Homemade Snickers Bars

I used to have a neighbor that used to make homemade Snickers bars that were AMAZING! I used to sneak into the kitchen late at night and take a couple to store in my room before everyone ate them all (I was in a house of seven with big appetites!) It must be fate because I came across a recipe for them via Chef In Training, but originated from Eat Cake for Dinner, and I think I’m gonna have to try it this weekend (but maybe with dark chocolate).

Ingrediants:

1 (14 oz.) bag Kraft caramels
1 1/2 c. marshmallow cream
1 1/2 c. salted peanuts, chopped
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. butterscotch chips
1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. evaporated milk
1/4 c. peanut butter
1/4 c. whipping cream (I used evaporated milk)
2 c. milk chocolate chips

Directions:
1st layer:
1 c. milk chocolate chips
1/4 c. butterscotch chips
1/4 c. creamy peanut butter
Melt together all ingredients in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.  Spread into a lightly greased 9×13 inch glass pan.  Put in fridge to cool.
Filling:
1/4 c. butter
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. evaporated milk
1 1/2 c. marshmallow cream
1/4 c. creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. salted peanuts, chopped
Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat, add sugar and milk, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugar.  Bring to a boil and stir for 5 minutes (I only did 3 min.).  Mixture will start to follow your spoon. Remove from stove and stir in marshmallow cream, peanut butter and vanilla.  Mix until smooth.  Spread over first layer and sprinkle peanuts over top.
Caramel Layer:
1 (14 oz.) bag Kraft caramels
1/4 c. whipping cream (I used evaporated milk)
Unwrap and melt the caramels with the cream in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until melted. Carefully spread over filling layer.
Top Layer:
1 c. milk chocolate chips
1/4 c. butterscotch chips
1/4 c. peanut butter
Melt together in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.  Spread evenly over caramel layer.  Store in the refrigerator until cooled and hardened.  Cut into small bars. Keep refrigerated.
 This is very easy to make, it just takes a little time to prepare each layer.  I cut this in half and layered it in an 8×6 inch glass dish.  I had to make the nougat/filling recipe twice, because the first time I cooked it the entire 5 minutes like the recipe suggested, but it ended up being too hard and crumbly.  I tried again, but this time only cooked about 3 minutes and it was perfect.  When it slightly thickens and starts to move around with your spoon while you stir it, I would quit cooking.  Remember, it will be thicker when you add the mallow cream and peanut butter.  I also used evaporated milk instead of the whipping cream in the caramel, because I didn’t want to spend money on a carton of cream to only use a small amount and I already had a can of evaporated milk open for the filling.  I added slightly less than the recipe called for, so it would still be as thick.  I like these right out of the fridge.  I think they taste most like a Snickers when they are cold and chewy!  When they get to room temperature, the chocolate gets pretty soft and melts all over your fingers (I don’t know if that is a bad thing)?  You will LOVE them!
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