Cranberry Caramel Slow Cooker Cookie Bars

      

(Weight Watchers Crock Pot Cooking Day 72)

I’ve been a big fan of Cookie Swaps for as long as I can remember.

So, this year I decided to participate in the Third Annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, hosted by, Love & and Olive Oil and The Little Kitchen.

To participate, I made a $4.00 donation to Cookies for Kid’s Cancer, a non-profit organization that raises money for pediatric cancer research. As a Thank You, OXO sent me 3 colorful heat resistant spatulas.

I was then given the names of three fellow food bloggers, Meghan from Spoonful of Flour, Allison from What This Mamma Eats, and Mandy from Kitchen Joy.

I sent each of them a dozen of my homemade  Cranberry Caramel Slow Cooker Cookie Bars, an easy and delicious no bake cookie, for which I used my slow cooker to melt the caramel.

Slow Cooker Cookie Bars

Slow Cooker Cranberry Caramel Cookie Bars

In return, I received a dozen cookies each from three other food bloggers. Chocolate Chip Cookies from Cristina of Cupcake and Bacon, Molasses Cookies from Chelsea of This Grand Adventure  and Dark Chocolate Sour Cream Crinkle Cookies from Stacie of The Divine Miss Mommy.

How fun is that?

Slow Cooker Cookie Bars Cooke Swap Collage

It took me a while to choose these Cranberry Caramel Slow Cooker Cookie Bars as the cookies I should share. I knew I wanted a recipe for which I could use the slow cooker, that would travel well and taste great.

So I turned to Camilla Saulsbury’s The Ultimate Shortcut Cookie Book: More Than 800 Scrumptious Recipes that Start with Refrigerated Cookie Dough, Cake Mix, Brownie Mix, or Ready-to-Eat Cereal, selecting these cranberry caramel slow cooker cookie bars from dozens that I thought would work.

The perfect combination of sweet, chewy, tart and crunchy, Rod gave them an enthusiastic endorsement. My mom and sister approved too.

And melting the caramel in the slow cooker made these cranberry caramel slow cooker cookie bars such a breeze to make.

Enjoy!

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Cranberry Caramel Slow Cooker Cookie Bars
 
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Cranberry Caramel Slow Cooker Cookie Bars, a sweet and crunchy delicious no bake cookie we all loved
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 36
Ingredients
  • 1 package (11 ounces) caramels, unwrapped (I used the caramel bits that don’t need unwrapping!)
  • ½ cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 1-1/2 sleeves saltine crackers 1 package (11 ounces) caramels, unwrapped (I used the caramel bits that don’t need unwrapping!)
  • ½ cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 1-1/2 sleeves saltine crackers (about 58), coarsely broken
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped, roasted, lightly salted almonds, divided
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
Instructions
  1. Place the unwrapped caramels and butter in your slow cooker. (I used my 2-Quart.) Cover and cook on low 2 to 3 hours, until melted, stirring every 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. Lightly coat a 13 x 9-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the broken crackers, white chocolate chips, marshmallows, cranberries and half of the chopped almonds. Set aside.
  4. When the caramels are melted and the mixture is well blended, stir in the almond extract. Pour the warm caramel mixture over the cracker mixture and toss to coat well.
  5. Working quickly, press the mixture into the prepared pan, pressing down with a square of wax paper.
  6. Sprinkle evenly with the reserved chopped almonds, pressing them down gently.
  7. Cover and refrigerate until completely, cooled, about 30 minutes.
  8. Cut into 36 bars.
  9. Store in covered containers between layers of wax paper.
Martha’s Notes
Nutrition Estimates Per Serving (1 bar): 181 calories, 8 g fat, 24 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein and *5 Points Plus

 

If you liked Cranberry Caramel Slow Cooker Cookie Bars you might also like:

Crock Pot Rice Krispie Treats
Slow Cooker Chex Party Mix
Weight Watchers Chocolate Chip Cookies with Salted Peanuts

*PointsPlus® for cranberry caramel slow cooker cookie bars calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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