Caramel Peanut Butter Blondies

Yield: 24 bars
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Bake Time: 28 to 32 minutes
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Ingredients

1 package (9 ounces) Werther's® Original Baking Caramels, divided
1/2 cup Real California® butter
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/4 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup Karo® Dark Corn Syrup
1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Argo® Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 package (12 oz or 2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Reserve 6 caramels and set aside.  Melt butter and the remaining caramels in a 2-quart microwave-safe bowl for 1 to 2 minutes until caramels are melted.  Stir in peanut butter and salt until smooth.
  3. Beat sugar, eggs, corn syrup and vanilla in a large mixer bowl with electric mixer until well blended, about 2 minutes. Add caramel mixture, baking powder and baking soda. Gradually add flour; mix until well blended. Set aside 1/2 cup chocolate chips; stir in remaining chips.
  4. Spread batter into a greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan.  Sprinkle reserved 1/2 cup chocolate chips evenly over the batter.  Bake for 28 to 32 minutes until golden brown, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  5. Microwave remaining caramels and 1 teaspoon water until caramels have melted.  Drizzle over warm bars.  Allow bars to cool on a wire rack.