This combination of shortbread cookie dough and gooey caramel is a match made in heaven! Whether they’re for a summer BBQ with friends or you’re simply in the mood to indulge in something sweet, these bars will hit the spot. While they’re definitely not diet-friendly (I mean, how can they be with “butter” in their name?), you’ll have to trust me when I say they’re worth every bite.
Caramel Butter Bars | Level: Easy | Serving: 20 bars
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
4 Cups Flour
1 Cup Sugar
1 1/2 Cups Icing Sugar
1 TBSP + 1 TSP Vanilla
2 Cups Salted Butter (1 Brick), Room Temperature
1/3 Cup Milk
1 Bag Caramel Candies
WHAT TO DO
Begin by preheating your oven to 325°F while you prepare your ingredients. Using an electric mixer on low speed, cream together the two sugars and butter until fluffy. Add in 1 TBSP of vanilla, then slowly add in the flour until you’ve created a smooth dough. Divide your dough into thirds and press one-third onto the bottom of a greased 9×13-inch baking tray. Allow the rest of your dough to chill in the fridge while you bake the crust for about 20 minutes. You know that the crust is ready when the edges are golden brown. Allow it to cool for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare your caramel filling by unwrapping the caramels and placing them in a microwave-safe bowl with the milk. Microwave on High for one minute and then stir. Continue to microwave caramel on High for 30 second intervals until completely smooth and creamy, then add in 1/2 TSP Vanilla. Once the crust has finished baking and has cooled, pour the caramel evenly on top. Take the rest of the chilled dough out of the fridge and crumble it evenly over the caramel. Bake for another 30-35 minutes until golden brown. Let cool, cut into squares, and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from cookies and cups salted caramel bars