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Chocolate Caramel Peanut Bars

Chocolate Caramel Peanut Bars recipe
photo by:kraft
Gooey melted caramels coat a crunchy mixture of crackers, peanuts, chocolate chunks and marshmallows in these scrumptious no-bake bar cookies.
time
prep:
15 min
total:
45 min
servings
total:
3 doz. bars or 36 servings, 1 bar each
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What You Need

1-1/2
cups  PLANTERS COCKTAIL Peanuts, divided
1
sleeve  saltine crackers (about 38 crackers), coarsely broken
2
pkg.  (4 oz. each) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, coarsely chopped
1
cup  JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
1/2
cup  (1 stick) margarine or butter
1
pkg.  (14 oz.) KRAFT Caramels (about 50)

Make It

CHOP 1/2 cup of the peanuts; set aside. Mix remaining 1 cup peanuts, the cracker pieces, chopped chocolate and marshmallows in large bowl; set aside.

PLACE margarine and caramels in small saucepan; cook on low heat until caramels are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring frequently. Pour over cracker mixture; toss to coat well.

PRESS cracker mixture firmly into lightly greased 13x9-inch pan; sprinkle with reserved chopped peanuts. Refrigerate 30 min. or until completely cooled before cutting into 36 bars. Store leftover bars in tightly covered container in refrigerator.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Easy Cleanup
Line pan with foil before pressing cracker mixture into pan.
Substitute
Prepare as directed, using chopped PLANTERS Pecans or Walnuts.
Substitute
Prepare as directed, substituting 1-1/2 cups BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks for the chopped chocolate.
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