Chocolate Chip Caramel Bars

  • Total: 1 hr 15 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Yield: 2 dozen bars
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Ingredients

Pillsbury® Baking Spray with Flour

1 cup Crisco® Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening

or 1 stick Crisco® Baking Sticks Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

2 tsps. vanilla extract

2 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

2 cups (12 oz. pkg.) semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 (14 oz.) bag caramels, unwrapped

2 tbsps. cold water

Directions

  1. HEAT oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8 x 8-inch pan with flour no-stick cooking spray.
  2. COMBINE shortening, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla in medium bowl; beat at medium speed until blended.
  3. COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Add gradually to shortening mixture at low speed. Beat until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips with spoon. Divide dough in half. Spread half in bottom of prepared pan.
  4. COMBINE caramels and water in small saucepan; heat over very low heat. Stir until caramels melt. Spread over dough in pan to within 1/2 inch of edge. Spoon remaining dough over caramel mixture. Spread carefully.
  5. BAKE 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Loosen from sides of pan with knife. Remove pan to cooling rack to cool completely. Cut into 1 1/2 x 1 1/2-inch bars.
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