Salted Carmel Butter Bars

Oh my goodness. That’s really all I have to say about these bars. Make them and be happy, it’s as simple as that.

We decided to make these Salted Carmel Bars to take to my grandmas for her birthday dinner, and boy were they a hit.

They took a while to make, but the effort was totally worth it.

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Here are the ingredients: 

For the shortbread:

1 lb. salted butter room temp (4 sticks)
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla
4 cups all-purpose flour

For the filling:

1 bag (14 oz.) caramel candies, unwrapped
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon coarse sea salt

Here’s the instructions: 

Preheat oven to 325°.

In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugars. Using mixer on medium speed, beat together until creamy. Add the vanilla and beat until combined. Sift the flour into the butter mixture and beat on low speed until a smooth soft dough forms.

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. Wrap remaining dough in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator. 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.

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. Once the caramel is melted add in your 1/2 tsp vanilla and stir until combined.

Pour the caramel filling over the crust. If you are going to salt the caramel sprinkle it on caramel layer now. 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. Let cool before cutting into squares.

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There is NOTHING healthy about these cookies. The main ingredients are butter, sugar, and carmel. If you just get passed the fact that they’re probably each 500 calories and just savor every bite, you’ll thank me.

Everyone in my family loved them and asked me to email them the recipe. My grandma suggested we go on Shark Tank and pitch these bars to make them into a business, calling them either “Grandmas Favorite” or “KaceSam Bars.” She’s the cutest. I’m happy she liked them because it was her birthday, after all.

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