Thousand Dollar Bars

Depending on how you cut and coat these bars, you can either have chocolate-y, caramel-y squares, or an extra crisp Twix. Either way, it’s always going to be a good flavor combo!

IMG_4745Ingredients:

Shortbread:

  • 1 cup salted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

Caramel:

  • 2 cups caramel chunks
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream

Chocolate:

  • 3 cups milk or dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening (optional)

To make the shortbread, preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Grease a 9X13″ pan or line with parchment.

Beat together the butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl, then beat in the flour until evenly combined, and no longer appearing powdery-dry.

IMG_4724Press the dough evenly into the pan, then prick all over with a fork.

IMG_4725Bake until golden brown in the center, and deeper brown towards the edges, 35-45 minutes. Remove from the oven and run a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen. Set aside to cool completely.

IMG_4726To make the caramel layer, melt the caramel and cream over low heat in a small saucepan, stirring occasionally until smooth.

IMG_4734Pour the caramel over the cooled crust, then refrigerate 30 minutes.

IMG_4736If you want Twix-shaped bars, cut into thin bars now. For larger bars, leave whole in the pan. Melt the chocolate, adding the shortening if necessary to thin it. Dip the smaller bars and place on wax paper to firm, or for larger bars, pour the chocolate over the caramel layer, place the pan in the fridge until the chocolate sets, and then cut.

IMG_4743 IMG_4744 IMG_4746These bars should be stored in the refrigerator, but let them warm back up to room temperature before serving, as cold caramel can be quite firm!

Thousand Dollar Bars

From King Arthur Flour.

Shortbread:

  • 1 cup salted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

Caramel:

  • 2 cups caramel chunks
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream

Chocolate:

  • 3 cups milk or dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening (optional)

To make the shortbread, preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Grease a 9X13″ pan or line with parchment.

Beat together the butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl, then beat in the flour until evenly combined, and no longer appearing dry. Press the dough evenly into the pan, then prick all over with a fork. Bake until golden brown in the center, and deeper brown towards the edges, 35-45 minutes. Remove from the oven and run a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen. Set aside to cool completely.

To make the caramel layer, melt the caramel and cream over low heat in a small saucepan, stirring occasionally until smooth. Pour the caramel over the cooled crust, then refrigerate 30 minutes.

If you want Twix-shaped bars, cut into thin bars now. For larger bars, leave whole in the pan. Melt the chocolate, adding the shortening if necessary to thin it. Dip the smaller bars and place on wax paper to firm, or for larger bars, pour the chocolate over the caramel layer, place the pan in the fridge until the chocolate sets, and then cut.

These bars should be stored in the refrigerator, but let them warm back up to room temperature before serving.

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My name's Corinne, and I like cake, cookies, and chocolate! Also, non-c-things such as ponies, Star Trek, and biking. I write a food blog and a blog about life, wide open spaces, and museum work. Nice to meet you!
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