Red Velvet Caramel Shortbread Bars

Red Velvet Caramel Shortbread Bars

I was quite the cougar back in the day.  When I was in the eighth grade, I had a very serious relationship with a seventh grader.    I think we “went together” for a whole two weeks.   Of course, back then, the term “going with someone” meant that I thought he was cute and he thought I was cute.  That was it.  We didn’t really see each other, unless it was a school event.  And we didn’t really talk on the phone.  It was easy to forget about the other person when you only saw each other in passing at school.  This is why these relationships were so short-lived.  Two weeks was quite the deal.

I remember those dreamy two weeks were in February.   I was sort of excited to buy this guy a Valentine’s Day gift.  I never dated anyone on Valentine’s day, so this was huge!  I remember going to Walgreens to buy his gift.  I knew what the gift would be before I even met him!  I always wanted to buy someone those large Hershey Kisses!  I don’t know why I thought that a giant, pyramid of chocolate was the gift that said ” I love you”, but in my mind, it totally did!  Of course, I would have preferred he buy one for me, but whatever.  I’m a giver.   I carefully worded his card and I wrapped the kiss in heart covered paper.  Then, I decided to walk it to his house, which was very bold of me.  As I said, we never communicated outside of school.  My best friend went with me for support.  When we got to his house, he stepped outside and promptly told me it was over.  He wanted to just be friends.

Contrary to what you might be thinking, I was not sad.  The first thing I thought of was that I was so relieved he broke up with me BEFORE I gave him his gift!!!  Whew!  The Hershey Kiss was mine, ALL MINE!!!  I practically skipped all the way home!   When I got into my room, I shut my door, ripped open that crinkled silver wrapper and dug in!   I made short work of that giant kiss and each morsel was heaven.

I’ve come a long way since those days of young, unrequited love.  But one thing remains the same, I still LOVE my chocolate!!!  Chocolate is the first thing that hits you with these bars.  The top layer is the red velvet brownie.   They are full of chocolate flavor  with a texture that is both cake like and fudgy-as a brownie should be.  The middle layer is chocolate covered caramel Ghirardelli squares that melt just enough during baking.  You can really feel and taste that lovely caramel.  The final layer is one of my favorites: buttery, flakey shortbread.  This is one decadent bar!!  You will win anyone over with these red velvet dreams!

I served myself one of these bars before anyone else had one.  I had that same mouth-watering anticipation I experienced before I ate that Hershey Kiss so many years ago.  There’s just something about that moment right before you bite into something that you know will amaze your taste buds!  And these red velvet bars did not disappoint!

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Red Velvet Caramel Shortbread Bars
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 20 caramel filled Ghirardelli Squares (.375oz ea)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 ¼ cups sugar
  • 1 ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1tablespoon vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 bottle red food coloring (1 oz.)
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  1. Pre heat oven to 350. Spray a 9 x 13 pan and set aside.
  2. In a mixer, cream butter and sugar. Carefully add flour and mix until crumbly. Press dough into prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes or until just brown around the edges. Remove and let cool completely.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, melt butter. Add sugar , stir and heat mixture once more until it becomes shiny ( about 1 minute). Stir in cocoa, salt, baking powder vanilla and food coloring. Whisk in eggs until batter is smooth. Carefully stir in flour.
  4. When crust has cooled, place caramel filled chocolate squares over crust. Pour brownie batter over chocolates. Bake for 25-28 minutes or until brownies are set around the edges. Do not over bake.

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42 Responses

  1. Thanks for the cute story! It brought back all kinds of similar memories:-)

    • We all have those memories, don’t we Loretta? Glad those days are gone!

  2. I love it! I remember those days of “boyfriends” when we never actually spoke to each other. Too funny!

    Oh, and these bars? AMAZEBALLS.

    • Yeah, I finally got around to really talking to boys! Ha ha. Thanks Dorothy!

  3. Aimee @ ShugarySweets

    Seriously these look incredible!!!

    • Thanks Aimee, they were gone in no time!

  4. Hahaha I had a few of those “going together” relationships in school…too funny!!! These bars look so delish…I’m loving all the flavors!!!

    • Those days were so funny weren’t they? Thanks Jocelyn!

  5. Atta Girl! Who needs him when you’ve got a giant Hershey kiss? Thanks for the chuckle, Tanya.
    These shortbread bars sound delicious and look so enticing in your photo. A great post!

    • I’ve always been so easy to please! A Hershey kiss is all I need, nothing extravagant! My husband has it easy!

  6. Oh my gosh- these look amazing! Thanks!

  7. the main reason I like Valentine’s day is sweets and treats I can make and have 😀

    • Valentine’s day IS a great excuse to bake and eat!

  8. These look wonderful and delicious Tanya !

    • I’m so glad you came to my little blog Nancy! Thank you!

  9. Thanks so much for linking up to my Super Saturday Show & Tell today! I these.. how fun :) xoxo~ Ruthie

  10. Hehe! I sooo enjoyed your post 😉 I saw your link at the Sundae Scoop party & stopped by for a yummy recipe, but I enjoyed the laugh just as much as I will these treats someday (pinning ;)) Thanks for sharing…the cute story & the delicious recipe! 😉

  11. Love your story! Those days seem so long ago….thank goodness! Your bars are perfect for Valentine’s!

  12. those look so yummy. there goes my diet.
    Also, I’m hosting a giveaway on my blog (it ends Tuesday) if you’d like to come by and check it out that would be excellent!

    Sara Ivy

    • Er, sorry about the diet. Totally worth it though!

  13. These look super yummy! And your story was great.

  14. Lisa

    These sound great! However, my lazy side is asking if you could just buy a red velvet cake mix for the top part and alter the amount of eggs or butter to make it work. What do you think? Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • Absolutely! I’d reduce the egg to maybe 1.

  15. Shanna

    Excited to make these this week! Do you think I can use heart-shapped cookie cutters? Or would they just fall apart? Thanks! :-)

    • Can’t wait to hear how these turn out for you!

  16. Glenda Johanson

    I made these bars today! Baked them for the amount of time you suggested, they looked done, but now that I have cut into them they are not quit set in the middle! Do they seem that way before they are cooled? Was so looking forward to these for my husband!!


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