Nutty Nougat Caramel Bites

Level: Challenging
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 90 servings (2 pieces per serving)

Description

This Nutty Nougat Caramel Bites recipe was a finalist winner of the Nestlé Toll House "Share the Very Best" recipe contest, this dessert was created by Diane Bartels of Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Have you ever made your own nougat? If not, here's a great first-try recipe!

Ingredients

  • COOKIE BASE
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 pkg. (about 3.4 oz.) butterscotch-flavored instant pudding mix
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups (about 8 oz.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Butterscotch Flavored Morsels
  • NOUGAT FILLING
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow creme
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (about 8 oz.) coarsely chopped salted peanuts
  • CARAMEL LAYER
  • 1 pkg. (14 oz.) caramels (unwrapped)
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ICING
  • 1 cup (6 oz.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Milk Chocolate Morsels
  • 1/3 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Butterscotch Flavored Morsels
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

Directions

FOR COOKIE BASE:
PREHEAT
oven to 350° F. Line 17 x 11 x 1-inch baking pan with parchment paper.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add pudding mix, eggs and vanilla extract; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in 1 1/3 cups butterscotch morsels. Spread and pat dough evenly into prepared baking pan.

BAKE for 10 to 11 minutes or until light golden brown. Carefully hold pan 2 to 3-inches above a heat-resistant surface and allow pan to drop. (This creates a chewier cookie base.) Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

FOR NOUGAT FILLING:
MELT
butter in medium, heavy-duty saucepan over medium heat. Add granulated sugar and evaporated milk; stir. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

STIR in marshmallow creme, peanut butter and vanilla extract. Add peanuts; stir well. Spread nougat mixture over cookie base. Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until set.

FOR CARAMEL LAYER:
COMBINE
caramels and cream in medium, heavy-duty saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until caramels are melted and mixture is smooth. Spread caramel mixture over nougat layer. Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until set.

FOR ICING:
MELT
milk chocolate morsels, 1/3 cup butterscotch morsels and peanut butter in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 1 minute; STIR. Morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10 to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted. Spread icing over caramel layer. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

TO SERVE, let stand at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes. Cut into 180 1-inch pieces. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Not quick but worth it!

by L. L , OR on Apr. 2010

As others have stated, this recipe isn't a quick one but if you stick it out and make this one for your family or friends, they will be delighted and thrilled and beg for the recipe!

AWESOME BARS!

by K. Kris , Parkers Prairie, MN on Nov. 2008

These are very time consuming, but definately worth making. They are so good. I know they won't stick around very long!

Nougat Caramel Bites

by P. Pamela , Culpeper, VA on Nov. 2008

I made these for a party at work and everyone loved them. I handed out copies of the recipe. In order to save time, instead of melting the caramel, I substituted with some caramel apple dip and it worked great. I plan on making these again.

Very Good - Very Time Consuming

by T. Tina , Oakland, MD on Oct. 2008

My coworkers loved these and some even asked for the recipe. I encountered only two problems when making these. 1) It took the better part of two hours to make these start to finish - even longer if you count the cool down time for the cookie. 2) I went by the directions and cooked the nougat for five minutes. It got overly hard. I should have check the temperature and trusted my own judgement instead. Even with these problems I would make them again and I will give the recipe to others with a word of warning.

Family Loved These

by R. Robin , Yelm, WA on Oct. 2008

I made these over the weekend. They do take awhile to make but worth it. My family is already asking when I plan to make them again.

CANDY COOKIES

by J. JAN , Boone, IA on Sep. 2008

Takes awhile but worth the time. Entire family enjoyed these treats!

Nutty Nougat Caramel Bites

by D. Doris , HOMESTEAD, FL on Sep. 2008

I just made another copy for one of my co-workers who wants to make this for Thanksgiving. One of the technicians said it was so good it "knocked his socks off". Every one loved it and so did I.

Rich and yummy!!!

by m. marilyn , Waterford, MI on Sep. 2008

I was given this recipe over 30 years ago-when my Husband was in the army. I made them many times and lost the recipe. We go to a lot of pot lucks and the plate always emptys in no time. I am so glad to have this recipe again.

pretty darned good

by L. Louetta , TORRANCE, CA on Jul. 2008

I read the directions, then saw where it made 180 bars, thought that was too many, so I cut the recipe in half and they turned out great. I froze a bunch of them too, as I read that they freeze well. Hope they turn out as good after being frozen as they were fresh. a real keeper.

Nutty Nougat Caramel Bites

by p. patricia , LUFKIN, TX on Jun. 2008

I make this and it was easy and moist very good.My hold family and friend just love it.It is perfect for after dinner treats.They all wanted the recipe to make at home.I definatey will be making this again.