Thursday, February 24, 2011

Praline Caramel Cheesecake Bars

recipe photo
                                                                                                                               Photo courtesy Betty Crocker

I love Betty Crocker's prize-winning cookie bar recipes, and here's a doozie from 2010! It starts with my favorite sugar cookie mix. 

I made my own toffee bits.  It's a snap!   Here's how, first butter a cookie sheet.  Next just melt 1/2 cup of butter, (1 stick) over medium-high heat.  Add 1/2 cup of sugar and stir continuously until it turns a light caramel-brown color.  Do be careful because it will scorch easily, so pour it onto your prepared cookie sheet.  Then give it some time to harden, and break it up. 

I made these bars in the early morning, tucking them in the fridge to cool and set up, and they were long gone by early afternoon.  I never got a chance to put them on a pretty platter and take their picture.  So thanks to the BC gals for providing one for us!  Trust me, they are easy and sooo good... 

Praline Caramel Cheesecake Bars

For Crust and Topping:
  • 1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
  • 1/2 cup cold butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits 
  • 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup caramel topping (I used Mrs. Richardson's)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
    1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. Place cookie mix in bowl; cut in butter using pastry blender or fork until mixture is crumbly. Reserve 1 1/2 cups mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture in bottom of pan. Bake 10 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, flour, 1/4 cup of the caramel topping, vanilla and egg with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.
    3. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over partially baked cookie base. Sprinkle with reserved crumb topping, pecans and toffee bits.
    4. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 30 minutes. Refrigerate about 2 hours or until chilled. Drizzle with remaining 1/4 cup caramel topping. For bars, cut into 9 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.
    Makes 36 bars

    You might win an Oscar with these!


    1. I printed this recipe too!! Can't wait to try it!! It looks soooo delish:)

    2. I'm bookmarking this. It would be fabulous on a tea tray.

    3. I love this one...pralines and cream if my favorite ice cream so I know I am going to love this...YUM! :D

    4. Sounds great Gnee! I've had a pretty serious sweet tooth lately! I think I need spring to get here, maybe the thought of shorts will reel me back in:@)

    5. Your desserts are always so amazing! I am home with a cold/flu today but I could still eat way too much of this!!

    6. This looks so great! I am going to have to make some for my kiddos this weekend :) Thanks so much for linking up to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions. If you have time, come by and link up to Fun w/Food Friday tomorrow too :) Have a great weekend!

    7. What a gorgeous treat, I personally love something with layers.

    8. I am so going to give these a try! They look yummier than anything!

      I have enjoyed snooping around your blog so much!

      You are totally inspiring.

    9. These looks so delicious and here I am on a diet. Ugh! I love any thing that has the word praline in it. Thanks for sharing.

    10. I was older when I went back to school. I graduated from the nursing program with Jen.

    11. Oh no.
      These look delicious. I knew they would when I saw the thumbnail and almost dreaded coming...

      I have a weakness for cheesecake.
      And for pralines.

      btw, I did turn my camera on myself not long ago. You were fortunate enough to be in transition and miss it. I wasn't in pajamas and bedhead, but it's not much better. I look like the unibomber.

    12. Gnee -- these sound and look so good. I always like to come by and see what yummies you are making. Joni

    13. Oh wow, I love the sound of this! What a delicious treat.

      Best wishes,

    14. Three words - praline. caramel. cheesecake. HELLO! I'm in!!

      Happy FF

    15. YUM! These look amazing.

      I'd love to have you share this recipe with Sweet Tooth Friday!

    16. Droooooool...who doesn't love Caramel?!
      Thx for sharing.
      would love you to drop in and share here too:

    17. MMMMMMMMMM! Those sound delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

      Also, I have a great Dove chocolate giveaway going on right now and would love if stopped by and entered:

      ~Katie @ Eye Spy DIY

    18. Those look delicious! I'm visiting from Funky Junks link party and following you now. Thanks for sharing!

    19. These look absolutely delicious! found you through Tatertots and jello!

    20. I just discovered your blog through the Saturday Blog Hop. What a delicious looking recipe... and what a lovely blog in general. Just signed up as a GFC follower. I hope you'll follow mine too ;-)


    21. OMGOSH...I want one...right now!
      I am taking this to our home fellowship group tomorrow night. I know they will eat pan and all.
      They, like all of us, LOVE sweets.
      O, and here I am, 73 yrs. old, and had no idea how to make toffee bits. Thanks SO much for that tip. I am thrilled to learn it.
      xoxo bj
      good luck on my giveaway.:)

    22. Oh my stars! These look and sound delish ~ and making the toffee sounds easy too. You are a fabulous cook and I always look forward to recipes you share.

      Hope you're having a fabulous weekend!

    23. These look amazing! Thanks for sharing!

    24. Hey,'ve made me drool. ;-) I would love it if you would link this up to my blog party, A Marvelous Mess. At each party I will pick one project to feature on my sidebar for a week!! Here is the link:

    25. love this! recipe bookmarked. so excited to try this, who doesn't love praline desserts? only crazy people!

    26. Gnee, I made these for a Young Women/Grandma "tea party" and they were a hit. I gave out the recipe and your site address to several. Thank you!

    27. these look awesome how delicious

    28. this looks delicious. I'm your newest follower visit my blog and follow me at

    29. Hi
      Just wanted to let you know that I “ Featured” you on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Blog Hop today for your great project & inspiration! Be sure to grab the “I was featured” on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Button/Code for your sidebar! You deserve it! Have a WONDERFUL Week!!

    30. Yum. These look so delicious. I wish I could pop one in my mouth right now! Thanks for sharing. I am a new follower. :)
      Humble Homemaking

    31. incredible recipe! anything with praline calls me by name! now following after finding you on one of the tuesday blog hops......hope you can stop by my blog, follow back and join all of us on my weekend blog get-together! blessings, roz at la bella vita!


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