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    Chocolate-Caramel Swirl Bars:
    Makes 16 bars

    2/3 c.soft shortening,plus more for greasing the pan
    1&1/2 c.light brown sugar,firmly packed
    2 T.water
    1 tsp.vanilla
    2 eggs
    1&1/2 c.all-purpose flour
    1/3 c.unsweetened cocoa
    1/2 tsp.salt
    1/4 tsp.baking soda
    1(14oz.)bag caramels(40-45 pieces)
    1 c.semi-sweet chocolate chips

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Grease a 9"x13"baking dish w/shortening,set aside.

    In a large bowl,cream the shortening & sugar w/1T. of water & the vanilla,using an electric mixer on medium speed.Beat in the eggs.

    In a separate bowl,whisk together the flour,cocoa,salt & baking soda.Mix into the creamed mixture at low speed just till blended.

    Place the caramels & the remaining 1 T.of water in a microwave safe bowl.Heat in the microwave on full power for 2 minutes,stir.Heat an additional minute if not fully melted.

    Spread half of the cocoa mixture in the prepared pan.Using a rubber spatula,gently spread the caramel evenly over the cocoa mixture.Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the top.Cover w/the remaining cocoa mixture.

    Bake for 25-30 minutes or till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.Cool in the pan on a wire rack.Cut into 16 bars.