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Swirled Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Bars

Thick, gooey caramel filling over buttery shortbread cookie and covered with swirled chocolate ganache is the golden ticket to get anything you want.

Thick, gooey caramel filling over buttery shortbread cookie and covered with swirled chocolate ganache is the golden ticket to get anything you want.

These bars were inspired by the very first sweet treat I had in London earlier this year. Ever since I had it, I’ve been haunted by my desire to re-create my version of this sweet indulgence. Seriously, what’s not to love here? Chocolate. Dulce de Leche. Shortbread. Yum!

 

 

 

Thick, gooey caramel filling over buttery shortbread cookie and covered with swirled chocolate ganache is the golden ticket to get anything you want.

The fancy swirled look might seem too complicated, but it really isn’t. I promise. If you have a toothpick, you’ve got this!

And instead of making caramel from scratch, I’m using dulce de leche. The most fabulous shortcut ever!

Caramel shortbread bars- step by step photo tutorial

I’ve already made a couple batches of these, yet they still disappear in a blink. My husband would do anything for me just as long as I make this for him. It’s our secret to keeping harmony in our marriage! 🙂

Thick, gooey caramel filling over buttery shortbread cookie and covered with swirled chocolate ganache is the golden ticket to get anything you want.

 

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Swirled Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Bars

Thick, gooey caramel filling over buttery shortbread cookie and covered with swirled chocolate ganache is the golden ticket to get anything you want.

Yield: 24 squares

Ingredients:

  • 8oz (230gr) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (100gr) sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (250gr) all-purpose flour
  • 14oz (400gr) Dulce de leche
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 8oz (225gr) semi-sweet chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 4oz (115gr) white chocolate, finely chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Line 13×9-in baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl with paddle attachment, beat butter, sugar, salt and vanilla until well combined, about 2 minutes. Add the flour and mix on low speed just until combined, about a minute, scraping down the sides of the bowl once.
  3. Press the cookie dough into the prepared pan. Bake the cookie for about 23-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool completely on wire rack.
  4. Pour dulce de leche on the cooled shortbread cookie and spread it evenly. Refrigerate, while you prepare the chocolate.
  5. In two medium heatproof bowls, place dark and white chocolates in each bowl and divide the heavy cream into each bowl. Melt the chocolates over simmering water. Pour the dark chocolate mixture over the caramel. Then pour the white chocolate mixture in long strip, as pictured above. Using a toothpick, swirl the two chocolates and let it set. Cut into about 24 small squares before serving.

For step-by-step photos and additional notes, read the post above.

These bars freeze perfectly. Simply place in airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. Bring it to room temperature (takes about 15min) before serving.

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34 comments

  1. hey!
    You wrote in the ingredients to use heavy cream, but I don’t see you put it in the instructions.
    It should be combined with the dark chocolate?

    Thanks!

    • Hi, Gil! You’re right. I didn’t mention to divide the heavy cream into dark and white chocolates when melting. I just updated the recipe. Sorry for confusion and thanks for clarifying.

  2. These look gorgeous…and delicious! Like a super-classy Twix bar!

  3. What a simply and brilliant idea!!! This looks really incredible!!! Thanks for linking this up with us at #foodiefriDIY!  I chose you as one of my faves!!

  4. This looks amazing! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  5. Hey cute girl! Just stopping by to let you know that your shortbread bars were Kimberly’s favorite from the last party! Woo Hoo! We will be featuring them tonight’s party at 7 pm. I hope to see you there! Lou Lou Girls

  6. These bars look incredible! I also would love to makeover my kitchen, I love that backsplash!

  7. Yum! This looks delicious! Thanks so much for posting this. I am going to make it as soon as possible. Keep posting awesome recipes like this I am way excited to see what is to come!

  8. Oh my gosh, what a treat! And I love the features you picked out for a kitchen.

  9. Shinee, these look so amazing!  I am salivating!  Thank you so  much for sharing, Hubby should be happy right? 🙂 I would be! Visiting from Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party.  Pinning!

  10. these look so delicious!

  11. Whoa, do these look delicious! 🙂 This is a great recipe! I would love for you to share this at my party Making Memories Mondays going on now! Hope to see you there! 
    Cathy

  12. Wow, those are drool-worthy! Beyond delicious and gooey too.  Thanks for stopping by Munching Mondays xoxo

  13. These look absolutely divine! Visiting from the Link Party Palooza, have a great weekend! 

  14. I love that you guys live in a house that’s been passed down through the generations. that is so great!!!! and these bars?! gorgeous! Don’t even get me started on my dream kitchen. .  ah, one day!!! 🙂 

  15. We are about to embark on a kitchen remodel. OMG it scares the heck out of me!! Loving these bars, they’re the best!

  16. These bars would definitely motivate me!!! The look sublime!!! And I love the ideas for your dream kitchen. I hope you have it soon 🙂

  17. These bars remind me of classic caramel slices that I so LOVE. I definitely need to make the recipe and can probably guarantee that they won’t last long! 

  18. Well don’t these look delicious. I would probably eat the whole pan! 

  19. These look incredible, Shinee! I mean shortbread plus caramel PLUS chocolate?? I could easily eat this up and die happy. I love the beautiful swirl you did on top too! 

    And kitchen remodels are always fun and scary – fun because who doesn’t love to design their “play” area, but scary because you can’t actually “play” for a while while its under construction. Those appliances are beautiful and drool-worthy, and I think it’s smart to just reface the cabinets – way cheaper than installing a whole new set if you don’t really need to. I love looking on Houzz.com for ideas 🙂

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