Caramel Shortbread Bars

Happy Tuesday! 

I want to share with you this simple yet delicious recipe. I am a HUGE fan of salted caramel and this recipe is exactly that! It's easy to make and is perfect for any occasion all year round. I didn't sprinkle salt on top because of the salted butter. If you are not a fan of salted caramel or if you only have unsalted butter, feel free to use that. It still comes out great. 

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INGREDIENTS:

-for shortbread

4 Cups flour

1 Cup white sugar

1 1/2 Cup powdered sugar

1 lb salted butter (2 Cups) 

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

-for caramel 

14oz bag of soft caramels (like Kraft)  

1/3 Cup Half and Half or heavy cream

 

DIRECTIONS: 

Preheat the oven to 325F. In a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until fluffy. Slowly add vanilla extract and flour until combined. 

Press half of the dough into a greased 9X13 pan. bake until light brown- about 15 minutes. While that is in the oven, make the caramel.

In a medium saucepan, add caramels and half and half. stir until combined- about 5 minutes. 

Remove dough from the oven and pour caramel mixture over it evenly. Then drop the remaining dough piece by piece over the caramel mixture. Return to the oven for about 30 minutes- when the top is firm. Let it cool completely and serve!

 

** it is important that you let it cool completely because the caramel stays very hot!!