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Caramel Shortbread Bars

caramel shortbread barsI was introduced to the buttery flaky happiness of shortbread cookies last fall, and I promised myself that I would return to them in a new recipe. Instead of baking them in cookie form, I baked these in a pan and then covered them with dulce de leche caramel and a chocolate glaze. They are AMAZINGLY good. Really. That good. Look at the pictures…. they are THAT GOOD.

Caramel Shortbread bars

 

You can make your own dulce de leche using a can of sweetened condensed milk (here’s my recipe for that)- or you can just buy a couple cans of it. I always find it in the Hispanic food section of my local grocery (they have it at WalMart there too). I bought cans for this creation- easy and sooooooo yummy.

Here’s how we made these! (printable recipe here)

INGREDIENTS:

Cookie base:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder

Toppings:

  • 2 cans (13.4 oz. each) of dulce de leche I used La Lechera by Nestle
  • 1 cup of dark chocolate chips
  • 6 Tablespoons of butter

DIRECTIONS:

  • Place 1 cup of unsalted butter and powdered sugar into a mixing bowl and using a mixer, beat until light and fluffy (think buttercream frosting…!)
  • Add vanilla and mix until well combined.
  • Add flour and baking powder to butter/sugar mixture and beat on low speed until incorporated well (don’t over-beat this).
  • Press into a standard 9×13″ cake pan that’s been lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Bake at 350F degrees for 12-15 minutes until slightly browned on top and firm at center.
  • Cool completely.
  • Pour cans of caramel over the top and smooth.
  • Melt chocolate chips with 6 Tablespoons of butter. Stir to mix well and pour over top of caramel layer. Smooth top.
  • Before top hardens, if desired, drizzle with white chocolate and pull lines back and forth with a toothpick to make design shown.
  • Chill for at least an hour before cutting.
  • Enjoy!!

Caramel Shortbread

My thoughts: YUM!!!  I love shortbread, I love caramel, and I love chocolate! These are fabulous cookie bars! 🙂 Be sure to use dark chocolate chips to keep the “sweet” factor down. If you want just a touch of caramel, use one can of La Lechera instead of two. I wanted a big layer of caramel in my cookies- but you might want more cookie and less topping. I hope you get a chance to try these!!!  ~Enjoy!!! 

Caramel Shortbreads

Other caramel deliciousness here: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Inside-out Caramel Apple!!Salted Caramel Cookie Cup!!!Caramel Coconut CupcakesCaramel Gelato5

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Key Lime Cookie Bars

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These delicious cookie bars have white chocolate and coconut on the bottom and key lime pie filling with whipped cream on top.  Such a refreshing treat for summer!

I love key lime pie. I love cookies. These smash those two worlds together into a sweet and tart summer dessert! Love it!

Key Lime Cookie Bars

Here’s how we made it: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

Cookie base:

  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 1/3c. oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs

Key lime topping:

  • 1 cup of lime juice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 can (14oz) of sweetened condensed milk
  • One tub of cool whip, or 2 cups of whipping cream, whipped.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat the oven to 350F degrees
  • In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix, oil and eggs well.
  • Add chips, coconut and graham crumbs, and mix together with clean hands until well- combined.
  • Press mixture into a greased cake pan and bake for 10 minutes at 350F degrees.
  • While this is baking, make key lime topping.
  • Mix together lime juice, condensed milk and one egg until well combined.
  • Pour over partially baked cookies and return to oven for another 20 minutes.
  • Cool completely and top with whipped topping, sprinkle with  graham crumbs, if desired.
  • Chill until serving, but allow dessert to return to room temperature before serving.
  • Enjoy!

Key Lime Cookie Bars4My thoughts: Sweet and fruity and white chocolatey….what is not to like here??? I love the sweet and tart balance of these little desserts and they just LOOK like summer! Enjoy! ~r
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Other refreshing summer treats: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Caramel Gelato!!!Kool Aid PieRaspberry Lemon Cream Cups!!!Root Beer Float Cupcakes!!!

 

 

Peppermint Crunch Bars

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Crispy bars of fudge and peppermint topped with a chocolate glaze.

(I told you I would have to try another recipe with those wonderful little Kraft Mallow Bits!!)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 (8oz) package of Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 4 c. semi sweet chocolate chips (divided)
  • 4 c. crisp rice cereal
  • 2 c. peppermint Mallow bits
  • 12 T butter

DIRECTIONS:

  • Melt 2 c. of chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments until completely melted and smooth.
  • Soften cream cheese in microwave until smooth and creamy.
  • Combine soft cream cheese and melted chocolate.
  • Add crisp rice cereal and mallow bits(save a few to sprinkle on top!).  Stir until completely coated with the chocolate mixture.
  • Press mixture into the bottom of a foil-lined 9 x 13 cake pan.
  • Melt remaining 2 c. of chocolate chips and butter in microwave until smooth.
  • Pour chocolate glaze over the top of peppermint crisps and sprinkle with remaining mallow bits.
  • Refrigerate for a few hours before cutting.  To cut: remove from pan using foil and cut into squares

My thoughts: Easy, fun and YUM!  Enjoy!

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