caramel closely!  Do Not Burn It!

Reduce heat to low; cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly, or until slightly thickened.

Pour caramel mixture over warm cookie crust, spreading evenly.

For the Topping:

3/4 C milk Chocolate Chips

¼ C Creamy Peanut Butter

¼ C Peanuts, chopped

In medium microwavable bowl, melt chocolate chips and stir until smooth. Stir in peanut butter until blended.

Spread evenly over caramel layer.

Sprinkle with chopped peanuts.

Cool until chocolate is set.

I LOVE the buttery, caramely flavor with a hint of chocolate and peanuts.  I didn’t put any special  magical potion into these bars.  After J tried them, I think he fell in love with me all over again!

If you enjoy buttery melt in your mouth caramel flavor these bars are a must try!


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14 Responses to Sugar Cookie Caramel Bars

  1. Judy says:

    Yum!!! These look sooooo good. I love your recipes, I’ve been printing them out to try later.

  2. LindaG says:

    Really looks good. :o)
    Have a wonderful week! ♥

  3. Bridget D. says:

    Robyn – Everyday I read your blog and every time I see a new recipe my mouth waters. This one didn’t fail! Hope all is well in your area of the country!

    • Robyn says:

      Thanks for the comment, Bridget! I am so glad to know you read my little blog and enjoy my work. Tell K and the girls HI from South Dakota.

  4. Candy C. says:

    Looking at the pictures of these yummy bar cookies I can see why your hubby fell in love with you all over again!! 😉

  5. Oh my gosh, I love these! They look so yummy and what a great idea! Pinned!

  6. Kim says:

    Yum! These are going in the to-try pile.

    • Robyn says:

      Kim, Candy and Dorothy,
      These bars are very good. The buttery sugar cookie crust goes awesome with the caramel layer. The hint of chocolate and peanut butter tops it off, but is not too much. If you get a chance to make these bars, let me know what you think.

  7. Robyn, Robyn, Robyn! I can’t wait to try these out, yum! I love “recycling” other baked goodies and incorporating them into something new and delish!

  8. Michelle says:

    Thanks for linking up this week. This looks delicious and sounds easy enough. I love that you used sugar cookies you baked instead of buying them. I will definitely be trying this soon.

    I can’t wait to see what you link up next week.


  9. Alyssa says:

    These look so good! I really like the use of the leftover sugar cookie crumbs for the crust! Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday. I hope to see you at the next party!

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