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Chocolate Caramel Coconut RITZ Cookies | alidaskitchen.com

Chocolate Caramel Coconut RITZ Cookies

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Chocolate Caramel Coconut RITZ Cookies are a fun treat made using only 3 simple ingredients – a chocolate covered caramel candy, toasted coconut and RITZ crackers.  

Chocolate Caramel Coconut RITZ Cookies | alidaskitchen.com

During spring break this year, we have enjoyed many park visits, going to the zoo and on bike rides, just doing whatever it is that kids like to do. Of course during all of these fun excursions, my bag is packed with a favorite snack. We recently discovered RITZ Fresh Stacks, which is a mini-sleeve of RITZ Crackers that fits perfectly in my backpack for our snack on-the-go.

As we were enjoying our latest RITZ cracker snack, we decided to brainstorm ideas of what we could do with our RITZ crackers. One said chocolate, the other said toasted coconut – so many delicious ideas that resulted in these Chocolate Caramel Coconut RITZ Cookies! …

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies - Alida's Kitchen

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies #SundaySupper

A chewy, chocolate cookie filled with a chocolate covered caramel candy and sprinkled with sea salt, Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies combine the popular salty-sweet combo into a delicious cookie!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #cookies #SundaySupper

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies combine two of my favorite flavors, caramel and chocolate, into a tasty, gooey caramel-filled chocolate cookie.  Plus a little sprinkle of sea salt gives it that salty-sweet combination that is so wonderful.  These tasty little cookies are also very easy to make!  …

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Salted Caramel Brownies....made on the lighter side!

Salted Caramel Brownies

Salted Caramel Brownies

With a fudgy brownie base, a smooth caramel topping,  a drizzle of dark chocolate and a sprinkle of sea salt, you really can’t go wrong with these Salted Caramel Brownies made on the lighter side!

Like most people, I am obsessed with salted caramel anything.  Salted caramel ice cream, candies, straight from a jar perhaps?  Clearly Salted Caramel Brownies were a no brainer!  The brownie layer alone was fudgy and delicious.  The caramel layer was actually very easy to make, which was nice (and dangerous!).  Last,  a little drizzle of bittersweet chocolate (or you could just sprinkle some semi-sweet chocolate chips to simplify things) and a sprinkling of sea salt….

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grandma's caramel bars from Alida's Kitchen

Grandma’s Caramel Bars

 My grandma was always impressive in the kitchen, especially with her holiday treats.  This recipe she created for Caramel Bars is no exception!  Most caramel bars I’ve had have been underwhelming and have had a relatively stiff caramel layer in the center.  So is not the case with these Caramel Bars.  The caramel layer is gooey, melty and wonderful.   The oat crust and crumbly topping are simple and delicious, and the chocolate chips add some chocolate and texture.  Her recipe also includes 1 cup walnuts, which I do not use.  No holiday treat platter is complete without caramel bars!

Speaking of holiday treats, we are in Week 10 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats!  This recipe makes a generous amount, so is definitely a good treat to have on hand for your holiday celebrations.

Grandma’s Caramel Bars
 
Yields: 3 to 4 dozen bars, depending on size
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups rolled oats (old-fashioned or quick oats work fine)
  • 1 cup butter, softened (I use light butter)
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 14-ounce package caramels
  • ⅓ cup evaporated skim milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup walnuts (optional)
  • Cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13x9 inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, put the flour, oats, butter, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Using an electric mixer on low (I use a hand mixer), slowly beat in the butter until combined, moist, and pea-sized crumbs form. Press ½ of mixture into prepared baking dish and bake for 12 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, slowly melt caramels and evaporated milk over a double boiler (or a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water), stirring frequently.
  4. Once crust is done, pour caramel mixture over crust. Sprinkle chocolate chips (and walnuts, if using) over caramel. Crumble remaining oat mixture over caramel and chocolate chips. Bake for 12 minutes and move to a wire rack to cool completely.

We are already to week #10 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats hosted by Meal Planning Magic.  Be sure to check out all the other bloggers who are participating this week in the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats blog hop. And if you’re a blogger and want to join in on the fun, check out this post for the form to fill out to start baking along with us.