‘Tis the season, for shortbread, it seems, in all shapes sizes and variations. Today the shortbread is combined with a few other yummy things. On their own chocolate, caramel and shortbread are delicious. Put them together and the taste combination is superb.
This is an oldie but goodie I go back to every year during holiday time. I’m not sure how old it is but it is a Borden Foods recipe (probably most of you reading this have no idea who the Borden Food company or Elsie the Cow is). No matter, like most delicious and simple recipes it stands the test of time…and it’s not really THAT old!
Fabulous right out of the fridge these squares will also freeze well so you can bake ahead and have ready for yourself or when company drops by.
Tip: When making the caramel layer make sure to stir every minute or so. The butter, condensed milk and corn syrup can get some burnt bits if you leave to long before stirring. If you happen to get some solidified bits in your caramel because you ‘saved’ it before the burning point (not like that’s ever happened to me!!) pour it through a sieve and no one will be the wiser. If you burn it…well, unfortunately it will need to be tossed. Hint – always have a second can of condensed milk on hand!
Chocolate Caramel Shortbread
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease or parchment line a 9-inch square pan. Makes approx. 20 pieces.
1 1/2 cups of butter, softened (divided into 1 cup and 1/2 cup measures)
1/2 cup icing sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 can Condensed Milk
3 tbsp corn syrup
3 ounces semi-sweet or dark chocolate, melted
Beat 1 cup soft butter with the icing sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Add in flour and mix until combined scrapping down sides and bottom of mixing bowl.
Press mixture evenly into bottom of prepared pan and bake in oven for about 20 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.
In a microwave safe bowl melt the remaining 1/2 cup of butter. Add in the condensed milk and corn syrup and return to microwave. Cook on high for about 6-8 minutes making sure to stir after every minute until mixture turns a light caramel colour.
Pour caramel mixture on top of warm shortbread layer. Let set and drizzle with melted chocolate. Allow to cool completely and cut into squares.
Can you say, Mmmm Mmmm amazingly good and perhaps just a little indulgent!