Whoever first thought of combining salt and caramel is an evil genius. The two pair so well together it's crazy.
This bar comes together fairly easily and tastes like heaven.
If you could slice out a piece of heaven...I am about 99% sure this is what it would taste like.
I saw this first on Pinterest and just had to try it. I am so glad I did!! Thanks to Cookie and Cups for creating these and Pinning them.
Salted Caramel Butter Bars
(Slightly Adapted from Cookie and Cups)
2 cups butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla
4 cups flour
1 14 oz bag caramels, unwrapped (About 40 - 50 individually wrapped)
1/3 cup whipping cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp coarse sea salt
Preheat oven to 325. Line a 9 X 13 pan with parchment paper, spray lightly with cooking spray.
Prepare crust - In a large bowl, combine butter and sugars. Using a stand or hand mixer, beat until creamy. Add in vanilla and beat until combined. Mix in flour until a soft dough forms.
Press half of the dough into the prepared 9 X 13 pan. Refrigerate remaining half of dough.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven while you prepare the caramels.
Prepare caramel layer - Place the caramel in a microwave safe bowl. Add the cream and vanilla, and microwave for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and stir until smooth. If caramels are not completely melted, microwave at 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until smooth.
Pour the caramel filling over the cooked crust (Do your best to pour it evenly over crust as it is very difficult to spread). Sprinkle salt over the top. Removing remaining dough from fridge and crumble it evenly over the caramel.
Return the pan to the oven and bake until filling is bubbly and the topping is firm and golden brown. About 25 - 30 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.
These sold very well at the bake sale Sue and I made them for. I think pretty much anything with the words "Salted Caramel" in them would sell well at a bake sale.
My tasting crew at work raved about them.
I may have eaten one or two...you know....just for quality control.
You could, of course, make your own caramel for the middle but you don't have to. As it is, it is AMAZING!
Probably one of the best squares/bars I have tasted.