Caramel Chocolate and Nut Shortbread Bars

Caramel Chocolate and Nut Shortbread Bars
Staff Writer
therescuebaker.com

This chocolate and shortbread combination is perfect for holiday gifts wrapped in festive bags.This recipe is courtesy of the Divine Chocolate Cookbook: Heaven Chocolate Recipes with a Heart and The Rescue Baker.

12
Servings
201
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the shortbread

  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, cold and cubed

For the caramel

  • 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 Cup granulated sugar
  • One 14-ounce can condensed milk

For the chocolate nut topping

  • One 3.5-ounce dark chocolate bar, such as Divine Chocolate
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons caramel liqueur
  • 1/3 Cup toasted almonds

Directions

For the shortbread

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put all the ingredients for the shortbread base into a food processor and process until pea-sized lumps of dough form. (TRB actually did this by hand; you can break up the butter into the flour mixture with your fingers until pea-sized lumps of dough form). Pour into a greased 8-inch square tin and lightly press down to spread evenly. Prick the tin all over with a fork and then bake for 20-25 minutes until it turns a pale, golden color. Remove from the oven and cool completely.

For the caramel

When the base is cold, make the filling. Melt the butter with the sugar in a heavy non-stick saucepan. Stir in the condensed milk and gently bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly for 5-10 minutes until the mixture turns a light caramel color. Pour the boiling caramel over the base and leave to set.

For the chocolate nut topping

To finish, gently melt the chocolate, then stir in the butter, caramel liqueur, and toasted nuts. Spread evenly over caramel layer and leave to set. Cut into squares with a sharp knife.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
2g
3%
Sugar
2g
2%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Cholesterol
1mg
0%
Carbohydrate, by difference
40g
31%
Protein
5g
11%
Vitamin A, RAE
1µg
0%
Calcium, Ca
66mg
7%
Choline, total
4mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
76µg
19%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
11mg
3%
Niacin
3mg
21%
Phosphorus, P
49mg
7%
Selenium, Se
13µg
24%
Sodium, Na
115mg
8%
Water
6g
0%

Caramel Shopping Tip

There are so many varieties of chocolate on the shelves today it can be overwhelming to pick one – as a general rule of thumb, the fewer the ingredients, the better the chocolate.

Caramel Cooking Tip

Think beyond cakes and pies – fruits like peaches, pineapple, and figs are excellent grilled – brush with melted butter or wine and sprinkle with sugar and spices for a dessert that you can feel good about.