Shortbread Caramel Brownie Bars

James Carrier

Yes, you can have your brownie, shortbread and caramel and eat it, too. Wait, that's not how that goes?

Yield: Makes 24 bars
Recipe from Sunset

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 322
  • Calories from fat: 50%
  • Protein: 3.8g
  • Fat: 18g
  • Saturated fat: 10g
  • Carbohydrate: 39g
  • Fiber: 0.6g
  • Sodium: 200mg
  • Cholesterol: 58mg

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (3/4 lb.) butter
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 12 ounces individually wrapped soft caramels, such as Kraft
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 10 ounce bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Preparation

  1. 1. Cut 1 cup butter into chunks. In the bowl of a food processor, combine 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch, and the butter chunks. Whirl until dough comes together. Press evenly over the bottom of a buttered 9- by 13-inch baking pan. Bake in a 325° regular or convection oven until top feels dry and is just beginning to brown, about 25 minutes. Let cool completely.
  2. 2. Meanwhile, unwrap caramels and place in a microwave-safe bowl with milk. Cook in a microwave oven on full power (100%) 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. 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 cup 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 cup sugar, eggs, and vanilla until well blended. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup flour, baking powder, and salt until well blended.
  4. 4. Pour chocolate mixture over caramel layer and use a knife or spatula to spread level, completely covering caramel.
  5. 5. Bake in a 350° regular or convection 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.
  6. Nutritional analysis per bar.
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