These bars are SO delicious. REALLY! Every time I make them, they don’t stick around long. They are one of the most requested sweets at our house. They’re called “Knock You Naked Bars”. If you’re Baptist like me and that title makes you blush, you can settle for letting them knock your socks off. *giggle* Regardless of what you call them, they will change your life!! I found the picture online because my photography skills aren’t the greatest where this blog is concerned (for now)…my little photo is courtesy of bigoven.com
Now for the good stuff……
Knock You Naked Bars
Chocolate Chip Cookie Base:
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) of butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12 oz pkg) semi-sweet or milk chocolate morsels. (I like milk chocolate)
Caramel Peanut Butter:
1/2 cup evaporated milk
60 whole caramels, unwrapped
1/2 cup peanut butter, melted
1/3 cup semi sweet or milk chocolate morsels
- To make the cookie base, preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease 9 x 13 pan. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate morsels.
- Spread half of cookie dough into prepared pan and bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove pan from oven and set aside. Begin caramel.
- To make the caramel, in a double boiler (or a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of boiling water) melt caramels with 1/2 cup of evaporated milk. When melted and combined, add 1/2 cup melted peanut butter and pour over the cookie base. Sprinkle chocolate chips as evenly as you can over the caramel.
- Drop remaining cookie dough by spoonfuls on top of the caramel mixture.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and edges are set. Cool in the pan on wire rack.
Makes 2 dozen bars.