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Nutty Nougat Caramel Cookies Recipe
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Nutty Nougat Caramel Cookies

2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
3 1/2 ounces butterscotch pudding mix (instant)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
8 ounces butterscotch chips

1/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup evaporated milk
7 ounces marshmallow cream
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups coarse chopped salted peanuts

14 ounces caramels, unwrapped
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

1 cup milk chocolate chips
1/3 cup butterscotch chips
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

FOR COOKIE BASE: Preheat oven to 350F. 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.

MELT milk chocolate morsels, 1/3 cup butterscotch morsels and peanut butter in medium, microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth. 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 1-inch pieces. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

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