Pinterest Review – Toffee, Peanut Butter and Caramel Cookie Bars

Can you even imagine the sugar rush from ANYTHING with all of those ingredients??? Yeah, I didn’t imagine it. But it happened.

Funny story- I made these for a family dinner yesterday, and my brother is extremely healthy. He didn’t have any sugar for 2-3 years or something. He just barely started eating it sparingly again. So he had some of these, and felt SO sick afterwards! He lay there with a sugar crash and headache for an hour. He teased me saying I poisoned him with sugar! 😉 Man….poor guy!

So keep that in mind. THESE ARE EXTREMELY SUGARY AND RICH. There. Now it’s been said. Let’s see what we’re dealing with.

So here’s the recipe – I’ll share my thoughts with you as we go!

Ingredients
12 Tablespoons salted butter (Make it room temperature – it’s easier. 🙂 ) 
2 c light brown sugar
1/2 c creamy peanut butter
2 eggs, room temperature (I did this, but I’m not really sure why it’s necessary… so if you’re in a rush, I’d skip it…) 
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 c flour
1 c old fashioned oats ( I accidentally scooped some quick oats first, so I ended up doing 1/2 cup old fashioned and 1/2 cup quick oats… It seemed to taste fine, but the old fashioned are what keep their shape and give it a good texture. )
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chips (I finished the dough, and put it into the pan and envisioned with giddy excitement the chocolatey/caramel goodness that would soon be mine. And then I realized there was no chocolate. I had to go back and read the instructions again, then I realized I was supposed to mix those into the dough! So I scraped the dough out of the pan and back into the bowl to remix…)
1 cup Reese’s peanut butter chips ( I COMPLETELY forgot these. Oh well. We had enough sugar…)
1 cup Heath toffee bits (And after remixing the dough, I put the dough back into the pan. Only to have another realization that I’d forgotten the toffee too. The struggle is real. )

Here are a few the stages my recipe went through so you can see if we’re still on track together!

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Caramel Filling
11 oz bag Kraft caramel bits (or unwrapped caramel squares) ( I used caramel squares, but it doesn’t matter…) 
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
4 Tablespoons butter

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a 9×13 inch baking pan with nonstick foil.
Cream butter and sugar together in mixer.  Add peanut butter and beat.  Add eggs and vanilla.
Add  flour, oats, baking powder, and salt.
Stir in chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and toffee. (Don’t forget this step like I did!)
Press 2/3 of the cookie dough on the bottom of the pan. Place all filling ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second increments until smooth.  Stir in between! (I did 1 minute increments. Personal preference…) 
Pour caramel mixture evenly over the dough.
Drop the remaining dough on top using your hands.  (Like a crumble, a little here, a little there)
Bake for about 30 minutes. Let cool completely and cut into bars. ( For real, though. Wait for it to cool. I didn’t and it was crazy messy. But once it cooled, it was great.)

Before:

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After:

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So this would be AMAZING a la mode! But all I had was a large glass of cold milk. It was amazing. So if you can handle sugar, this will be awesome. If you’re not into really rich things, then steer clear. This is not gonna be for you!

Leave me links or comments about other pinterest recipes I should try out!

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