Chocolate Caramel Shortbread

Chocolate Caramel Shortbread

We are just about ready for Christmas.  Presents have all been purchased.  Cookies have been baked, the menu has been planned, lists have been made.  There is only one last thing that needs to be done.  The wrapping.

I loathe wrapping presents.  Gift bags are way easier, but I admit, not as much fun to tear into.  Before we wrap,  I have to figure out which gifts are from “the big guy” and which gifts will come from me and my husband.  Santa has his own special wrapping paper.  I’ve been using the same jumbo sized roll for three years now!  The kids count on it now!

My husband and I usually do the wrapping together.   My husband, being the perfectionist that he is, will wrap 4 presents to my 12.   His edges will be pristine, the paper will be smooth and the folds will be spectacular.  My edges will either not exist, be crumpled or even torn.  My paper will be wrinkled and my folds will be lumpy and uneven, with gobs of tape holding it all together.  We have different styles to the say the least, but we both recognize that it’s all a means to an end.  The end of course being the delightfully smiling faces of our three kids when they rush into the living room to see the tree filled with presents.

My gift wrapping ability may leave a lot to be desired, but these chocolate caramel shortbread are perfection.  Look at the edges on those babies! Ha!  They taste as good as they look.  Shortbread is so easy.  This crust is buttery and flaky and holds up the caramel perfectly.  It’s important to use milk chocolate for the top layer.  You really need that extra sweetness to contrast the shortbread.

Not everything wonderful comes in packages, these chocolate caramel shortbread are proof!

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Chocolate Caramel Shortbread
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Buttery, flakey shortbread is the base for the caramel topped bars, All topped off with sweet milk chocolate.
Recipe type: Dessert, bars
Serves: 16
  • ⅔ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1¼ cup flour
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 12 oz package milk chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350. In a medium bowl, mix together ⅔ cup butter, sugar and flour. Dough will be crumbly. Press into a 8x8 in square pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
  2. In a saucepan, combine ½ cup butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and condensed milk. Bring to a boil. Let boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir with a wooden spoon for about 3 minutes. Pour over crust. Let cool until caramel sets.
  3. Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute. Stir, continue melting in 15 second intervals until chocolate has completely melted. Pour over caramel layer, using an offset spatula to spread out and smooth. Chill until chocolate has set, about 30 minutes. Cut into squares.

Recipe adapted from All Recipes

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19 Responses

  1. This looks delicious! I love chocolate, caramel and shortbread and you’ve put them all together!

  2. These look delish! Love me some caramel and shortbread. As for Christmas, I am pretty much done shopping, have wrapped many but still need to finish, and have done NO baking! Ah!!! And in my house I like to think that I’m the better wrapper than my fiancee :)

    • I love caramel and shortbread too!!!

  3. How is it that guys wrapping jobs are like, SO much better than girls’?! My boyfriend kept complaining “but I hate wrapping!!” and when I saw his wrap-job last year, I was SO impressed. WHAT THE HECK, MAN. Anyway, I am obsessing over these shortbread squares. Chocolate and caramel? Come to mama.

  4. Oh my – these are looking just perfect. Lots of chocolate and milk chocolate – my favorite :)

  5. This shortbread sounds wonderful, Tanya. 3 of my favorite things, together in one mouthful. For my tastes, you really cannot top this recipe. And I’m with you when it comes to wrapping gifts. Whoever came up with the idea of gift bags was a genius! Unfortunately, this year I’ve 2 gifts that are too large for bags and, therefore, must be wrapped. Two tortured-looking gifts, coming right up!

  6. Oh Girl! I thought I had finished all my goodie making yesterday, but alas, this is going to have to be made and enjoyed in my kitchen today. LOVE me some caramel…and shortbread…and chocolate. Who cares how gifts are wrapped??? =) Thanks for sharing at Weekend Potluck.

    • Sorry Marsha to add to your baking! Funny, I just made one more batch of cookies. It’s hard to stop! And thank you, wrapping paper comes off way to quickly to put too much time into it.

    • Thanks Sue. Normally, my slices don’t turn out this good!

  7. You’re right, these do look wonderful! I don’t mind wrapping if it’s 5 presents or so. But when I get to wrapping 20 or more – blech. Not nearly as much fun and the look of everything quickly goes downhill.

    Merry Christmas!!!

    • It’s exhausting wrapping presents for the kids! I get much sloppier as time goes by! Thanks Erin!

  8. […] most favorite.  The crust for the bars is a very easy shortbread crust; just like the base of my Chocolate Caramel Shortbread bars.  It will look crumbly when you pat it into your pan, but it will bake up perfectly.  The filling […]


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