Salted Caramel Butter Bars

Salted Caramel Butter Bars

Product Code: R0163

This decadent caramel shortbread recipe was created by Shelly of the irresistible dessert blog: Cookies and Cups.   Thanks for sharing your recipe Shelly!

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INGREDIENTS

For the Crust:
1 lb. salted butter room temp
1 cup sugar
1½ cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons Princess Cake and Cookie Bakery Emulsion or vanilla extract
4 cups all purpose flour

For the Filling:
1 bag (14 oz.) caramel candies (about 50 individual caramels), unwrapped
1/3 cup milk or cream
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 T. coarse sea salt (optional)

DIRECTIONS

To make the crust:
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. 
  2. In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugars. Using mixer on medium speed, beat together until creamy. Add the vanilla or emulsion and beat until combined. Sift the flour into the butter mixture and beat on low speed until a smooth soft dough forms. 
  3. Spray a 9×13 inch baking pan lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Press one-third of the dough evenly into the pan to form a bottom crust. Chill remaining dough in the refrigerator for later use. 
  4. Bake crust until firm and the edges are a pale golden brown approx. 20 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack and let cool about 15 minutes. 
  5. While the bottom crust is baking and the remaining dough is chilling, make the caramel filling. Place the unwrapped caramels in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the cream. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and stir until smooth. If caramels are not completely melted, microwave on high for 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval, until smooth. 
  6. Pour the caramel filling over the crust. If you are going to salt the caramel sprinkle it on caramel layer now. 
  7. Remove the remaining chilled dough from the refrigerator and crumble it evenly over the caramel. Return the pan to the oven and bake until the filling is bubbly and the crumbled shortbread topping is firm and lightly golden, about 25–30 minutes. 
  8. Let cool before cutting into squares.

Salted Caramel Butter Bars


Salted Caramel Butter Bars
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Buttery shortbread bars with a gooey, sweet caramel center.
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. salted butter room temp
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Princess Cake and Cookie Bakery Emulsion or vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 bag (14 oz.) caramel candies (about 50 individual caramels), unwrapped
  • 1/3 cup milk or cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 T. coarse sea salt (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 325°F.2. In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugars. Using mixer on medium speed, beat together until creamy. Add the vanilla or emulsion and beat until combined. Sift the flour into the butter mixture and beat on low speed until a smooth soft dough forms.3. Spray a 9×13 inch baking pan lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Press one-third of the dough evenly into the pan to form a bottom crust. Chill remaining dough in the refrigerator for later use.4. Bake crust until firm and the edges are a pale golden brown approx. 20 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack and let cool about 15 minutes.5. While the bottom crust is baking and the remaining dough is chilling, make the caramel filling. Place the unwrapped caramels in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the cream. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and stir until smooth. If caramels are not completely melted, microwave on high for 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval, until smooth.6. Pour the caramel filling over the crust. If you are going to salt the caramel sprinkle it on caramel layer now.7. Remove the remaining chilled dough from the refrigerator and crumble it evenly over the caramel. Return the pan to the oven and bake until the filling is bubbly and the crumbled shortbread topping is firm and lightly golden, about 25–30 minutes.8. Let cool before cutting into squares.
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