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20.11.11

PEANUT BUTTER MELTAWAYS


I have not made this for ages! I used to make peanut butter meltaways for my kids before Christmas. I wanted to add the recipe to the family cookbook and a good thing I made a batch. I forgot I used to have to tweak the recipe. The original topping was scant, and I am sure now I used to add more caramels and more whipping cream to the pot. Finally, the recipe is just right for a 13x9 inch baking pan. If you wanted to change it for a smaller batch and bake it in a square pan, just cut the crust ingredients in half and for the topping use 26 caramels, 1/4 cup of whipping cream, 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and about 1/4 cup of chopped peanuts. Somebody is going to be very happy when she comes over today.

CRUST

1-1/4 cups flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 Tbsp water

TOPPING

39 caramels (10.5 oz)
1/4 +1/8 cup whipping cream
1-1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup pure chocolate chips
1/3 cup chopped roasted peanuts

• Line and lightly butter 13 inch by 9 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
• In a small mixing bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
• In a large bowl, beat the butter, peanut butter and sugar until fluffy.
• Beat in the egg and the water.
• Add the flour mixture and stir to combine.
• Pour into the prepared baking pan and spread out evenly.
• Bake at 375F for 20 minutes until light brown and center is firm.
• Place the hot pan on a baking rack to cool.
• Place the caramels and cream in a medium saucepan over low heat.
• Melt the caramels stirring occasionally. Mixture should be smooth.
• Remove pot from heat and stir in the vanilla.
• Carefully spread hot caramel mixture over the cooled crust.
• Sprinkle the top with chocolate chips and chopped peanuts and press them lightly onto the caramel layer.
• Cool in pan on a baking rack.
• Place in the fridge until bar is chilled and completely firmed up.
• Grasp the ends of the parchment paper and gently remove bar from the pan.
• Peel off and discard parchment paper.
• Gently slide the entire bar onto a large cutting board and slice.

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