Magic Caramel Bars

Photo: Alison Gootee

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The Secretly Simple Layer Bars
Bar cookies are a godsend for parties, since you can cut them into whatever size pieces you'd like, depending on the number of guests, and they can keep for days in an airtight container. These caramel bars go a step further toward making your life easier, since the ingredients do most of the work for you. It looks as if you've layered them just so, with a buttery crust on the bottom, followed by chocolate chips, espresso powder, macadamia nuts and coconut caramel sauce—when really you've just piled everything up in the pan, slipped it into the oven and let the pieces slide into a perfect jumble.

Get the recipe: Magic Caramel Bars