Line the pan with nonstick aluminum foil, if desired. Once baked and cooled, lift the foil and the cookie out of the pan. Place on a cutting board, and carefully peel foil away from sides of cookie. Cut into bars.

Diane Gallagher, Long Valley, New Jersey
Recipe by Southern Living November 2006

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
bake:
30 mins
total:
55 mins
Yield:
Makes 24 to 30 bars
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Stir together first 5 ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add butter, stirring until mixture is crumbly. Reserve half of mixture (about 2 3/4 cups). Press remaining half of mixture into bottom of a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch pan. Sprinkle evenly with chocolate morsels, and, if desired, pecans.

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  • Microwave caramels and half-and-half in a microwave-safe bowl at MEDIUM (50% power) 3 minutes. Stir and microwave at MEDIUM 1 to 3 more minutes or until mixture is smooth. Let stand 1 minute. Pour evenly over chocolate morsels. Sprinkle evenly with reserved crumb mixture.

  • Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.