Valentine’s day is tomorrow and with all of the fabulous treats featured out there in blogland I have had a craving for something sweet and salty.  I spent some time on Pinterest to find inspiration for a new recipe when I stumbled upon a recipe for chocolate-caramek cookie bars.  First you make the shortbread base and the mix up the chocolate caramel and layer it on top.  If you are looking for a last minute Valentine’s treat give them a try, we enjoyed them all weekend!

Directions for Upper Crust:
9 tbsp of unsalted butter at room temperature.
1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 tsp table salt

Ingredients for Chocolate Caramel
2 cups of chopped milk chocolate
1 1/2 cups of granulated or crumbled sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp sea salt
1/2 tbsp table salt
1/4 cup water
6 tbsp unsalted butter

Preheat oven up to 350 degrees
Place a nine inch square baking pan with butter parchment, leaving an overhang on all sides.
Beat butter and brown sugar for about three minutes until it becomes pale and fluffy.
Add flour,table salt and mix it with the above mixture.
Press dough evenly into pan, and bake for about 30 minutes until it become light brown.
To make the chocolate caramel,place the chocolate in a medium bowl.
Heat the crumbled sugar and water in a saucepan over heat which is medium high.
Remember to keep scraping the sides of the pan to prevent sugar crystals from forming on it.
Repeat the process for 10-12 minutes.
Remove from heat and add butter,cream and table salt
Bring this mixture to a boil.Stir it until it becomes smooth.
Pour over chocolate and let it stay for 2 minutes.
Stir to blend everything together.Let it stand for 10 minutes.
Pour the above mixture over the crust.Refrigerate for over 4 hours (or overnight).
Cut the edges of the crust.
Lift parchment to remove the bar from pan
Sprinkle sea salt
Trim edges and cut into 16 pieces
Bars can be kept under refrigeration for up to 3 days.

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I shared on the blog last Valentine’s Day.  XOXO!