Baking Tuesday – Salted Caramel Butter Bars
I had high expectations for these bars. I mean what isn’t to LOVE about salt, caramel and butter?!?! However, I was disappointed in this cookie bar. Basically this is a sugar cookie with caramel. It should have been perfect. It had all the makings for something wonderful and just wasn’t. I tried them straight out of the oven when they were just cool enough to cut and eat. They were chewy and the flavor was delicious. I had the hubby taste test and he spit it out into a trashcan stating the crust was too dry. I found that particularly strange since it is made with 1lb, yep 4 sticks, of butter!
As soon as the bars cooled they became rock hard. I mean, to the point a knife won’t cut them. I don’t know what went wrong. The only thing I can think is the high altitude messed with the baking. I kept them in for the correct time, at the correct heat and followed the directions. I only modified the recipe by using 50-50 Almond and Vanilla Extract. I have never “failed” at a recipe so badly before :(
Bums me out but I probably won’t make them again, even though they had such potential. But, you never know because I KNOW they have to be better than what I got!
Salted Caramel Butter Bars
recipe by Cookies and Cups
1 lb. salted butter room temp
1 cup sugar
1½ cups powdered sugar
1 bag (14 oz.) caramel candies (about 50 individual caramels), unwrapped
1/3 cup milk or cream
½ teaspoon vanilla