Salted Caramel Shortbread Squares


10 tbsp. salted butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg yolk, whisked
1 2/3 cups flour


1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup  light corn syrup
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Coarse salt for dusting

Line and 8×8 pan with parchment paper leaving the edges hanging over the two sides.  For the shortbread:  combine butter, sugar and flour in a bowl.  Let cool slightly and add in beaten egg.  Stir until combined.  Press dough into the pan.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes.  Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until it begins to brown.  Let cool.  For the caramel: In a sturdy saucepan combine all caramel topping ingredients except the vanilla. Bring to a boil and stir until sugars are dissolved and the mixture is well combined. Using a candy thermometer or the cold water test, cook the mixture until the soft ball stage is reached.  Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Cool slightly then pour over the shortbread.  Sprinkle with coarse salt and refrigerate for several hours. Once chilled, cut into 64, 1-inch squares.  Store covered in the refrigerator for up to ten days.

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