One square Salted Caramel Butter Bar leaning on another.



Yes these Salted Caramel Butter Bars are rich. Yes they are supremely buttery. Yes, they melt in your mouth. No, you cannot just eat one. They are just that amazingly good.

Yes these Salted Caramel Butter Bars are rich. Yes they are supremely buttery. Yes, they melt in your mouth. No, you cannot just eat one. They are just that amazingly good.

Salted Caramel Butter Bars

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Inactive Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours

Yes these Salted Caramel Butter Bars are rich. Yes they are supremely buttery. Yes, they melt in your mouth. No, you cannot just eat one. They are just that amazingly good.

Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 1 lb. butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 4 cups flour

For the Filling:

  • 1 bag (14 oz.) caramel candies (about 50 individual caramels), unwrapped
  • 1/3 cup milk or cream or half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt


Instructions

  1. 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. Add flour and mix until smooth.
  2. 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.
  3. Place remaining crust mixture in the refrigerator
  4. Preheat oven to 325F.
  5. Bake crust until firm and the edges are a pale golden brown approximately 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool about 15 minutes.
  6. While the bottom crust is baking and the remaining dough is chilling, make the caramel filling. Place the unwrapped caramels in a saucepan, add the cream and vanilla and cook and stir over low to medium heat until completely melted. (You can also use the microwave in short bursts to melt the caramel mixture.)
  7. Pour the caramel filling over the crust. Generously salt with sea salt.
  8. Remove the remaining chilled dough from the refrigerator and crumble it evenly over the caramel. You may find the chilled dough doesn’t “crumble” that easily. If so, just place on a cutting board and chop into the
  9. size pieces you want for the topping.
  10. 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.
  11. Let cool, and cut into squares.
Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1 bar (3"x4")
Amount Per Serving Calories 563Total Fat 32gSaturated Fat 20gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 85mgSodium 778mgCarbohydrates 63gFiber 1gSugar 31gProtein 5g

Nutrition data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix, and should only be used as a general guideline. This information is provided as a courtesy and there is no guarantee that the information will be completely accurate.



Recipe and Photo: The Merlin Menu / CC BY

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. How much milk cream or half and half really go in this recipe? The recipe has a question mark in front of the ingredient. Anybody know?

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