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Salted Caramel Butter Cookie Bars

Cookie Bar
Course: Dessert
Servings: 24
Calories: 324kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups salted butter, room temp
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbs vanilla
  • 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour

Filling:

  • 14 oz caramel candies (approx. 50), unwrapped
  • 1/3 cup half & half, or cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • coarse salt (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325°. Spray a 9" x 13" baking pan with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugars. Mix on medium speed until creamy. Add 2 Tbs. Vanilla and combine. Add the sifted flour 1 cup at a time, beat on low until soft dough forms.
  • Press 1/2 of the dough evenly into the pan to form the bottom crust. Cover the remaining crust with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  • Bake crust for 20 minutes, remove from oven and and place on wire rack to cool while preparing the filling.
  • Place the unwrapped caramels and cream in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. Add the 1/2 tsp vanilla. Stir to combine.
  • Pour the caramel filling over the crust. Lightly sprinkle coarse salt over the caramel layer if desired.
  • Remove the chilled dough from the refrigerator and crumble evenly over the caramel layer.
  • Return pan to oven and bake 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. Cool before cutting into squares.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 178mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 492IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg