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Caramel Cashew Shortbread Bars

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Buttery shortbread crust topped with chewy caramel, crunchy cashews and sea salt!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Caramel Layer

  • 2 cups caramels (see note)
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream or other milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup cashew halves
  • coarse sea salt
  • Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9×9 inch baking pan with foil or parchment and grease well. In a medium bowl blend together butter and powdered sugar until fluffy.
  • In a small bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to butter bowl and mix until smooth.
  • Press mixture in the bottom of your prepared baking pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes until very lightly golden (not overdone!).
  • When you crust is done baking, set it out to cool. In a microwave-safe bowl heat caramels and heavy cream for 2 minutes on half-power. Stir and return to microwave for another 20 seconds at a time, stirring after each, until smooth.
  • When caramel is completely melted and smooth, stir in vanilla and caramels. Immediately pour mixture over shortbread crust. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt (if desired – highly recommended!) and allow to cool completely before cutting into bars and serving. Store in airtight container.
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