Salted Caramel Chocolate Chunk Bars

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chunk Bars

I originally had these bars at book club sans chocolate chunks.  They were pretty amazing, however I knew with chocolate they would be flipping’ awe-sssSUM!  You know that moment when you take a bite of something and it’s so good, you need to pause, close your eyes, and thank the Lord above for taste buds?  Yah….that’s what I’m talkin’ bout with these salted caramel chocolate chunk bars, they’re going to make your world go all slow-mo.

You heard me.  Slow. MO.

You know how sometimes you read a food blog and they go on and on about how yummy, and delicious, and scrumptious, and perfectly delectable and amazing their cookie of the day is?  And then like it’s just a regular ol cookie with pretzels in it or whatever…..ya well this is not one of those blog posts cause, wait for it…..

1 pound of butter

50 caramel candies

chocolate chunk pieces

You do the math.  Ok I’ll do the math.  I DID the math and it equalled perfectly delectable scrumptious yumminess!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chunk Bars

These bars take a few steps, they aren’t as easy as these bars, but believe me the steps are worth it! Bake a third of the shortbread in the pan, melt the caramel pieces, then crumble the rest of the shortbread + chocolate chunks over the melted caramel and bake again.  See a few steps, but nothing too complicated!!

 

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chunk Bars

Honestly the hardest part is allowing them to cool so you can cut them into nice little squares.

 

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chunk Bars

What do you see here?  School has been kicking every booty in this house.  Between college essays being finished off, a tough load of classes by all, plus other various sports, another child taking drivers training, scads of fall yard work to be done, there hasn’t been too much time for fun….which as a mom of three teens I want them to have fun, but not too much if ya know what I mean.  I do think a sweet treat is always a good spirit lifter.  A delicious little nibble and a glass of milk to get them through it!

 

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chunk Bars

 

 

 

Do you ever bake your family a special treat to help get them through a particularly hard or busy week?  What’s their favorite?

XO, Sheila

 

PS not that I’m thinking about Christmas or anything…since we haven’t even had Halloween yet, not that Halloween ranks anywhere near Christmas in my book, so in that case I guess it’s ok if I’m jumping ahead to the Lords b-day and skipping over the devils holiday Phew run on sentence, string of thoughts.  My point of this whole post sancript was that these bars would be the perfect addition to your holiday cookie baking list.  It’s good to have one bar on the plate right?!

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Comments

  1. 1

    Wow, all gooey and caramelly. These would be good for every holiday – saints or sinners 🙂
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  2. 2
    Barbara C :

    Made them once and I’m making them again! I added toasted pecans and they’ll be going in there again. They are very hard to stay out of!!! This time instead of eating most of the pan myself, I’m taking them to a cookie exchange. Instead of unwrapping 50 caramel pieces, I used caramel bits that are just right for melting, no unwrapping needed.

    • 2.1
      Sheila :

      Caramel bits! So much easier, thanks for the tip. I actually could not find caramels so I used caramel ice cream topping, they are a little bit gooier (spelling?) than usual but it worked! Enjoy your cookie exchange and Merry Christmas! XO Sheila

  3. 3
    Barbara C :

    Third pan today!! I didn’t have quite the amount of caramel bits so I added some ice cream topping!! I had wondered how that would work and now I know!! Today’s batch was for a friends birthday so I lined the pan with parchment and just lifted the whole thing out and gave it to her in one big piece. They were still warmish and I didn’t want to cut into them. The cookie exchange was fun even though I over cooked the bars a bit. I used a stoneware pan and they cooked faster than I expected in it. The caramel was a bit chewy on the edges. I had to eat that part, to protect the others:) Thanks for telling me about the caramel topping! I think these bars may be a regular around here even though they aren’t the cheapest treat! Merry Christmas to you and yours too!!!!