Salted Caramel Butter Bars

I about died when I saw how much butter was used for this recipe. I had my husband check and double check amounts and conversions before adding 4 sticks of butter to my bowl. Let me tell you, though, they are weak-in-the-knees delicious.
Photo by Heidi M.
Adapted from pipandebby.com

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

16

servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

16

servings

Adapted from pipandebby.com

Ingredients

  • 4

    sticks (1 pound) salted butter, room temperature

  • 1

    cup white sugar

  • 1 1/2

    cups confectioners’ sugar

  • 2

    tablespoons vanilla

  • 4

    cups all-purpose flour

  • One

    14 ounce bag caramel candies, unwrapped

  • 1/3

    cup heavy whipping cream

  • 1/2

    teaspoon vanilla

  • 1

    tablespoon coarse sea salt

Directions

In a large bowl, combine butter and sugars. Using hand-held mixer on medium speed, beat together until creamy. Add vanilla and beat until combined. Sift the flour into the butter mixture and beat on low speed until a smooth soft dough forms. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Press one half of the dough evenly into the pan to form a bottom crust. Place remaining dough in refrigerator. Bake until firm and edges are pale golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes. While the bottom crust is baking and the remaining dough is chilling, make the caramel filling. Place the caramels in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the cream and vanilla, and 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. Pour the caramel filling over the crust. Sprinkle the salt over top. Remove remaining dough from 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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