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Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Bars safe

Christmas Cookies!

By annavo

2009-12-11 00:54:47

Make these cookies and give them to friends...but save a few for yourself. As you can see from the picc, they didn't even last long enough to take a picture of the cut cookies. Adapted and made Gluten Free by ME from a Martha Stewart recipe. Note that the shortbread crust dough could also work for any shortbread cookie or spritz cookie recipe.

Prep time 30 minutes
Cooking time 45 minutes
Servings 16-20

Ingredients

FOR THE CRUST

* 9 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for parchment * 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar * 1 1/2 cups all purpose GF baking flour mix (I use Bette’s Featherlight Blend) * 3/8 teaspoon xanthan gum * 1/4 teaspoon table salt * 3 tablespoons milk, or more to moisten crust as needed

FOR THE CHOCOLATE CARAMEL

* 10 1/2 ounces milk chocolate, chopped (2 cups) * 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar * 1/4 cup water * 6 tablespoons unsalted butter * 1 cup heavy cream * 1/2 teaspoon table salt * 1 tablespoon sea salt, preferably fleur de sel

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Make the crust: Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment, leaving an overhang on all sides; butter parchment, excluding overhang. Beat butter and brown sugar on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add GF flour, xanthan gum and table salt, and beat until just combined. Add in milk by tablespoons as needed to moisten dough. 3. Press dough evenly into pan, and bake until lightly browned, about 25 minutes. 4. Make the chocolate caramel: Place chocolate in a medium bowl. Heat granulated sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, washing sides of pan with a wet pastry brush to prevent sugar crystals from forming, until amber, 15 to 18 minutes. Remove from heat. Add butter, cream, and table salt. Bring to a boil, stirring until smooth. Pour over chocolate. Let stand for 2 minutes. Stir to combine, and let stand until cool, about 10 minutes. 5. Pour mixture over crust. Refrigerate at least 4 hours, or overnight. Run a knife around edges; lift parchment to remove whole bar from pan. Sprinkle with sea salt, and cut into bars.
Category Dessert
Cuisine North American
Diet Choices
Tags caramel chocolate christmas cookies shortbread

 

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