Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Chocolate Caramel Shortbread

Wow, the Bag Lady has some really great folks who read her blog! If you haven't checked out the comment section in yesterday's post, please do so to find some excellent-sounding recipes.

The Bag Lady is going to share a recipe with you today that she makes very rarely because it is so good, she can't stop herself from sitting down and gobbling half of the pan at one sitting!

Chocolate Caramel Shortbread

1 1/2 C softened butter (divided)
1/2 C sifted icing sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 C all-purpose flour
1 can Eagle Brand condensed milk
3 Tbsp corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla
3 squares Baker's semi-sweet chocolate (or unsweetened), melted

Pre-heat oven to 350
In large bowl, beat 1 C butter, sugar & salt 'til fluffy. Add flour - mix well. With floured hands, press evenly into greased 9" square pan. Bake 30 - 35 minutes 'til lightly browned. Cool slightly.

In 2 qt glass measuring bowl with handle, melt remaining 1/2 C butter* in microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir in condensed milk and corn syrup. Microwave on high 6 - 8 minutes (stirring after each minute) 'til it turns a light caramel colour. Stir in vanilla. Spread over shortbread, drizzle with melted chocolate. Chill 'til firm.
Store, covered, at room temperature.
*Be sure to use butter. Stir the milk mixture faithfully and watch carefully so it doesn't burn.
It's worth the effort!


Penny said...

I think we call this Millionaires Shortbread! It's so yummy. Thanks Bag Lady! I need sweet treats to bake ready for New Years hangover recovery :0)

TA x

Missicat said...

That sounds soooo good - I used to make shortbread about a million years ago, must try this version. I like the name Millionaire's shortbread!

Leah J. Utas said...

Well it's just cruel to talk about it and not offer your readers any. Cruel.

Tom Rooney said...

I agree with Leah that it's just cruel.

Although I'm still waiting for Sagan to offer up her fiddle diddles.

the Bag Lady said...

TA - I love that name! Henceforth, that is what I shall call it.

Missicat - it is good. Really good. Now I'm thinking I'll have to make some this year.

dfLeah - Oops. I'd offer you some but.....

Tom - I'm with you - Sagan? Oh, Sagan? We're waiting for fiddle diddle recipe..... :)

Anonymous said...

ooh that looks great.

just mark it as "MAKES 2 SERVINGS" and your guilt :) shall be vanquished.

youve eaten one serving!

Geosomin said...

You've got me drooling.
I am making this this weekend...yum.
Shortbread is my favourite thing at Christmas.

the Bag Lady said...

Oh, Miz - you're so smart!! Why didn't I think of that?! :)

Geo - let me know how it turns out, and count your blessings that the weather turned bad - I could so be at your place by the weekend!!!!

Anonymous said...

Note to the world that we in the states call icing sugar confectioner's or powdered sugar...

Does this freeze well? I need to be able to stash stuff like this before the guys get wind of it.

Unknown said...

Ohmygoodness that looks delicious. I have such a weakness for shortbread.

As soon as I find my fiddle diddle recipe I will give it to you! Just have to find it first... its still at the parents place:)

Anonymous said...

That sounds soo freaking good!

the Bag Lady said...

Marianne - oh, yes, I forgot to say that about the confectioner's sugar. And I have no idea if this freezes well - it's never lasted long enough to find out.....

Sagan - we'll wait while you run over there and get it....:)

Tricia - it really is good. ~~sigh~~

JavaChick said...

That looks awesome! Not like I need more cookies to eat, but I may just have to try this...

Ann (bunnygirl) said...

Chocolate Caramel Shorbread???

I. Hate. You.

Or rather, my waistbands will hate you if I make this. It sounds so incredibly decadent!

the Bag Lady said...

Javachick - it is absolutely delicious.

BG - I'm sorry.... if you make it and take it to work, and only eat a little bit? Meh - what am I worried about? You run so much, a whole pan of this wouldn't even show on you!! :)

Hilary said...

finger in ear--> I'm not lissseningggg <--finger in other ear

the Bag Lady said...

Aww, Hilary, you know you wanna try them....!!

new*me said...

looks great for a holiday dessert! Oh my...............the title totally got my attention as I was daintily sipping my green tea and nibbling on my oh-so-good-for-me flax muffin.

Reb said...

Mmmm that sounds good Sis. So do the recipes from yesterday. Here is one for Nuts & Bolts that is really good.

Nuts & Bolts

1 box Shreddies & Cheerios (regular size - not jumbo)
1 (or 2) bags Pretzels (regular size)
1.5 - 2 lbs peanuts

Stir together in large roaster

3 tsp Worcestershire
2 tsp celery salt
2 tsp (or more) garlic powder
1.5 tsp onion powder
1.5 lbs butter (use the real stuff or it won't be as good)

Melt butter, add sauce & spices. Pour over nuts & bolts stirring well. Bake @ 250 - 275 F for 2.5 hrs stirring every 15 mins.

The longer it sits, the better the flavour and it keeps well in a cool place in tupperware.

the Bag Lady said...

Annette - sinful, isn't it? :)

Reb - those sound good!

Crabby McSlacker said...

OMG this sounds so delicious.

If I start walking today, I wonder if I'll get to your house by Christmas?


the Bag Lady said...

Crabby - guess that depends on how fast you walk....

Anonymous said...

Can I have the other half of your pan of this glorious, heavenly treat? I think we can both fit on the sofa...

I'll bring some hot tea to wash it all down with.

Now does anyone have the recipe for "puppy chow" (chocolaty chex mix with powdered sugar)?

the Bag Lady said...

kcinnova - you'd better hurry if you want your half!!

Sarah said...

Wow. This sounds amazing. I thin I may make this during the holidays!! If I do I will let you know how it turns out!

the Bag Lady said...

Sarah - I'd love to hear how it turns out for you!