Salted Caramel Chocolate and Peanut Cracker Stack BarsEstimated Cost:  $15.00

Prep Time:  30 minutes

Chill Time:  2 hours

Yields:  32 bars

A friend of mine recently posted a picture of these, and I mean real recently.  It took about 72 minutes to peculate in the chocolate, caramel, peanut butter region of my brain – I HAD to make these!  They are chilling in the fridge now.  I know I’ve found a new keeper.

8 oz. rich rectangular crackers, such as Club crackers
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup honey
1 cup brown sugar, tightly packed
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
2 cups graham crackers, finely crushed
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces.
2 cups dry roasted peanuts
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate pieces
1/3 cup butterscotch-flavored pieces
1/3 cup peanut butter

1. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with nonstick foil, extending foil over the edges of the pan. Arrange half of the crackers in a single layer over the bottom of the prepared pan.

2. In a medium saucepan combine butter, honey, brown sugar, and cream. Bring to boiling, stirring constantly. Add graham cracker crumbs, reduce heat to a simmer and continue to cook mixture for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt.

3. Pour half of the caramel mixture over the crackers in the prepared pan, spreading to cover. Sprinkle with chopped peanut butter cups and peanuts. Pour remaining caramel over. Arrange remaining crackers in a single layer over the caramel, pushing slightly to secure.

4. For the topping, in a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate and butterscotch pieces. Microwave for 2 to 3 minutes or until melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Stir in peanut butter until smooth. Spread chocolate mixture over cracker layer; immediately sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

5. Chill bars for 2 hours or until completely firm. Using the edges of the foil, lift the uncut bars out of the pan. Cut into 32 squares.

Mike’s comments:

I love using the foil to make removing the chilled bars easier.

Recipe Source: Midwest Living Food & Recipes with an assist to my friend Dawn for turning me on to them in the first place.

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