Shortbread Caramel Brownie Bars

Total Time
2hrs
Prep 1 hr
Cook 1 hr

These don't last long at my house.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 12 cups butter
  • 2 12 cups flour
  • 1 14 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 12 ounces individually wrapped soft caramels, such as Kraft
  • 14 cup whole milk
  • 10 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 12 teaspoon baking powder
  • 14 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Cut 1 cup of the butter into chunks. In the bowl of a food processor, combine 2°C of the flour, 1/2°C sugar, the cornstarch and the butter chunks. Whirl until dough comes together. Press evenly over the bottom of a buttered 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Bake in a 325° oven until top feels dry and is just beginning to brown, about 25 minutes. Let cool completely.
  2. Meanwhile, unwrap caramels and place them in a microwave-safe bowl with milk. Cook in microwave on full power for 1 minute. Stir mixture, then cook and stir at 30-second intervals until melted and smooth, about 3 minutes longer. Spread caramel mixture evenly over cooled crust and chill until firm, about 20 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water (bottom of bowl should not touch water), stir chocolate and remaining 1/2°C butter often until melted and smooth. Remove bowl from over water and, with a whisk or a mixer on medium speed, beat in remaining 3/4°C sugar, eggs and vanilla until well blended. Stir in remaining 1/2°C flour, baking powder and salt until well blended.
  4. Pour chocolate mixture over caramel layer and use a knife or spatula to spread level, completely covering caramel.
  5. Bake in a 350° oven until a wooden skewer inserted into the chocolate layer comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool completely, then cut into 24 bars.
Most Helpful

These are really good and very easy (though a little time consuming with the steps). If I make them again, I think I might add some semi-sweet mini chips to the shortbread--I also may just make the brownie with the caramel swirled in as I thought the brownie and the caramel were the best parts of the bar. Thank you for a good recipe!

Dwynnie October 11, 2013

Serve these with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and homemade caramel sauce: FANTASTIC!

laumiller March 09, 2011

These are unbelievable! They are fairly simple to make, too; they just take a little bit of time. It doesn't matter, because they're worth it! We just love them. Thanks for the fantastic treat!

bricookie55 March 02, 2008