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We love dessert. But we don’t often go too crazy about what goes into our desserts. The ingredients, especially the quantities, are pretty standard. However, that is not the case with this recipe. Salted caramel butter bars taste buttery. These bars are made with a buttery golden shortbread crust and topping and a rich, creamy salted caramel filling. They will keep you hooked for life. Although it may look simple, the taste is a whole new level.
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 pound (4 sticks) salted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
50-60 caramel candies, wrappers removed (14 oz. bag)
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 tablespoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350º F and lightly grease a 9×13-inch dish with non-stick spray.
For the crust, cream together butter and sugars in a large bowl for 3-5 minutes, or until fluffy and lightened in color.
Mix in vanilla extract, then gradually beat in flour until just incorporated, when smooth dough comes together.
Take 1/3 dough and gently press it into greased baking dish, then place in oven and bake for 20 minutes.
Wrap remaining dough tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate until further use.
Remove crust from oven when golden brown and let cool.
Place unwrapped caramels and heavy cream in a large, microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute.
Stir vigorously, or until smooth. If not melted after 1 minute, microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between, until smooth.
Stir in vanilla extract, then pour caramel over cooled crust, sprinkling sea salt over the top.
Remove chilled dough from fridge and crumble pieces evenly over caramel-topped crust.
Once you’ve used all dough, place baking dish in oven and bake for 26-28 minutes, or until top crumble is light golden brown.
Remove baking dish from oven and let cool completely, then cut into squares and enjoy!