If you love salted caramel coffee (Starbucks, anyone?), you are absolutely positively going to love these. They will bring you all the happy feelings that the holidays bring. Your family will love you for making these so try them tonight! I think i shall make these yummy little bars of buttery goodness for the next PTA meeting. It’s always a great way to start a meeting…with sugar! LOL You and your family are going to love this recipe.
I know the author of this recipe absolutely loves them and knows what I mean about the shopping, so check out what she has to say:
“So while you’re driving in circles around the parking lot, you’re probably going to need some sustenance. I highly recommend these Salted Caramel Butter Bars since they’re extremely delicious and make parking-space-seeking bearable… or as bearable as it can get when you’re behind that dude that parks in the middle of the aisle just waiting for anyone to pull out. I hate that guy.”
Personally, i don’t hate anyone, however, grocery store parking lot wars do tend to ruffle my feathers 🙂
2 cups (4 sticks) Land O’ Lakes unsalted butter, softened
1 cup Domino white sugar
1 & ½ cups Domino powdered sugar
1 Tbsp McCormick vanilla extract
4 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour, plus 2 Tbsp
1 (11.5 oz) jar salted caramel sauce (I like Smuckers Brand Simple Delights, but Trader Joe’s Fleur de Sel is great, too!)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 13×9″ baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the Land O’ Lakes butter and Domino sugar until creamy and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the Domino powdered sugar and McCormick vanilla. Lastly, beat in the Gold Medal four (4) cups of flour until a soft dough has formed. Press HALF of the dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Refrigerate the remaining dough.
Bake the crust for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven but keep the oven on. In a small bowl, combine the caramel sauce and remaining 2 Tbsp flour until blended. Pour the caramel mixture evenly into the crust, then crumble the remaining dough on top to cover the caramel layer. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt, and remember that there’s salt in the caramel sauce, too ?
Return to the oven and continue baking for an additional 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and the caramel is bubbly. Cool completely before cutting into squares.
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Quick Tip: These bars go great with a tall glass of milk!
Thank you to The Domestic Rebel for this great recipe.