These gooey bar cookies are perfectly sweet and savory.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Brush two 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking pans with oil, line with parchment, and oil parchment. Set aside.

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  • Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed stockpot over medium heat. When hot, add popping corn. Cover, and let cook until corn starts to pop. When the popping noises become infrequent, remove stockpot from heat.

  • Transfer popped corn to a large mixing bowl. Using a microwave or double boiler, heat caramel until liquid. Add caramel and peanuts to popcorn; stir with a wooden spoon until all popcorn is coated. Transfer mixture to one of the prepared pans, and, using the back of the spoon, pack mixture as tightly as possible.

  • Bake until caramel darkens, about 20 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Using hot pads, place other prepared pan on top, parchment side down. Invert popcorn into second pan, and transfer to a wire rack to cool. When completely cool and hard, cut into about 36 1 1/2-by-2-inch pieces.

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