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Nutty Nougat Caramel Bites

Nutty Nougat Caramel Bites
Makes:
90 servings (2 pieces per serving)
Prep Time:
15
minutes
Total Time:
45
minutes
based on
116 reviews
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!

In this recipe:



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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.


Reviews:

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  •  Star(s)

    Not quick but worth it!

    L Grant from OR

    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!

  •  Star(s)

    AWESOME BARS!

    Kris Gradin from Parkers Prairie, MN

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

  •  Star(s)

    Nougat Caramel Bites

    Pamela Diefenderfer from Culpeper, VA

    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.

  •  Star(s)

    Very Good - Very Time Consuming

    Tina Walkling from Oakland, MD

    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.

  •  Star(s)

    Family Loved These

    Robin Lee from Yelm, WA

    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.

  •  Star(s)

    CANDY COOKIES

    JAN LARSON from Boone, IA

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

  •  Star(s)

    Nutty Nougat Caramel Bites

    Doris Hancock from HOMESTEAD, FL

    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.

  •  Star(s)

    Rich and yummy!!!

    marilyn vancamp from Waterford, MI

    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.

  •  Star(s)

    pretty darned good

    Louetta Nicolle from TORRANCE, CA

    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.

  •  Star(s)

    Nutty Nougat Caramel Bites

    patricia johnson from LUFKIN, TX

    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.

  •  Star(s)

    A winner

    Penny Cobb from Bailey, NC

    This candy treat is a delicious combination of textures and flavors. I got good reviews from my family and plan to send some to friends and family. I like the large yield and they really weren't that hard to make.

  •  Star(s)

    "deliious & wonderful"

    Sudha Hariharan from Toronto, ON

    I was surprised as my husband suddenly asked me if I had gone shopping after he had just had a morsel of this delicacy. When I knew his reason behind asking was in these wonderful and delicious "bites",my happiness knew no bounds as I felt very proud as well as thankful to Nestle's at the same time.

  •  Star(s)

    nutty nougat caramel bites

    elaine hilton from Little Falls, NJ

    Delicious! Takes a little time to make, but definately worth the wait. Rich and creamy. Make some today!

  •  Star(s)

    Great!

    Carol Bedford from MEXICO, MO

    I took this to a meeting, and everyone loved it. Several people asked to share the recipe, which I was more than happy to do.

  •  Star(s)

    carmel bites

    freda jansen from PAYNESVILLE, MN

    they were very good everyone loved them

  •  Star(s)

    Nutty Nougat Caramel Bites

    Denise Middleton from HEMET, CA

    This is a very easy recipe to follow. It is very rich and delicious. It is a good recipe for a bake sale and makes quite a bit per batch. I will be making this often.

  •  Star(s)

    Ah the taste of caramel

    PATTY SHEA from HIGHLAND MILLS, NY

    The family thoroughly enjoyed this one! Quick, easy and truly scrumptios

  •  Star(s)

    Delicious!

    Jan Wilkins from BLYTHEVILLE, AR

    These were the needed finish to the New years Day Football Feast! They were so good, so the time it took to make them was worthwhile!

  •  Star(s)

    Nutty Nougat Caramel Bites

    PAT WUESTENBERG from WATERTOWN, WI

    Super easy and tastes like a candy bar. Excellant for a potluck. Will make this again.

  •  Star(s)

    excellent

    Louise Baldauff from OLD FORGE, PA

    Great!!!!! I love carmel, it is a real easy treat, and fun to eat.

  •  Star(s)

    Nutty Nougat Caramel Bites

    RITA NORDIN from BAYFIELD, WI

    This is an excellent recipe. My family loves it. And making it in layers has given me time to do other things while it cools.

  •  Star(s)

    Cookie Exchange

    Laurel DeWalt from RAVENNA, OH

    I made a batch to try and they are excellent! They were so good that I made another batch to have enough to use for my cookie exchange with the girls from work. I used vanilla pudding instead of butterscotch. Very tasty!

  •  Star(s)

    WOW!

    cindy peters from STEVENS POINT, WI

    This the only word I can use to describe it. My family loves this recipe. My sons were ready to fight for the last few. A co-worker called them a "Bite of Heaven". Everyone who tried a bite was speechless for a few seconds. A moan of pleasure was all they could get out. This is definitely a recipe I will save and make often.

  •  Star(s)

    Nutty Nougat Caramel Bites

    Norma Jones from ROBSTOWN, TX

    Nutty Nougat Caramel Bites is a winner. Its very appreciated in my home. Its A+++++++++++++++

  •  Star(s)

    Very Rich

    Andrea Murkin from Lees Summit, MO

    These are very tummy enticing and time consuming. I do believe the next time I make them it will be with vanilla pudding and maybe peanut butter chips. However, my caramel is rock hard. I am not sure if I did something wrong, or if this is how it is supposed to be. In all, I will absolutely make them again.

  •  Star(s)

    One word: Yum!

    Tara Ellison from North Liberty, IA

    This is the gooiest dessert I've ever made. My friends were ooing and ahhing over it. I skipped the nuts and doubled the chocolate topping for an extra rich treat. I can't wait to make it again!

  •  Star(s)

    Very Rich

    Nicole Redmond from HARRISON TOWNSHIP, MI

    This was a time consuming but fantastic treat. Everyone who tried one came back for more.

  •  Star(s)

    Nutty Nougat carmael Bites

    Karol Gilliam from Chickasha, OK

    I have the pleasure of eating these wonderful carmel bites. Make them for a family event and get rave reviews.

  •  Star(s)

    Flavor Combinations

    LaVern Bailey from DUNCANVILLE, TX

    The flavor combinations in these bars are out of this world. This one is a keeper.

  •  Star(s)

    Time consuming, but tastes great

    R. Pendergrass from GLENDALE, AZ

    This recipe takes a good amount of time to make, but it is well worth it. I used vanilla pudding instead of butterscotch the second time i made it, & it wasn't as sweet as it is when you use the butterscotch. We liked it better with the vanilla pudding. It's a big hit at our house.

  •  Star(s)

    Nutty Nougat Goodness

    tray sayama from SAN JOSE, CA

    These bars are so chewy and delicious! Anything chewy and chocolate/caramel flavored is always GREAT!!!

  •  Star(s)

    Nutty Nougat Bars

    Toni Markiewicz from PARMA, OH

    These were really good, very sweet....maybe try using instant vanilla pudding mix in place of butterscotch pudding mix. Great recipe to try on a Snowy or Rainy baking day!

  •  Star(s)

    THIS IS NOT ONLY FOR CHRISTMAS

    Mariana Cisneros from BERWYN, IL

    THIS RECIPE I ENJOY MAKING FOR CHRISTMAS BUT EVERY TIME A MEMBER OF MY FAMILY HAS A BIRTHDAY THEY ASK, "IF YOU WANT TO GIVE ME SOMETHING EXTRA GIVE ME THOSE NUTTY NOUGAT CARAMEL BITES" IS JUST A HIT IN THE WHOLE FAMILY!

  •  Star(s)

    A little effort goes a long way

    Jeanine Dormire from PORT ORANGE, FL

    I included this recipe as part of my Christmas cookie tins to hand out this year and it was a big hit. It took a little bit of time, but I enjoyed every minute. The recipe was very easy to follow and everyone loved them. I will definitely make them again.

  •  Star(s)

    nutty nougat caramel bites

    cheryl shimko from port angeles, WA

    really really good

  •  Star(s)

    So easy to make

    Connie Noel from

    I`m not crazy about marshmallows and butterscotch but I took one bite of that recipe and couldn't stop. It's also a very sweet dessert. I put tapioca instead of vanilla pudding.

  •  Star(s)

    Nutty Nougat Caramel Bites

    Carole Finney from Harrisville, OH

    These bars are very good, but they are really time consuming to make. You almost have to start them early in the morning if you want to do anything else that day

  •  Star(s)

    great!

    Jeng Mijares from Laguna, CA

    That's Great!

  •  Star(s)

    nutty nougat caramel bites

    Toni Reale from Monroe, MI

    this recipe is a little time consuming but its worth the time and effort that it takes to make it the end results are very good...

  •  Star(s)

    Excellent

    laurie from north weymouth, MA

    These are absolutely delicous they take awhile to make but they are worth it once you take your first bite !

  •  Star(s)

    YUMMY!

    laurie Luthe from north weymouth, MA

    I make these for very special occasional like Thanksgiving and Christmas because they a time consuming but they are yummy and everyone loves them .

  •  Star(s)

    Yummy

    Erin Roettger from Stillwater, MN

    These bars are very very good! They do take quite awhile to make, but the good thing is, is that they can be made in steps. I would definately try these bars!!

  •  Star(s)

    Hard

    sabra quinton from springfield, PA

    There were too many ingredients to make this recipe easy. They were very tasty, but it took about three tries for me to get them to turn out right.

  •  Star(s)

    Nutty Nougat Caramel Bars

    Vickie Luker from Robbinsdale, MN

    These bars are excellent and very rich! A little piece goes a long way.

  •  Star(s)

    Nutty Nougat Caramel Bites

    Linda Droogsma from Milaca, MN

    Absolutely wonderful. Everyone who tastes them just loves them. I have given the recipe out to 20 people and more can't wait for me to make them again.

  •  Star(s)

    nutty nougat caramel bites

    Arlyn Higdon from Bowling Green, KY

    Absolutely divine.

  •  Star(s)

    Nutty Nougat Caramel Bites

    Laurie Scarborough from Sellersville, PA

    Good and fattening!!!

  •  Star(s)

    Oh my god.....

    Lili Alvarez from San Diego, CA

    These are sinful. I thought it would take me forever to make but it didn't.

  •  Star(s)

    Delicious

    Jacquelyn Divers from Salem, VA

    I have never had so many people request a copy of a recipe. People love these Nutty Nougat Caramel Bites. I took them to a church function several weeks ago. I am still getting requests from people for the recipe. Took some to a lunch at work. Think everyone that had one asked for the recipe. This is a great treat. However you must remember to have plenty of time to make them.

  •  Star(s)

    Yum

    Pam Morgan from Knoxville, TN

    These were wonderful!!!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/90 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 90 

  • Calories: 140
  • Calories from Fat: 60
  • Total Fat: 7g (11% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 3.5g (18% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 10mg (3% of DV)
  • Sodium: 115mg (5% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 17g (6% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 0g (0% of DV)
  • Sugars: 13g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Vitamin A: 2% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 0% of DV
  • Calcium: 2% of DV
  • Iron: 2% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Nutty Nougat Caramel Bites

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.

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