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Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate, and Brown Butter Shortbread Bars with Sprinkles

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These salted caramel, dark chocolate, and brown butter shortbread bars are three simple layers full of seriously awesome gooey goodness. You're going to need some willpower to not eat the entire pan!

I’m super excited to share this recipe with you guys today because not only is it freaking amazing in all its gooey glory; it’s also special because we’re celebrating someone who’s as sweet as a peach and deserves an entire pan of these bars!

Can ya guess who? She’s got a cookbook out called Seriously Delish

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Eek yes! It’s Jess’ virtual baby shower! From all the participants in this virtual baby shower, you can just tell how loved Jess is in this community. She’s one of the sweetest bloggers I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and I won’t lie, I was totally star-struck when I met her a few years ago at a blogging conference. She sat at the same table with me and I was kind of speechless. I think we talked about Pittsburgh and her upcoming Michigan trip because she was heading there right after the conference.

I love reading her blog on the daily..filling my mornings with laughter and wishing I could just reach through the screen to eat whatever masterpiece she’s created.

The greatest masterpiece is set to arrive in a few weeks and I seriously cannot be more thrilled for her and husband! She’s going to make such a wonderful mother. Can you imagine the amazing food this child of hers is going to have?! I’m slightly jealous.

These salted caramel, dark chocolate, and brown butter shortbread bars are three simple layers full of seriously awesome gooey goodness. You're going to need some willpower to not eat the entire pan!

I loved the theme of this baby shower. We were to think of the most trashed up recipe we could think of. If you know anything about Jess, glitter, sprinkles, and trashing up food is her life motto and I seriously love her for that. She definitely is up for anything!

These salted caramel, dark chocolate, and brown butter shortbread bars are three simple layers full of seriously awesome gooey goodness. You're going to need some willpower to not eat the entire pan!

These salted caramel, dark chocolate, and brown butter shortbread bars are three simple layers full of seriously awesome gooey goodness. You're going to need some willpower to not eat the entire pan!

These salted caramel, dark chocolate, and brown butter shortbread bars are actually really easy to make. It’s just three simple layers full of seriously awesome gooey goodness. I was inspired to make these on my flight to London of all places. Virgin Atlantic gave us these chocolate caramel bars as part of our dessert and it was like a light bulb that went off in my head and how I wanted to recreate it.

Jess = salted caramel, brown butter, + sprinkles.

Hope you love these, Jess!! So happy for you and Eddie!! xoxo

Be sure to check out everyone else’s recipe below!!!

These salted caramel, dark chocolate, and brown butter shortbread bars are three simple layers full of seriously awesome gooey goodness.
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Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate, and Brown Butter Shortbread Bars with Sprinkles

These shortbread bars are three simple layers full of seriously awesome gooey goodness. 
Prep Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 8
Author: Julie Chiou

Ingredients

For the shortbread crust

  • 1/4 cup brown butter (or if you don't care for brown butter you can just use regular butter)
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

For the caramel layer

  • 1 cup salted caramel sauce

For the chocolate layer

  • 10 ounces dark chocolate chips, melted
  • Your favorite type of sprinkles

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line the bottom of an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper with a 1-inch overhang on either side. Lightly grease the bottom and sides. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together brown butter (or regular melted butter), flour, and granulated sugar.
  • Press the dough into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Make sure it's an even layer. Using a fork, prick the dough all over, about 5-6 times. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove and let cool for 30 minutes. To quicken the process, you can pop it in the fridge.
  • After the shortbread layer has cooled, pour the salted caramel sauce on top and spread it evenly across the shortbread layer with an offset spatula. Let caramel cool for 30-45 minutes.
  • After the caramel has set and is cooled, pour melted chocolate on top of the caramel layer. Use a generous amount of your favorite sprinkles and sprinkle it all over the top of the chocolate.
  • Place the pan in the fridge for 2-3 hours, or until all the layers are just set.
  • Let bars come to room temperature then cut into squares with a sharp knife.
  • **These are ooey gooey messy bars so no need for perfection**

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Kara Mathys @Wellnessgrit

Friday 25th of January 2019

Absolutely love your creative idea with salted caramel dark chocolate and brown butter shortbread bars! Can I post it on my blog? Thanks for sharing!

Julie Wampler

Friday 25th of January 2019

Hi, no, I don't allow reposting of my recipes elsewhere without a licensing fee.

Robin Hamilton @Wellness Wires

Friday 28th of September 2018

Legit speechless, that salted caramel dark chocolate and brown butter shortbread bars recipe look unreal! Definitely, I will make it on the weekend for my family.

Bella Hardy @ Healthnerdy

Monday 25th of June 2018

These salted caramel dark chocolate and brown butter shortbread bars with sprinkles are absolutely magnificent, scrumptious, delicious, super yummy.

Jill Roberts @ WellnessGeeky

Tuesday 26th of December 2017

The colors are so vibrant - your photography is fantastic! These salted caramel dark chocolate and brown butter shortbread bars with sprinkles are incredible and yummy! Are they gluten-free? Thanks for sharing!

Julie

Tuesday 26th of December 2017

No, I don't believe they're gluten-free.

Hannah

Sunday 20th of March 2016

Hello dear - made this tonight. I'm wondering if the proportions you used for the shortbread - .25 C. brown butter and 2.25 C. sugar and flour - actually worked to bind the mixture together? I suspected it was not wet enough and after baking it and topping it with caramel and chocolate, it came out as an unbound powder. Is there any other ingredient or more butter that held your crust together?

Julie

Sunday 20th of March 2016

Hi Hannah, yes that proportion worked for me, however, if yours didn't bind, I would add extra melted butter or some water to bind it some more :)