Nutty Nougat Caramel Bites

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I am a terrible companion when it comes to watching horror tv shows and movies.

Like “Walking Dead”.

Holy frosting, never seen a more spooky show on tv as this one! If you have never seen it, I do not want to be responsible for you to start. Why? Because it’s addicting but oh-so-spooky!!

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I scream. No, really. I scream. Oh, and talk. Like all.the.time. Ask my Hubby. He’ll tell you.

“Oh no! She is going to go in there, isn’t she?” “Watch out!” “Don’t they know there are Zombies in there?!”

Yep, that… would be me.

I can’t help it! It really gets me. Oh and the new thing? There was a baby born in the last episode. *faint*

As a mom, I oppose the idea of a little baby being a part of the cast of “Walking Dead”. Seriously. My mommy heart won’t take it. Hello? This show is about Zombies?!

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Okay, no one is forcing me to watch. Actually, it’s my Hubby’s fault. He hooked me on this show! Thanks, babe. icon smile Nutty Nougat Caramel Bites

So, every time we watch “Walking Dead”, I prepare myself. Armed with a big cup of peppermint tea to calm my nerves and a huge plate of sweet treats, I await.

This week, I made these babies. Bring it, Zombies! I am ready!

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Let me count the reasons why you should make these: butterscotch cookie base, peanut butter nougat, caramel, butterscotch and chocolate frosting. Yep, that covers it. If you are a fan of candy bars, you will love these! There are quite a bit of steps to make these bites, but they are worth it.

I used Nestle’s Butterscotch and Milk Chocolate Morsels and Carnation Evaporated Milk.

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I haven’t used butterscotch in my baking for way too long. It was nice to get to play with it.

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I used my homemade caramel sauce in this recipe, but feel free to melt unwrapped caramels with a little bit of heavy cream. See recipe for instructions.

You can easily double this recipe if you have a crowd coming. However, because these bites are very rich, I opted for an 8″ square pan. I considered a 13″x9″ pan, but the cookie dough base is very sticky and it’s easier to spread it in a smaller pan. I used the leftover butter wrapper to help me smooth it out and push it into the corners of my pan. Just a tip you might want to use. The cookie base is really good and would be great by itself.

I have to say, I have never made nougat before and I was quite surprised how easy it came together. You just have to be fast with mixing the marshmallow fluff and peanut butter into butter-sugar-milk mixture. It sets up quickly.

Overall, the recipe is quite easy and makes delicious candy bar like treats. It’s one of Nestle’s Fall Favorites recipes. I will always be partial to caramel recipes, but if pumpkin or mint sounds good to you, you can find more ideas here.

Nutty Nougat Caramel Bites

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 35 minutes

Yield: 64 1" squares

A delicious candy bar like treat. Do not be discouraged by the amount of steps - these little bites are worth it!

Ingredients

  1. for the cookie base:
  2. 1 c + 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  3. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 1/2 c ( 1 stick ) unsalted butter
  6. 1/4 c + 2 Tbsp light brown sugar
  7. 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  8. 1/2 pkg butterscotch pudding mix ( about 1,5 oz. )
  9. 1 egg
  10. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  11. 1/2 c + 1 Tbsp NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Butterscotch flavored morsels
  12. for the nougat:
  13. 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  14. 1/2 c granulated sugar
  15. 2 Tbsp NESTLÉ® CARNATION Evaporated Milk
  16. 1/2 jar ( 3,5 oz. ) marshmallow fluff
  17. 2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
  18. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  19. 1/2 c + 1 Tbsp peanuts, chopped ( optional, I skipped this )
  20. for the caramel layer:
  21. 1/2 pkg caramels ( 7 oz. )
  22. 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  23. for the homemade caramel sauce:
  24. 1 c packed light brown sugar
  25. 1/2 c unsalted butter
  26. 1/4 c whipping cream
  27. for the frosting:
  28. 1/2 c NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Milk Chocolate Morsels
  29. 2 Tbsp NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Butterscotch Flavored Morsels
  30. 2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Line 8" square baking dish with aluminum foil. Spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. In a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer, beat together butter and both sugars until creamy.
  4. Add pudding mix, egg, vanilla and mix well. With the speed on low, gradually add the dry ingredients.
  5. Stir in butterscotch morsels.
  6. Pat the dough into prepared pan.
  7. Bake 13 - 15 minutes, or until the edges start to brown. The center might be still soft, but it will set as it cools.
  8. Lay a kitchen towel on the floor and drop the pan with cookie dough from 2 - 3 inches. See notes.
  9. Cool the cookie dough completely in the pan, on wire rack.
  10. For nougat: In a medium saucepan, melt butter. Add sugar and evaporated milk and stir. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Immediately, stir in marshmallow fluff and peanut butter, vanilla and peanuts ( if using ). Mix until smooth. Spread over the cookie base.
  11. Refrigerate 15 minutes or until set.
  12. For caramel:
  13. Melt caramels with heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl. Stir until smooth. Spread over nougat layer. Refrigerate 15 minutes.
  14. For homemade caramel sauce: cook together butter, sugar and cream. Bring to a boil. Cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly. Cool completely on the counter. Spread over nougat layer. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  15. For frosting: In a microwave safe bowl, melt together butterscotch morsels, milk chocolate morsels and peanut butter. Stir until smooth. Spread over the caramel. Smooth out the top.
  16. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or until the frosting is set.
  17. Let stand it room temperature for 10 minutes. Cut into 1" squares.
  18. Store airtight in refrigerator.

Notes

The cookie dough is quite sticky, so to pat it into a bottom of your pan, try using a leftover butter wrapper. It's already greased and it will make it easier to smooth the top out. For the caramel layer, I used my homemade caramel sauce, but feel free to melt store bought caramels with heavy cream. The instructions say to drop the pan with cookie dough onto a surface. Apparently, this creates more chewy dough.

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Do you like butterscotch? Are you a fan of “Walking Dead”?

xoxo,

Anna

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  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    These are awesome, not just for movie watching! The nougat in the middle sets them apart. Wonderful!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Yes! The nougat is sooo goood! Thanks, Paula!

  • http://www.a-kitchen-addiction.com/ Jessica_AKitchenAddiction

    I could handle quite a few things with a plate of these by my side!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Thanks, Jessica!

  • http://twitter.com/BakerByNature Ashley

    My boyfriend has been BEGGING me to watch the walking dead with him! But I’m too big a wuss – hate horror!!! The caramel bites however, are right up my alley!!!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      lol I am so scared every time I watch it but can’t stop it either. :) Glad you like the bites, Ashley! Thank you!

  • domesticfits

    Anna, These look gorgeous! So delicious. Perfect to wait out a Zombie Apocalypse

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Yes! I am ready for the next episode! :) Thank you, Jackie!

  • CrunchyCreamySw

    Totally a fact! Thanks, Hayley!

  • http://www.fearlesshomemaker.com amy donovan

    I’ve been too wimpy to watch that show, but if I had a big cup of tea + a plate of these delicious bites tempting me, I bet i’d give in + watch, too. =)

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      lol That’s my plan too, Amy :) Thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/TheSpicedLife Laura T

    Not a big butterscotch fan but love The Walking Dead. And that ep was a bloodbath! I could barely watch! And these bites look awesome, even with the butterscotch.

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      I agree on the episode – so scary! Thank you, Laura!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003844422957 Jackie Brown

    I don’t have TV which is good ’cause I really don’t want to become addicted to walking dead people. :) These look scrumptious! I’m not much of a butterscotch person, though. Do you think it would it completely ruin the taste if I used maybe half peanut butter chips?

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      I don’t think it would ruin it. It would just be more nutty. Let me know if you try the substitution! Thank you so much, Jackie!

  • http://twitter.com/CANDIQUIK CandiQuik

    love this idea, looks great!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003844422957 Jackie Brown

    I must have missed something. Why am I supposed to drop the dough on the floor? :-D

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Oops, I forgot to add it to the recipe notes. All updated now! Thanks, Jackie!

  • http://curryandcomfort.blogspot.com/ Curry and Comfort

    Never seen Walking Dead… but I’m a fan of these yummy bites!! I love that image of the caramel dripping down the one bite… YUM!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Aww, thank you, Ramona. :)

  • Stephanie munchimunch

    I’m the same way! I talk and squeal and grab at my boyfriend’s arm whenever we’re watching. I’m such a baby when it comes to anything horror. haha

    Thanks for the nougats!!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      lol Thank you, Stephanie!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mandi0710 Amanda Mehall

    What kind of pudding flavor did you use?

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Hi Amanda! I used butterscotch pudding. Thanks for stopping by!

  • http://profiles.google.com/lizzy.do Lizzy Do

    These look amazing, Anna!!!! So decadent and delicious!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Tutti_Dolci Tutti Dolci

    I love these bites, that caramel is irresistible!

  • http://twitter.com/thewickednoodle the wicked noodle

    Anna, these look amazing!!

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  • Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar

    I can’t wait to try these! My husband is originally from South Africa and apparently nougat is pretty popular there. Whenever one of them goes to visit they always bring some back for everyone. It will be fun to make a homemade version! And this looks guaranteed to be even better than what they buy! And the caramel – yummmm!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Yay! Love this story, Lindsay! Let me know how you guys like them! Thank you!