I had company over for dinner the other night, and wanted to make an easy – and new – dessert for after the meal. I had all the ingredients out for S’mores Bars, but realized at the last moment that I didn’t have enough chocolate…so I turned to another recipe that I had been wanting to make, modified it pretty significantly to make it totally easy, and voila! This was a total hit, and we’re definitely making these again.
OK, these are NOT low fat. But they are to-die-for delicious! I would recommend making these for a group or a party or else you might find yourself eating the whole batch by yourself (which would end up being quite fattening).
- 1 lb. (as in a whole box, 4 sticks) real butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1½ cups powdered sugar
- 2 Tbs vanilla
- 4 cups flour
- 1 (14 oz) jar ice cream caramel (such as Hershey's - make sure it's thick "real" caramel and not the stuff that you squirt on your ice cream)
- 1 T. coarse sea salt (you can reduce this if you don't love bursts of salty flavor)
- Preheat oven to 325°
- In a medium to large bowl, combine the softened butter and both sugars. Using a hand mixer on med-low speed, beat together until creamy. Add the vanilla and beat until combined.
- Add the flour to the butter mixture and beat on low speed until the dough is fully mixed - it will be crumbly and soft.
- Press half of the dough into a 9x13 glass baking dish pan to form a bottom crust. Cover remaining dough and store in refrigerator.
- Bake crust for about 20-25 minutes, until the edges are golden brown. Let crust cool about 15 minutes.
- Spread caramel onto crust. Sprinkle coarse sea salt over the caramel.
- Crumble the reserved crust evenly over the caramel.
- Return to the oven and bake until the topping is firm and light golden brown, about 30 minutes.
- Cool before cutting into squares.
Modified from a recipe found on Cookies and Cups. It’s an awesome recipe, but I wanted to see if it worked with thick ice cream caramel. Why? Because it was easier and I had some in my fridge, of course!
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I haven’t tried that, but I bet it would be delicious! I’d recommend semi sweet or even dark chocolate :)
A coworker made these and they are delicious! I, of course, wanted the recipe, but was wondering if you’ve ever tried adding chocolate chips to the caramel layer? just a thought, but not sure if it would be too rich? Thoughts?
These are AMAZING, the crust is just right, and yes addicting. I added macadamia nuts to the middle layer. Heavenly!
Oops! Can’t believe I left that step out. You sprinkle the sea salt on top of the caramel, before putting the crumble on top. I’ll add that right now. Sorry!
Jennifer Knight says
When do you put the sea salt on?
I know you’ll love them…but beware–they are addicting! You’ve been warned! ;)
Jennifer Sikora says
That looks SO good and you cannot go wrong with caramel and sea salt on anything! I am gonna have to make some of these :)