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Cookies and Cream Caramel Layer Bars

You’ve never seen Pillsbury cookies do this before! These decadent layered bars combine candy bars, caramel and pecans for a dessert our Bake-Off™ Contest judges gave two thumbs up. (We bet you will, too!) 


32 Bars | 4 hours & 25 Minutes
Cookies and Cream Caramel Layer Bars


1 package (16 oz) Pillsbury™ Big Deluxe™ HERSHEY'S refrigerated cookies ‘n’ creme cookies

1/4 cup dark unsweetened baking cocoa

1 package (11 oz) caramel bits

8 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

3/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

8 tablespoons butter

3 cups powdered sugar

3 HERSHEY'S cookies 'n' creme candy bars (1.55 oz each), broken into pieces 



Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 8-inch square (2-quart) baking dish or pan with cooking spray. 

In medium bowl, crumble cookie dough; stir or knead in cocoa until well mixed. Press evenly in bottom of baking dish. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until set. Cool 20 minutes.

In medium microwavable bowl, microwave caramel bits and 2 tablespoons of the whipping cream uncovered on High 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until smooth. Carefully pour and spread caramel mixture evenly over cooled bar base. Sprinkle with pecans. Cool about 20 minutes or until caramel is set. 

In medium microwavable bowl, microwave 6 tablespoons of the butter uncovered on High 30 to 40 seconds or until melted. Beat in powdered sugar and remaining 6 tablespoons whipping cream until smooth and creamy. Pour and spread evenly over pecans. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until set.

In small microwavable bowl, microwave candy bars and remaining 2 tablespoons butter uncovered on Medium (50%) 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. Spread evenly over bars. Refrigerate about 2 hours or until center is firm. Cut into 8 rows by 4 rows. 


Chef's Notes:

Can't find Pillsbury™ Big Deluxe™ HERSHEY'S refrigerated cookies ‘n’ creme cookies? You can substitute 1 package (16 oz) Pillsbury™ Ready to Bake!™ refrigerated sugar cookies, and add 4 creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed (about 1/2 cup), and 1/3 cup white vanilla baking chips along with the baking cocoa. Bake as stated and continue with recipe as directed.